pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cigar city oak aged Dirac. 32oz mason jar growler from a tampa friend... Pours a deeper shade of black, slighted lesser intense edges, and topped with a creamy light beige head... Aroma of anise, lighter roast, charred and a touch of wood. Big on the aforementioned black licorice note...Thick flavor profile with molasses, anise, with to a lesser extent a slight roast. Full earthy bodied.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a growler gave a dark black liquid of a beer. Sweetness of the malt predominates on the nose. Thick rich full body and of course very smooth. Fig, coffee, and prune flavors are apparent. Pretty tasty beer and stoked to sample it for sure.
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler thanks to Kan. Smokey, roasty, char and molasses. Charred tobacco. Overly sweet lactose sugar taste. Chalky milk chocolate. Good in small doses.
TheAlum (5721) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
32 oz growler shared by Kan. Thanks! Pours a murky thick black pour, dark and ominous, with a small darker brown head that dies to a small ring, no real lacing. Really has some legs to it. Aromas are dark fruit, anise, and wet oak. A good vanilla tannin essence, wet wood, a touch of black olives grows with cocoa, caramel, some more black sharpie marker. Initial is dark fruit, roast, and cocoa. Caramel, toffee, wet oak, vanilla. Some lingering roast, ash, and peanuts. Touches of black olives. Roast, toast, and murky ashy qualities. Heavier end of medium bodied, thick but not overbearing. The flavors don’t slant heavy one way, instead touching on a lot of elements. Spice, raisin, dark fruit, and wet oak. Roast, cocoa, and toffee. Dark raisins, some black cherry. Roast. Nice, a touch strange. Pretty dry up front moving into those richer dark fruit and roast, toast, and cocoa elements with a decent dose of oak.
Gription79 (2264) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose was spicy, smoky, with dark fruits. Taste was roasted malts and dark fruits. Beer was so viscous it clung to the glass. Yum. Thanks Sam.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Sean via Wakefield... black body with some dark brown fringes, no carbonation... strong syrupy nose of molasses and raisins, the oak is really smooth adds a nice spicey note to the beer, some alcohol, but in your face and strong... the taste is too sryupy, raisins, lots of char, a bit of vanilla on the finish... worth trying, better than its parts
BOLTZ7555 (2822) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by Dak @ his Final Four Tasting. Midnight pour with a thin tightly packed khaki head that left some lacing. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, wood, and dark fruit. Flavor shows brownie batter, molasses, distinct raison, and charred malts. Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation...pretty damn good!
bu11zeye (11952) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Growler, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours an opaque black body with a spare brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, spruce, baby diapers, vinous, raisins, plastic, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, oak, and toasted marshmallow. Flavor of roasted malt, raisins, caramel, bourbon, oak, and chocolate.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Dak. Black pour with a small head. Dark chocolate, fruit and roasted malt in the aroma. Flavor is similar, with a lot of wood. Pretty good stuff. Thanks Dak!
marcus (6537) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared by bhensonb. Pours black with no head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. The flavor is milk chocolate with some plum and an oaky slightly bitter finish. Very complex and tasty.