quiznoaz (308) - Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big head. Toasted malt and earthy aroma. Nice toasted malt taste with a bright overtone, but overcarbonated. Good, but would be better if the carbonation was less (or at least smaller bubbles). Might just be my bottle.
Leighton (9855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home in London. Pours dark brown with a thick, rich beige foam head. Aroma holds a healthy dose of roasted malts, along with some sweet cocoa, burnt wood, grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor, lots of charred wood, some licorice, burnt grass, bitter earth, some dark sugars. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Finishes with some decent resins, heavy roasted malts, lots of charred wood, almost abrasive burnt grass, some ripe citrus, especially grapefruit. There are some interesting characteristics in here, but the bitterness also comes across a touch harsh in the end, and the citrusy fruits seem a bit unrealised. Still decent overall, but not everything it could be.
BOLTZ7555 (2710) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany pour with a tightly-packed latte head. Caramel, coffee, cocoa, roasted malt in the nose with only a hint of citrus. Similarly, way more dark flavors than bright, biting bitterness. With the style, always hoping for more IPA than porter. This, unfortunately, is the later...although the hops are noticeable.
GRM (2830) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown bottle, 12 ounces, trip to TAP NY with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on September 24 2012; eye: black, opaque, tiny sheet of brown head, light lacing; nose: roasted barley, cacao, dark chocolate, burnt barley, bitterness; mouth: roasted barley, burnt barley, astringency, bitterness, acridness, dark chocolate, quite bitter finale with presence of burnt barley, full body, average carbonation, quite bitter, harsh texture; overall: nice surprise
Bouteille brune, 12 onces, voyage à TAP NY avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 24 septembre 2012; œil : noire, opaque, petite couverture de mousse brune, légère dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, cacao, chocolat noir, orge brûlée, amertume; bouche : orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, astringence, amertume, âcreté, chocolat noir, finale très amère avec présence d’orge brûlée, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, très amère, texture rugueuse; en résumé : belle surprise
maxwelldeux (3084) - Everett, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with an oppressively thick tan head. Has a bit of hoppy bitterness to the nose, though you can detect the malty undertones there. Not very bitter, but a good bite from the hops.
jmagnus87 (2220) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours very dark, almost black with a slight ruby hue. Aroma of herbal hops and some roasty malt. Taste is light bitter. Very malt dominated. Roasty with coffee and a little earthy herbal hops. Light bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Lively carbonation and a decently long finish. Overall, not bad. I’d drink it again but not seek it out.
Beerenberger (1274) - Fischer, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2012 Citrus aroma. Opaque brown pour with a gigantic rocky tan head and minor lacing. Malt taste upfront with hints of dark choclate and coffee. There is a hopped citrus bitter finish. Medium-light body and high carbonation. Overall, this was enjoyable. Would drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
wwwdottom (38) - Breese, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours and opaque black with a lot of fizzy head - Roasted malts in the noise - slight bitterness and goes down easy - very good beer.
Marsiblursi (2983) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours dark brown to black with a large and creamy, nougat coloured head. The aroma holds grapefruit, oranges, pine and soft roast up front with undertones of liquorice, anise, dark chocolate, coffee, asphalt, dark caramel, herbs, grass, touch of fruits, earth and tobacco. The flavour is near dry, medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of ash, anise, dry/tart roast and woodsy/citric/piny/herbal hops. The mouthfeel is soft with a light tart/astringent finish. Light carbonation. Bit empty. Balanced roast and near resinous, heavily bitter hops on the finish. Light to medium bodied.
_angst_ (2371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours very dark brown with a fluffy brownish white head that slowly dissipate senile leaving some lacing on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet, tiny sour, slightly fruity and hoppy with toasted malts, resinous wood, grapefruit peal, slightly dry grass, apricots, moist soil, green grapes, dry apricots, sweetened coffee and hints of pine. Taste is tiny sweet and bitter with roasted malts, sweetened coffee, bitter chocolate, pine, grapefruit peal, moist soil, green grapes, slightly dry grass and resinous wood. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, slightly astringent, slightly watery and light to medium bodied. Finish is bitter and tiny tart with grapefruit peal, orange peal, moist soil, moist wood, cereal, toasted malts, bitter chocolate, pine and hints of coffee. Not too bad...