nimbleprop (5329) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely a melding of styles. Pours a translucent, black with a thin tan head. Looks like a schwarzbier. Aroma smells like a mild porter. Sweet, toasty, coffee, etc. Flavor is completely different: hops citrus, pine. Finish is sweet, a little watery. Weird.
blipp (6495) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a thin beige head. First whiff is 100% piny resinous hops. Then roasted malts and a light sweetness. The flavor is smooth and balanced. The hop profile is flavorful and not overly bitter, pine needles galore, with lighter floral and citric qualities. Roasted malts aren’t as intense as I expected. Just a hint of chocolate. It’s definitely more of a ’roasty IPA’ than a ’hoppy imp stout’. A light fruity sweetness rounds everything out. Surprisingly drinkable. This beer reminds me of Christmas.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep brown color with some ruby notes and a cream colored head. Roasty malt aroma with some cola and caramel notes. Minty and citrus hop nose. Mix of hops, roasted malt, nuts, and chocolate. Long semi-dry moderately bitter finish. Sub medium bodied. Nice beer but not worth $7 for a 11oz beer.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Churchkey. Black, tan creamy head. Roasted citric fruitiness rides soft undercurrents of toasty molasses. Well balanced flavors as soft roasty cocoa notes round with a dark malt and fruit foundation. Backend hop addition rounds this out with just a touch of citric zest bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Just ok for me...
bierkoning (10728) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from cgarvieuk, thanks Craig! Deep dark brown color, almost opague. Chocolate, blackcurrant and raisin in the aroma. Malty flavor with dark chocolate, twigs, raisin, figs and blackcurrant. Roastbitter aftertaste with tannines and dreid fruit. Good!
leaparsons (8461) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask, Nottingham Fest 09. Dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas are chocolate and raisins with roast mats and berries. Molasses with yeast and lots of spices. Flavours are lots of dark chocolate with bitter coffee and pine. More grapefruit than expected with some floral notes. Spices and warming alcohol on the finish. Great.
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. Big hops, citrus, and earthy pine aromas. Chewey. Roast, coffee, char, grapefruit rind, and a little raisin. Finishes with a slowly developing, but brutal, bitterness with some nice tannins. Quite tasty.
caesar (5465) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark color, short head. Aroma of some chocolat, roasted malt, coffee, some hop. Bit bitter taste, roasted malt. Ok.
skortila (4665) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Aroma has chocolate, roast and fruitiness. Black coloured beer with a thin, beige head. The taste has roast, tobacco, some fruits. Medium bodied. Nice stuff.
Travlr (14159) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy deep copper color with a wafer thin light tan head and a decent amount of lacing. Aroma of Chivas Regal, hints of scotch and oak. Flavor begins with almond and hints of chocolate, a slight edge of hoppy bitterness, and then finishes much more on the sour side. Interesting and complex.