Roonai (298) - - MAR 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at cbc during EBF weekend. Poured black with a brown head. Coffee with some hops in there and a dark fruit sweetness. Taste is a hop pop that shows through smokey roasted malts. This was a cool beer.
deyholla (7587) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Poured dark brown with a gray head that dissipated slowly to the edges and laced nicely. Aroma was full of roasted malt with a bit of bitter backing hop and a hint of dryness. Flavor began with chocolate and roasted malt with a backing pine note. Finish was slightly dry.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask (gravity dispense) at Great British Beer Festival, day 3 on 6 August 2009. Nice dark colour. Lots of body - rich but not too heavy. Rum & raisin ice cream. Finishes dry. Excellent balance between presence & drinkability. Worked very well on cask I thought.
Alphadelic (1860) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Marmite, roasts and charcoal on the nose. Oily with a huge roast character and a burnt cake or biscuit finish. Very nasal. It smokes you out.
theisti (3396) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shaker pint pour at the brewpub in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pour is a murky brown with a smallish tan head. Nice coating lacing lines the glass as it goes down. Aroma is soft natural roast and bright pine. Nice integrated, fresh, clean nose. Taste is creamy roast malt along with the pine hoppiness. Palate is medium bodied, with a nice active carbonation and a crisp dry bitter finish. Straight forward, but really clean and drinkable.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler filled at the brewpub and consumed three days later. Pours black with a moderate light brown head that lasted until mid-glass and left a layer of foam with each sip and considerable lace. Very pleasant aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and caramel. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and coffee. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium-full bodied. Excellent beer.
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at CBC. During my progression from sample to sample (about 4oz each - what do you expect, I’m a ticker!), this was the first impressive one I encountered. Darkest brown in color with a well-formed light tan head sitting on top. Aroma is pretty nice for the style, albeit typical. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and slight coffee, maybe even some fruitiness. Flavor is excellent, yet not over-the-top. Caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt are balanced in just the proportions you would want. Definitely some toffee flavor in there, as well as some earthy and fruity notes in the background. Somewhat smooth on the palate with medium body and soft carbonation. A real winner overall, great for the style.
vtafro (4413) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark pour with some light tan head. Chocolate, lactose, slight dark fruits, caramel and roasted malts. Hops are slight.
mephisto (1273) - TAIWAN - MAY 14, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap in boston common, it is pitch black with brown head. the aroma is coffee with hint of chocolate. the flavor is chocolatey with a hint of caramel. well balanced and enjoyable.
Zymurgeist2 (1203) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque with amber hints. Tan head collar, big roasted malt. Dry finish and lots of coffee on the palate.