thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Prohibition pig. Pours dark brown with creamy tan head and good lace. Aroma dark coffee, bread, chocolate, taste is dark strong coffee, rye, slight spice, dark chocolate. full body, smooth malt finish
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a rich mahogany hue with a nice sample of off white foam head. Some great aromas on this beer. A real sweet presence, almost like sweet butter, blends well with the strong oat and rye notes. Taste is rich and full of both malt rye and oat presence, like a good slice of dark bread,, with that clinging sweetness remaining present throughout. The bottom seems to fall out of things a bit in the late palate, and the well disguised ABV comes through at the finish with a nice burn. Some roasty nuttiness is also perceptible here. Mostly, this is an interesting take on a boring style. Well done once again Cigar City. Good brew.
illidurit (2270) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the September 2012 Santa Cruz tasting. Dark amber with a light tan head. Malty rye aroma, citrus hops. Old hop flavor, toasted bread, nutty. Tastes exactly like the name says: a muddled assortment of kitchen-sink ingredients.
jjgmd (1866) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark mahogany deep brown with a small head. Nose is full of herbal spices and malt. Alcohol is well hidden, taste is chocolate with cloves and other herbal spices. Finish is short and dry. Very drinkable and enjoyable ASA. Quaff Score 8 / 10
zgaier (1796) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a muddy brown with a tan head and aroma of fruit and alcohol. Taste is toasty, of roasted malt, chocolate, fruits, hops, and caramel with medium, fruit finish, complex throughout. Alcohol is well hidden at 9% abv, very drinkable, tasty, and well balanced.
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Raisin, nut and spice aromas. Pours black with a small tan head. Raisin, toffee, slight chocolate and rye flavors. Overall one of the best brown ales I’ve tasted.
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour was a rich dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that lasted a little while, eventually receding down to a heavy film with a large collar and excellent sticky spotty lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted cereal malt, pine hops and an earthy yeast with notes of rye, oats, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and a slight nutty presence.
The taste was very malty with a slight caramel sweetness and a hint of chocolate and oats early on, progressing into a nice hoppy flavor with notes of coffee and rye towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a pronounced piney rye taste left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry creamy texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall a great job on the blending of flavors that created a smooth, bold taste and an awesome drinkability, which did a fantastic job of hiding the high ABV...
Dogbrick (10416) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Redlight Redlight. This brew pours a deep dark brown color with a medium thick beige head that dissipates slowly. Small patches of lacing. The aroma is bready malts, chocolate and oak. Full, smooth body with flavors that change sip to sip. Notes of cocoa, earthy malt, caramel and tart fruit throughout. The finish is rich and malty with a fruity aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
b3shine (7403) - Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 ml to snifter (thanks PhillyBeer2112). Looks good; brown with good carbonation. Smells and tastes hoppy. Average on the palate. Good beer.
Reynolds314 (3104) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
High hopes for this and the flavor was the only thing that fell short. Great rich roasty aroma with a nice nuttyness and some citrus elements. Taste is very bitter and ashy and not that smooth or drinkable.