Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a very dark brew. Nose was spice all over, but the taste was not over whelming. As it warmed the spices grew to an almost over the top, but It stopped short. Great christmas brew!
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the brewery and again in a growler. Murky, dark brown color with a creamy, thin beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark, dried fruits, pine and light spice. Flavor was lightly roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate, raisins, pine, nutmeg and vanilla.
MartinT (6928) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Any first impressions?
-Headless blackness fails to produce saliva or oesophagus spasms.
-The nose reeks of soy sauce and buried herbs, which would have probably worked better for a marinade.
-Roasted maltiness can be found within the overwhelming soy sauce character.
-Body is thin and flat; the cask might be the culprit here.
What if you dig deeper?
-Piney, anisey herb and spice sweetness clashes with the soy mess.
-Tastes like an ambitious beer which has gone horribly wrong; hard to finish the glass, this cannot be what was intended.
On cask at The Brazen Head, Brooklyn.