3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Interesting and delicious, I had a full glass and I found it less sweet and more beefy / full-bodied than the other BRU beers on tap at the time. Roast-heavy aroma with smaller hints of charred wood and inky black patent. Plenty of cocoa / chocolate / coffee notes with more cara malt chewiness in the background, especially noticeable in the finish. Still, the malt is beefy and the carbonation frothy giving it the bounce of cake. Thankfully not overly sweet, and the pumpkin doesn’t show up at all for me, not even a hint. Astringent and tannic finish of burnt and lightly-smoked malt. This is the one BRU beer during this visit that seemed to work.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ BRU. Pours a hazy reddish brown appearance with a dark brown head. Coffee, dark grape, chocolate, twangy aroma. Weirdly fruity, brown sugar, dark chocolate, cocoa flavor. Strange
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ BRU. Black pour with an off-white head. Roasted malt, coffee, rice, licorice, and a touch of water on the nose. Kind of a sour dark fruit aroma. Weird. Flavor is roasted malt, cocoa powder, and coffee. Sour dark fruit, light ash, licorice, and plums. Really weird.