VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Poured a very black and syrupy with a very small tan head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is wine-like with plenty of green apple, sweet malt, chocolate, espresso and not a small amount of alcohol. Flavor is slightly sweet with a background of green apple, sweet malt, dark fruit, vanilla, wood/oak, bourbon and plenty of alcohol. Very complex... palate is thick and chewy. If you want to feel the full effect, drink it warm (60F), when the full effect of the fruity esters is apparent and full flavored. Would do very well aged for a couple of years...
A really excellent brew....
soyorganic (288) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
<Recommended by staff at the Foodery.> Good call by them. Bottle: poured dark black syrup-like with a tan head. Nice looking beer. Aroma of sour apple, chocolate, coffee and a little bit of alcohol. Nice tasting beer with sweet malt, coffe and sour apple notes that make for a sweet flavor. The beer has a slight bitterness for a little bit of balance. Although the alcohol was slightly noticeable, I am not completely fond of big beers with high alcohol content. Good beer nevertheless.
bubbleflubber (1850) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2013 Pours almost opaque black into the glass, with the deepest of mahogany hues. A tan cap closes to a thin ring that diminishes to nothing down the bottle. Deep, dark nose with Candi Sugar, very malty, (baking-) flavor extracts, and a touch of vinous notes. This is very malty, beginning quite sweet, almost airy, with drying dark fruits and roasted malts. There develops a hint of sours/dough in the mid-palate. The finish brings forth earthy roasted-wood remnants, a shade drier, with hints of the ABV, although extremely well "held-in-check" (enhancing the drinkability). All of these aspects come together during a long-lasting effervescence at the end of the pull. The mouthfeel offers more complex contrasts, with a light syrup/oily palate meeting both a nice livening zest of carbonation levels and integrated ABV warmth. Overall, a heavier brew that succeeds as good quaff, and only gets better as it approaches room temperature. I can‚Äôt wait for a year or two to age my other bottle and see the nice changes I encounter. Very well done.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Aroma has notes of vanilla, caramel, toast, wood, and dark rum. Pours a deep brown and looks black in the glass. Small brown head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor is sweet vanilla wood with a sweet and slightly burnt oak bourbon tone in the finish. Palate is full bodied and oily flat. Quite an interesting brew. Complex nose and flavor with a pleasant ABV that is well masked. Nice and different.
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured clear, deep iced tea brown with a short, dense cap of tan head. The aroma picked up a rich, very complex array of dark sugars with brown sugar, molasses, and caramel highlighted.. vanilla, coffee, and a pinch of vegemite come through secondarily. The flavor focused on molasses, tar, and vanilla for sweetness with toasted wood accenting.. sweet finish with dark, syrupy sugars masking the alcohol completely. Heavier-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate (prickled the tongue a bit).. dry, scratchy feel on the back-end that left a trail of earth on the finish.. very good brew but if anything, a little too malty.
jcwattsrugger (11173) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle-pours a rich dissipating brown head and black color. Aroma is initially dark malt then more smells subsequently of dark malt-chocolate/molasses, roasty/peat, vanilla/wood, dark fruit. Taste is lots of dark malt-chocolate/molasses/caramel, roasty/peat, vanilla/wood. Some sharpness. Half way through some coffee comes out. RIS/porter-like. Full body. Not an everyday beer for me, but quite enjoyable. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for sharing.
dwyerpg (4635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A creamy brown aroma. This is interesting. Not sure if I really like it. Seems a bit funkified. Not strong in flavor at all. Weird.
LilBeerDoctor (3506) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of rich malt, alcohol, chocolate, and roast. Very rich and inviting. Flavor of rich sweet malt, bitter hops initially with a sweet sweet finish. The palate weakened in the finish, which was the only real negative thing about the beer for me. This was roasty like a stout and had characteristics of an imperial stout but didnít quite make the mark of a greeat one (due to the palate). Might taste better after some age. Still I really enjoyed it.
bilking (2) - , Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interesting beer. The flavor of the wood comes through but doesnít overpower. A bit sweet and the hops are subtle for a DFH beer. I have one bottle left that Iíll hold until it is released again. A definite special occasion brew.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 12 oz. Dark brown pour, opaque, tan colored head. Dark fruit, wood, toasty, buttery toffee, earthy aroma. Boozy too. Rich flavor. Drinks easily for ABV. Reminds me of HotD Adam but less interesting. Chalky and dry finish thatís bitter. Apricot in there somewhere. Not bad, but I donít love it. The last thing I ate was some cake, maybe 20 minutes ago, Iím pretty sure if I didnít have something sweet before drinking this, Iíd like it even less.