j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dark Horse during our trip there during RBSG. Pours a deep brown to black with a thin beige head. Nutty and full of malt and toast. Toast and nutty malt and toffee. Nice and creamy. Crisp toast and soft bitterness.
MeadMe (1304) - Riverview, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a nice dark brown. Nice off white head with good lace.
S: Aromas of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, and hints of nutty toffee.
T: Lots of caramel and nuts. Darkened brown sugar and a touch of chocolate covered dark fruit.
M: Medium in body, smooth
D: Good, pretty tasty little brew.
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a darkish brown with a very thin head and aromas of wet dog and cardboard with a little chocolate in the distant background. Flavor is a watery mix of chocolate, burnt paper, cardboard and something else that is just off. Aftertaste is artificial rootbeer flavoring or something. Blech.
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark brown, almost black color. Aroma is of malts, roasty, nuts, with some coffee notes in the background. Flavor has all of these present and a little chocolate. Leaves a smooth chocolate malts finish. Not too bad. Not too bad at all.
dmaar (2) - USA - AUG 4, 2010 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Poured very, very dark brown (nearly black) with a tan head that quickly dissipated. Barely any lacing, but I blame some of that on the glass which was not immaculate. The aroma was fantastic with lots of chocolate, and I sense some sweetness as well. Thick and smooth texture. Lots and lots of carbonation, lightly bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. Another good one from Dark Horse. Let me also say that I love the creativity that goes on dark horses bottles....I wish more breweries were this unique with their labels. My first review....thanks RB!
flatmatt (1104) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is creamy with coffee and roastiness. Flavor has the strong roast coffee with cocoa and some earthiness. This really walks the line between brown ale and porter, and I think at many breweries it would be considered the latter.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark brown body, full tan head that takes its time dissipating. Nose of choclate, caramel, a little spicy character. Medium body, medium carbonation, nice malt sweetness up front and a little bit of roast and hop on the finish. Lots of chocolately malt goodness throughout. Well-balanced, rich and full of flavor but without overwhelming. Reminds me a lot of New Holland Cabin Fever, which is a favorite of mine.
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft… RBSG 2010… Very dark brown ale (nearly black) with a small, wispy, off-white head. Great retention. The nose is nutty and chocolaty – milk chocolate mainly. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The flavor is a semi-sweet blend of caramel and mocha. Finishes rich, mocha-laden and lightly sweet.
Drake (8442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Tiffany’s in Kalamazoo. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, nutty notes and a hoppy finish. The taste is chocolate, leafy bitter hops, citrus and a nutty finish. Medium bodied.
ketchepillar (1068) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Dark Horse. A nice malty brown. Slightly smoky. Nice toasted malt character. Special roast perhaps?