DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours dark black with 2-finger well-retained tan head. Nose is chocolate malt and cacao, resiny piney hops. Tastes malty, with cacao and big resiny hops. Medium palate heft and complexity. Smooth and hoppy finish.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium creamy brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and something faint that seems dirty and off. The taste is bitter hops, some roastiness in the finish and faint nuttiness. Medium bodied. A bit muddled and well off balance.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a thin to medium sized beiged tan head. Rather hoppy roast, citrus and lemony notes over a roasty malt background. Medium bodied, big roast features prominently, chocolate and toast. Long roast and chocolate on the finish, cocoa, earthy with some more roast. Nice, easy drinking, well done.
jtclockwork (6225) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with Yanick. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of mint chocolate chip, burnt black malt, pine wood and pine cones. Harshly dry pine cones cut at the back of the palate. Burnt dry chocolate malt follows. Medium body. The only offering from them I didn’t like too much so far.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a nice looking mahogany with semi loose mocha head. The aroma offers up dark roasted coffee , dark roasted malts and chocolate as well as spicy and earthy hops in the background. The taste jumps at you all at once with a rolling and twisting mix of dark roasted coffee, spicy hops, resiny bitter pine hops, some chocolate and dark roasted to burnt malts. As the taste goes to midway and then toward the finish the highly roasted to brunt malts take over the flavor leaving timid levels of spicy and resiny hops and coffee behind mumbling to themselves in the corner. Nice stuff.
Plovmand (6027) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Gusher. Pours jet black with a bubbly tan head. The aroma is mainly hard roasted malt and liquorice with grapefruit hoppy notes. The flavour is highly bitter from the malt and the hops with notes liquorice and bitter coffee. Long duration.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, dark walnut color with orange amber highlights, steady tan creamy foam, aroma is nice roasted hops and pine, flavor of bitter pine needles, roast burnt malt, charred wood maybe, nice lingering finish
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
In short: A soapy/perfumy and herbal-hoppy dark ale. Unpleasant mess? bad batch? bad bottle?
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh about one months after purchase
The look: Dark brown body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention
In long: Nose is very soapy/perfumy with some spicy notes. Taste was dominated by this annoying soap flavor that overwhelmed the beer. Second to the soap was a strong green herbs character. Then a bit of roast, floral notes, burnt toasts. This beer was like drinking a toasted bar of soap, I hope for Clow Shoes that this was a bad batch or I got a bottle that wasn’t properly sanitized, because that beer I drank was pretty bad. THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BOTTLE!!! And btw, how did people express their frustrations and angers before the invention of the caps lock key?
DuffMan (5793) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Radio Maria. Very dark brown with a light brown head. Sweet mocha and dark caramel aroma. Less intensely flavoured then the aroma suggests, and I found the hard roasted flavours were quickly swept away by bitter, pithy hops. A tad thin on top of it all. Chalky dry finish.
Benzai (5753) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2013 650ml bottle thanks to Joes. Opaque pitch black color, full sized light brown head that lasts for quite a long time. Smell and taste malts, hops, slightly some fruits and moderately bitter. Fizzy carbonation, ok body. Overall a bit disappointing and too highly carbonated.