hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 Growler… This beer rocks!… Pours tar black with a mid-sized, creamy, cappuccino head. The bouquet is a fantastic, decadent swirl of silky milk chocolate, espresso, vanilla and some warming, but not overbearing, ethanol. Full-bodied and quite creamy with modest carbonation. The flavor furnishes sweet chocolate crème, vanilla and bittersweet cocoa. A touch boozy, but not at all biting – very smooth and lush. Burnt, bittersweet finish. Big-time thanks go out to Elliesbrown for shipping this world class growler of beer my way!
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of funkydelic. Thanks a ton Cameron!
Pours like a pitch black viscous motor oil. It is almost in sold form with a half finger dark mocha head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal lacing but the legs on this thing are crazy. Looks more like a chocolate milk/shake.
Deep roasted malt aroma with a ton of oatmeal and chocolate along with other roasted malt notes. Slightly acrid/burnt smelling but the sweeter notes counter this a bit. Lots of bittersweet dark and silky milk chocolate along with some toffee, ash, burnt toast, coffee/espresso bean and tons of oatmeal. Subtle boozy sweetness. This beer is pretty intense so far.
Full chewy body that is extremely viscous with a slick tongue coating mouthfeel. The only beer I’ve had that is more viscous is Dark Lord. The body is bold and the flavors are equally intense. Lots of deep roasted malt and smokey, almost burnt malt flavor. Pretty acrid up front with some charcoal and burnt ash along with extremely roasted coffee/espresso bean and oatmeal. This creates a bitter dryness that lingers throughout. Although these flavors are pretty strong, they are surprisingly balanced by the sweeter notes. Lots of luscious milk and bittersweet dark chocolate as well as a prominent lactic cream flavor. Again, I’m reminded of a smokey chocolate milk shake/beer hybrid(it tastes better than it sounds). Still it’s a bit too burnt/acrid tasting for my liking with a very harsh/extreme smokey flavor. Good but could use a bit more balance. I can see a lot of people despising this beer but I thought that it was decent. Drinking a growler of this is putting a hurting on my stomach. Proceed with caution!