auerbrau (2946) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Track 84 - Warwick, RI. Aroma throws a sweet and somewhat pleasent toffee pudding and brown bread with a bristly crispy butter and sugar caramelization. Pours a heavy brown with little white head. Flavor is immediately sweet and surprisingly boozy for only ~7%. The alcohols are warm, but pair well with the spicing underneath. The oatmeal creaminess adds a lot of depth to this beer. There were a lot of ways to go with this beer, but I think this worked the best.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Maxís. Pours a mostly deep dark brown- coffee almost black with a decent lasting off beige head. Aroma is nutty, chocolate malts, mostly sweet, definite oatmeal and oatmeal cookie going on- sweet moderate fruits- raisin, toast, and caramel/toffee sweet. Flavor is nicely sweet with toffee and smooth with creamy oats, cookie-like with chocolate malts, toast, Munich sweetness, light butter- diacetyl slickness but overall I thought it was pretty good.
dchmela (2402) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours a reddish brown with a thick creamy head. unmistakable aroma of oatmeal cookies, raisin an spice. Taste is light malt with oatmeal and dark fruit. Good stuff.
KYbrewgal (45) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Sergioís. Toasty, roasty, malty sweet aroma. Low carbonation, opaque dark brown with a low tan head. Oatmeal slickness/fullness on the palette, medium roast and bready flavors. Rich full mouthfeel. Would like to taste it again with more carbonation; but very good.
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - FEB 2, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Picked up 1/30/10 as growler-fill from Bellport Daveís. Drinking it tonight, 2/2/2010. Pours like a porter. Very dark, almost black. Minimal head (probably from two days post fill?) "Bubblegum" up front then some cocoa and chocolately-stuff as it warms. Not a bad aroma but not really all that intriguing either. Then again, as a porter, itís probably not supposed to weigh in on the nose like a RIS. Pretty thin. Residual cocoa finish. Canít shake the "candy flavor". "Dusty" finish.
PilsnerPeter (3019) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum: Deep slick headless brown pour. Chocolaty and raisiny aroma with a soft roast presence. Slick body with mild carbonation. Airy/wafery dark malts in the flavor. Some raisiny character, but itís quite dry. A hint of metallic character with a softly roasted finish. One dimensional and par at best. The story is romantic, but the beer in practice is a mere mediocrity.
Travlr (7939) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Maxís in Baltimore, courtesy of Rob - than you sir! Thin maroon color with an edge head and no lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate and vanilla. Flavor starts with caramel, progresses to malt balls and cocoa with a scotch finish. Interesting.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler, For being almost 8 percent i thought this was pretty good. Poured a dark black, smelled some vanilla. Tasted like cookie dough. Would def. try again.
Maverick34 (1711) - New York, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark w/minor head. Aroma is vanilly. Taste is the same, I kind of convinced myself it was cookie doughed up. Alcohol camouflaged but can bomb you quickly.
HoppityHop (158) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alcohol is well hidden and the flavor is up front. Might be a little thin for the style, and thereís a touch of raisin more than oat......black as coal with a tan head. The Brewerís Reserve series continues to impress. Great beer from a great brewery. I like this as much as Backbreaker, in a totally different way.