fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from the General Store, batch #1826. Pours a flat deep dark red, very thin in texture. Aroma is strong with dark fruit - plum and fig, and very heavy on booze. Taste backs this up, with the alcohol standing out, coupled with tart red fruit, most notably cherry and plum, not much sourness, and some heat from the booze. The taste is a bit of a disappointment for such a great aroma, but not nearly as bad as the ratings would make you expect. Overall not bad to sip on.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Smells like vinegary olives, booze, and detergent. What the fuck. Taste makes me cringe, as I try to parse the molasses and vinegary fruit. Yuck.
blipp (8030) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours deep brown with a thin head. Sweet malts, old close to rotten dark fruits, toasted grains, and a weird, almost oxidized finish. Some times experiment go good, sometimes they go bad, but this one went just ok.
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Shared by a kind soul at the the Tampa Weekly Tasting. Pours a murky amber with an off-white head. Nose is big nail polish remover and slight toffee and a mild fruity plummy presence. Flavor is similar with plum, toffee, huge nail polish, and some booze. Medium in body and way off kilter.
jtclockwork (14732) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at 5K/10K/4K tasting. Pours dark brown. Nose and taste of caramel, toffee, soured dark fruit, wood, wine barrel and velvet. Medium body.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at James’s 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours a deep ruby garnet with no head. Big oxidization and sweet old malt. Medium bodied, smooth and malty, lots of old oxidization, very, very, very light hints of tartness. Not sure if I get anything sour or acidic, but definitely old and oxidized. Chewy malt. Very tasty, but not so much sour.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky orange-brown body, no head. Deep, delectable nose of brandy, brown sugar, caramel, and green apple. Sweet body with brown sugar and caramel, tart and somewhat oxidized. Rich. I can’t imagine this beer would receive poor ratings if every bottle was like this one.
HonusWagner (2072) - Florida, USA - APR 15, 2013
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Newest winner of the prize "worst beer I have ever tasted". Aroma is rotten vegetables, bourbon, and more acetone than the local MAC shop. Eye-watering, stomach-churning. Taste is even worse, sour vegetables, sickeningly sweet toffee, boozy bourbon. All of this carried on a body like Dimetapp, pure syrup, no carbonation. Disgraceful beer, the fact that this was bottled and sold is a fucking horrible sign for the QC at Dark Horse. This is the kind of money grabbing bullshit that should be reserved for the AB-Inbevs of the world.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Chris from Dark Horse, thanks man!! Aroma is just fantastic! Notes of dark dried fruits, tobacco, black licorice, soy and some incredible port tones. This bottle has aged very well. Very dark ruby brown hue with an off-white head. Flavor is heavy sweet and medium to heavy bitter. Palate is big and very full bodied and oily with a soft carbonation. Overall an epic brew that I couldn’t get enough of. Then I go online and see these weak ass ratings, wtf? The beer must have aged well or been a better batch because what I tasted and rated was an epic Barely Wine with a slight sour character. I’ll stand by this rating, to hell with the haters.
djd07 (9755) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2013
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with no head. The aroma is soy sauce. Thin mouthfeel with soy sauce and steak marinade. Not much sour. Instead of a drain pour I will marinade a steak.