VertBaconStrips (2134) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am drooling from smelling this! Ultra dark red going dark brown with a small deep tan cap that resides forever. Excellent lacing... well, maybe not excellent but considering this is 18% itís pretty good.. Man, Smells thick as hell! Awesome. Sweet, intense, cranberries, cocoa, plums, raisin, roast, fragrant and floral, weak pepper. Iím reviewing this pretty close to room temperature. Heavy heavy roast.. this is excellent. Damn, this tastes excellent. Tasty cranberries, alcohol, spices, plum, touch of fruit cake, flowers, a bit of heat initially, raisins, candy, Halls cough drops,.. getting sweeter as I go. Thick roast, very fruity.. I donít quite see the 90 IBU but the bitterness is by no means silenced. Quite thick mouth feel but not overly which is surprising. Smooth, a bit of carbonation which all help leaving my mouth soft and soothed. Good bitterness, finishes oddly fruity with a spice and a light burn on occasion. I love this beer. 10 thumbs up!
bleeng (1554) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to texasjeep shared at the Feb. Houston RB tasting. Black with a thick white head. Nose is spicy and herbal. Taste is sweet, herbally, chocolately. Thick and chewy, with a high but tolerable alcohol presence. Almost too easy to drink. Good stuff here.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(11.2oz bottle, BB 14/12/19, courtesy of angrypirate06) Pours a mahogany body with a small tan head. Aroma of alcohol, roasted grain, and nuts. Flavor of ALCOHOL, roasted grain, caramel, toffee, oak, and apple. Extremely hot and undrinkable. Another over hyped high alcohol mess.
Travlr (14366) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Churchkey in DC. Dark brown, edge head, massive lacing. Aroma of motor oil and anise. Flavor has dark cherries, chocolate, licorice candy. Very smooth. Shocking.
ilovedarkbeer (2379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to angrypirate06. Pours a dark orange tiger eye color. Nose is red candied apple skin and rubbing alcohol. Taste is cognac, dark brown sugar, and oak. Hot lively mouthfeel. This beer is a hot mess. Like the girl who pukes outside a house party, then starts crying, and hiccuping all while her makeup is running and there is vomit dripping out of her nose and mouth. You feel bad for her but you donít really want to get near her.
dyetube (1243) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours black with a thin tan head that dissipates very quickly. The aromas are strong Cranberries, sweet sugar and faint chocolate. The flavors are cranberries, light chocolate and a hint of the jasmin. This is a powerful beer that packs quite a punch!
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Texasjeep for this beer. Pours a rich, dark brown with caramel edge. Very little head. Sweet, chocolate notes, with alcohol, spicey notes, wet wood and dark caramel malts. Wonderful flavor of coffee, rum, toffee and hot alcohol notes. Really flavorful beer with a great finish. Much thanks Dave.
argo0 (11856) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Medium tan head atop cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, cranberry, some raspberry, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, cranberry, some vinous. Alcohol warming without burn. Full body, some stickiness, low carbonation.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Mark Dredge. Poured very black, roasted malts, molasses, licorice, alcohol, wood, vanilla, little chocolate, slight coffee
blutt59 (6090) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to the pirate, pours like a pepsi in color with aromas of cocoa nibs and leathery, flavors of sweet molasses, malty chocolate and coffee, sweet finish