hopscotch (9059) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can… Pours nearly black with a huge, creamy, lightly-tanned head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is of deeply roasted malts, vanilla, oak, espresso and coconut. Full-bodied and milky with weak carbonation. The flavor is a good bit alcoholic with notations of chocolate, whiskey and oak. Sweet, warming, sourmash finish. Lots of barrel-aged features here, but the commercial description on the can doesn’t mention anything about this being a barrel-aged beer. Enjoyable. Can courtesy of jcwattsrugger!
Drake (8216) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL can courtesy of jcwattsrugger, opened 5/7/10. Pours a dark brown color with a large brown head. Good head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of leafy hops, nutty notes, grapes and other fruit notes. The taste is caramel, floral/perfume notes, bitter hop notes, grapes, dark fruits, toffee and a light smokiness. A bit of booze, smooth, medium-full bodied. A different and very interesting beer.
jtclockwork (8184) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours black with tan head. Nose is smoked chocolate malts and funk. Taste is smoke, black coffee, chocolate and burnt caramel malts.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Light buttry aroma with light caramel. Toffee and light buttery flavor with light mineral notes. Medium bodied. Toffee and light butter lingers with light mineral.
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Belmont Station. Pours an opaque black with a dense, creamy dun-colored head that takes forever to settle. Shows plenty of lumpy rocks and nice moussy foundation even after it has settled. Tons of sheeting, webby lace. Gorgeous. Nice mild chocolate, anise, and roast nose--mild for such a high-grav, forceful-looking beer, I mean. Thick creamy body with that lager-yeast silkiness. Delectable. Chocolate, anise, and roast on the mid-palate, with a nicely subdued finish of restrained sweetness. Deceptively understated and calm with a nicely hidden booze payload. Not sure if the level of complexity is really enough payoff for the amount of booze and malt packed into this one, but it’s very good as it is. Interesting result from what must have been a fun recipe-building process.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours almost black. Smells sweet. Tastes sweet with malt. Is bad.
Sorry, a re-tard was in the midst of rating and I stole back the computer. Thanks to kmweaver for the kick ass silver can with a sticker that looks like its the presidents choice version from safeway. Hell yeah! Lots going on in the nose. Tons of roast, burnt malts, burnt bread, earthy hops, some dark fruit shows up too but is very light. Caramel too. Pours almost black with a great beige lasting head. Roast, cola, chocolate, big bitterness - earthy and somewhat piney, peppery. Nice hops actually. Burnt notes, charred notes, carbon, very interesting. Body is light and somewhat clean even with all the roast, burnt, and hop notes. Alcohol shows up and is lately warming. I like this, but I guess its because I am not the # 1 sour rater in the world and my palate is akin to a re-tard, or perhaps its vice versa? Paging Dr. faggot! Not at the table Carlos. Fuck your stupid idiot ratings and fuck trying to win fake competitions on the internet so dudes with nicknames will think you are cool... My balls fell asleep.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a fizzy off white head. Strong chocolate roasted grain and drip coffee aroma. Tastes of coffee mild chile chocolate and sweet spice with a dry cherry and coffee finish. Major points for originality.
decaturstevo (4983) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of roasted malt and peat. Smokey malt, a hint of coffee, roasted malt, and a good malt bitter. Medium bodied just a tad fizzy.
JohnnyJ (4307) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap the the SD strong ale fest 09. brown pour. Dark sweet malt, dried fruit, a bit of toffee, and dirty sock. It’s alright.
boFNjackson (4126) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Barleywine & Big Beer Fest... Poured deep, dark brown with amber highlights and a khaki head. Cocoa malts with a lager yeast shining through. Cherry tones, caramel and a malty finish.