poley (3) - Orono, Maine, USA - JUN 27, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful flavors, nice and smooth. Alcohol taste is a little too prominent. Definitely a sipping beer.
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, DE...funny, I’m looking at DTM who rated right before me and my notes have much of the same...pours deep brown, tan head pretty much gone by the time I got it...aroma of malts, chocolate toffee...taste of malts, molassas, mild coffee and chocolate, alcohol in the aftertaste...brought a 4-Pack home, I’ll keep it around for fall-winter and maybe re-rate. Super Unleaded!
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Roseville, CA. I was very surprised when this beer poured an almost pitch black. Tan head that almost disappeared instantly. This beer is a malt lovers dream. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, molasses and even a little bit of licorice. This is something I will buy again.
TheBeerGod (5403) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very deep brown to near black opaque pour. Fading tan head. Sweet aroma made up of caramel, chocolate, sweet malts, candy and alcohol. Taste is strong alcohol, rich caramel, light toffee, candy, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts. Strong woody notes throughout. Body is medium to medium-full. Lots of alcohol warmth and a dense, smooth carbonation. Finishes with more alcohol, wood, coffee, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, and candy. Very different but very tasty!
jredmond (5803) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2010 12oz bottle. Pours pitch black body with small brown lacing. The aroma is sweet - chocolate, caramel, alcohol, wood. Taste is sweet vanilla oak, roasty and coffee-like malt. Somewhat boozy.
thedm (4984) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew from Indianapolis, IN poured a small sized head of dark brown colored fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The aroma contained notes of dark malt, brown malt and a mild chocolatey note. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish. The flavor was strongly vinous in the aftertaste yet not like alcohol but something smoother. There were also dark malt brown malt mild vinous mild chocolate notes in the flavor and a slight tingly hop note in the aftertaste.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thick and pretty much black in color. Thin brown head with a little sticking around for lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, caramel, wood and some alcohol noticeable. The flavor is heavy roasted malts, somewhat burned, chocolate, oak with slight traces of coffee. Mild bitterness. Interesting that while some of the flavors are a little intense there is absolutely no alcohol noticed, which I got in the aroma. One of the easier drinking 12% brews I’ve ever had. Good beer but didn’t necessarily excite me.
trevor211 (1369) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black as night. No matter how bright a light I held it up to, I couldn’t see through it at all. The head is thin but dense, and mocha brown - I’m really surprised by how dark this one is. Aroma has notes of roasted coffee, cacao, smokey wood, vanilla, a bit of maple and molasses-dark malts. Coffee really comes through in the flavor, as well as the wood. There’s a sweetness that reminds me of burned marshmallows. Not toasted - burned. Torched. There’s a definite bitter presence, too, and just enough carbonation to keep it clean. At times I really feel like I have a block of wood in my mouth. This is far more like an imperial stout than a brown ale like they claim, but very interesting stuff, for sure.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a surprisingly dark black with a wonderful head. Having read very little about this beer I was expecting it to be a boring amber colored beer with mild malt, mild hops, mild wood, another loser from DFH. Not so! This is an awesome, truly "dark" beer, rich with old hops and thick syrupy malt, and a truly unique wood flavor I have not seen in anything else. Deep complexity in the flavor highlights plums and maple and charred pine. Boozy, red wine, molasses. A very well crafted beer and a great surprise.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice complex ale. Malt taste with definate wood tones. Reminds me of oily tropical hardwood being cut in the woodshop. Slight smoke aftertaste. Would but again.