phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not sure how long this one was sitting on the shelf but it tasted like it has been for a while. Pours a dark mahogany colour with more of reddish tint near the top. Head is weak, tan coloured. Aroma is like old stale peanuts with a little bit of toffee. Taste was dirty, a little chewy in fact- again stale peanuts with a hint of toast.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from BevMo. Dark mahogany pour with very thin off white head and light lacing. Aroma has a bit of a chocolate essence to it with a bit of port wine scent as well. Has more of a Porter feel and taste to it and has a bit of that grittiness to it that I noted in their Organic Porter. Some nutty notes in the flavor round it out with some trailing hoppy bitterness. Mouth feel is a tad on the thin side. Overall, decent.
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
murky opaque brown with small brown head. caramel, grape aroma. smooth with low carbonation. flavor is mostly caramel and dark chocolate with notes of grape juice and nuts.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 23, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mildly malt astringent nose with a bit of roasted iced tea. Some cocoa and nuts on the palate with a very mild bittering. Butnt caramel comes in at mid-palate. Dry and lingering finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Source: Norm’s, DC
Dark brown with ruby highlights, whispy tan head, sweet nutty malt aroma, rich dry malt flavor, touch of smokey roasted character, low bitterness, a nice big chestnut brown ale
good rich chocolate flavor
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAR 27, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A huge head to this one, crazy head. Dark brown pour, Alcohol is abit up front, lots of roasted malts, some cardboard flavor, somewhat unbalanced, but drinkable,eh..
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Received as part of a Winter Brew package. A decent brew and a good winter brew. Strong aroma and taste are its key features, but I would probably not purchase this beer again.
NikonTheDog (16) - Hawaii, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. A frothy, large, long lasting white head with a lightly bitter flavor and lively carbonation. Very good but not great.
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Dark red-brown color that left a small creamy head and little lacing. Nose was strong roasted malts, with some hops and spices. Mouthfeel is rich and almost sticky. Flavor is of malts, chocolate, fruity, and mostly coffee. Finish a bit bitter. Overall a decent, but not outstanding brown.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from gift pack: Hazy dark brown with burgandy highlights when held up to light. Head is huge, frothy and tan. Aroma is malty with hints of spice. Flavor is nutty and fruity (plum) then peppery finishing lightly biter and dry. Medium bodied and watery with lively carbonation.