Guerde (1148) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle shared by MatSciGuy) Pours dark black with a dark tan head that sticks around. Aromas of raisin, roasted malt, piney hops, and espresso. The tastes mirror the aroma with raisin, mocha, roasted malt, and some hops towards the finish that possess a tea-like astringency that dries the palate. Also a bit of pine as well. Mouthfeel was full and carbonation was appropriate. Another solid CCB offering.
JK (4283) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, and a thick, lacing head. Aroma has some soy sauce, which I enjoy. Low carbonation, which is also fine for the style. Lots of roasted malt but also some sweetness with coffee and just a little chocolate and red meat. Very thick on the palate.
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Sample (Thanks to MatSciGuy). Oil black pour, little carbonation and good boozy chocolate aroma. Flavor is smokey chocolate, coffee, bitters and finished very dry. Very well done, and not bad for the price point.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris Oís Night of the Gaylords.
Jet black, totally opaque with an excellent luscious brown head. A damn good looking beer for sure. Lashings of coffee, chocolate, some pineapple, a hint of amyl nitrate and some rather assertive boozy notes. Good, but maybe just a little over the top. The burnt coffee notes are really good and there is plenty of bitterness saving it from being killed by sweetness. Faint hint of cardboard in there somewhere is not really doing it for me. Very good for sure, but not outstanding.
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at the Flossmoor Station RB tasting, 1/16/2010: This poured like dark brown motor oil and turned black in the glass, capped by a slender chocolatey head. The aroma was chocolate, burnt dark brown sugar, a splash of coffee, cigar ash, molasses, and fresh waffles. Wait - Scratch the last one. My handwriting was getting sloppy by this point. The flavor was much like the aroma promised (no waffles), but the chocolate turned bittersweet and the malt seemed more roasted. Very nice.
beernbourbon (1264) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Chicago RB tasting. Pour is coffee-like black with a thin brown head. Aroma is chocolate malt, molasses, brown sugar, light coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and a light woodiness. Flavor is huge silky chocolate malt with hints of coffee and cocoa. Also some light woodiness and vanilla. Great beer.
HonusWagner (1222) - Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2010 A touch too syrupy, but the beer is very good overall. Actually, the description of the beer given on the bottle is pretty damn accurate. Lots of chocolate and espresso in the nose. The hops were a lot more noticeable than I expected, but that was a good thing and gave the beer an interesting dynamic. Definitely an interesting take on the style.
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thank you pantanap! Pours a thick viscous near black with a foamy frothy mocha head 4.5. Sweet ashy hard roast aroma, tobacco, smells kind of woody, a slight vegetal note, raisins, really nice 8.5. Dry ashy flavor, tobacco, harsh roast, molasses, just a hint of coffee, too ashy for me. Syrupy full bodied with low carbonation.
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled@The Chriso Gaylord Tasting. Excellent artwork! Quite much pitch black colour with small brown head. Aroma is toffee, alcohol, fruits, chocolate, mild fruityness and nuttyness as well. Flavour is coffee, fruits, liquorice, some alcohol and mild notes of wood as well. Just lovely!
neepsntatties (1114) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this recently at an RB/BA tasting at Baileyís Taproom in Portland, OR. Colour... black with just a thin ribbon of brown around the edge. Nose... sweet, tangy, soy-ish, wet charcoal, leaf bonfire. Palate... frothy, lots of medium bodied coffee, dark Dutch chocolate, lightly smoky, charcoal ash, damp earth, and a long finish.