574deadzone (1090) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft. Pours a deep plum color with a decent cocoa-khaki head that settles to a thick ring and leaves a soapy wall of lace. Nose involves toasted malt, cherry, chocolate, some mineral character, raisin, fruitcake, and cocoa. Some sweetness, fairly tart, somewhat bitter. Full bodied, soft, velvetty, with a long warm toasty and tart finish. Very dessert-like, reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries.
craftyfarmhand (2) - - DEC 19, 2014 does not count
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a huge fan of the aroma but the milky head and layers of flavor were a great combo of tart, coffee, coca and a clean finish.
Ferris (4988) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Cherry tartness and dark malts. Deep brown with a decent beige head. Vinous, chocolaty notes, sweet yeasty boozy finish. Nice.
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tallboy can shared at a tasting. Pours a clear dark brown with a thin fizzy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of chocolate, butter, roasted malts, mild dark fruits. The taste is nuts, chocolate, cocoa, mild citrus and dark fruits. Thin-medium bodied, the name is a bit misleading as we were expecting tartness.
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint can. Poured a black color, with brown edges and an off white head. Chocolate, dark fruits, yeast, and a bit roasty. Tart cherries .... digging the tart finish.
fattybladdy (616) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with thick head. Tart cherry and sour fruit standing out in the aroma. Taste of tart cherry, plum, dark chocolate with some yeasty funk. Pretty solid.
flatmatt (1158) - Northville, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz can. Pours black with a tan head. Tart chocolatey, molasses aroma. Flavor has that tart leading edge, cocoa and raisin. It’s pretty tasty, though pushing up the tartness would make it really interesting. But nothing to complain about here!
Mittenator (1389) - Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at crunchy's in east Lansing. Near black with a dark head. Incredibly smooth and rich. Slightly malt and tart cherries.
DiarmaidBHK (3546) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at brewpub. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Big roasted malt notes on the nose. Huge dark fruits and malt on the tongue. Thus feels like the undertaker turned up to 11 which is how it should be. I gotta say it’s nearly 10 and hides it’s booze really well. Nice!
BeerBunker (725) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is of raisins, chocolate, and toasty malt. Taste is of raisin, chocolate, and toasty malt. All the flavors are very muted. There is a very distinct alcohol bite. As it warms up, more of a cherry flavor comes out. Overall, I was very disappointed.