Beaver (1199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark blackish-brown with a chocolatey head that quickly recedes to a thin collar.
The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate and some wood, coffee and alcohol.
The flavor is baking chocolate, vanilla and fudge and a slight hint of fruits followed by a slightly bitter, strongly alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little sharp carbonation.
Overall, the alcohol is a bit harsh. If it was as noticeable (or high), this would be a pretty decadent dessert drink.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a tan head that begins thick, but dies down quickly. The glass is coated with an oily lace. I know that they call this a brown ale, but I don’t think that it can be put into a specific style(brown ale, imperial porter, stout,???) Aroma of sweet caramel malt, coffee, vanilla, and dark fruit(almost like a Belgian influence). Flavor is vanilla dominant, with tastes of coffee, molasses, and dark fruit. The wood is definitely having an effect on things. This is a truly unique beer, but at 12%, and overly malty sweet, consumption will be very limited.
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours a dark coffee like brown color with a medium brown head. Nice malted coffee aromas, with the slightest hint of fruit. Smooth coffee/chocolate flavor with hints for fruit and definitely some woody notes. Very drinkable considering the 12%, only a hint of alcohol at the end of a sip. Very enjoyable overall.
dpjuart (1033) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 0z. bottle courtesy of Naka. Pours cola-esque with little, soda-like head. Nse is roasted malt with chocolate and some woody notes. Very Stout-esqe, export to be specific, lots of roast and chocolate, some caramel with some fruity undertones, touch of plum and raisin. There is interesting woody character. Nice oily, slick mouthfeel. Slight alcohol throughout and in after. Pretty good. Could use a bit more bottle aging.
Nate (3522) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle courtesy of Naka. Deep malty aroma, with woody character, sandalwood spicy. Light cinammon (sort of) and mild sweetness. Alcohol vapors, rubbing alcohol, and a dirty nickel. Dark, dark brown-black, clear, with thin foamy lacing light-tan head. Medium-heavy body, with medium carbonation. Starts spicy, with malty goodness, oak chips and sandalwood. Malty, chocolate, alcohol, pepper. Lots of body with fairly complex character. Dry, like a porter or foreign stout. Chocolate dry nutty finish, with mild coffee-anise undertones. A bit hot yet, but fairly tasty.
jmikolich (1352) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz, @ 4bucks a bottle, i thought this would be superb. however, this one pours a deep brown almost stout like color, yielding a traditional brown ale type flavor, fruits and malt however there is something more here, a sort of woody finish.... exhale reveals some alcohol presences, although sippable not slam-able... needs about a year or 2 methinks.
nuplastikk (4087) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Deep black color. Sweet, fresh, and spicy aroma. Flavor is sweet and unique. Lots of different flavors going on. Raisins, coffee, cocoa, brown sugar..very interesting pungent brew. Very mellow for 12%, but after a few sips the alcohol warming becomes noticeable. An innovative, impressive beer.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark, opaque brown (almost black) - like espresso. The head is brown, thin, and short-lived (though it leaves lace on the glass). The head blossoms into a full foam after swirling the beer in the snifter, releasing the aromas as well as the dissolved carbon dioxide. The aroma is strong and very dessert-liquer-like: alcohol, fruit (banana, plum), malts, and subtle notes of roasted grain (dark chocolate). Swirling to release the aromas causes slightly acetic notes to come forth. The flavor starts strong with alcohol and strong with dark grains - dark chocolate and coffee. There are some vinous qualities to the strong, fruity malts that the front of the palate encounters. The middle of the tongue finds more residual sweetness and flavors of chocolate-covered caramels - but more decadent thanks to the complex esters and high level of alcohol. The finish is full with lots of roast and sweetness and warming. The mouthfeel is unexpectedly bubbly - almost stinging from the combo of high alcohol and high carbonation. Swirling in the glass releases more carbon dioxide until the beer has a nice, creamy, more subtly carbonated texture. Overall, a decadent and delicious brew. It tasted more Baltic Porter-ish than strong brown ale-ish - though 12% is way higher a typical Baltic Porter...
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown with tan head. huge flavor of a rich brown ale, with caramel malt predominate, finishes with a roasted oakey finish. very powerful and hides the alcohol very well. very good
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Very dark brown, if not black pour. Minimal head. Tons of wood and vanilla in the aroma with alcohol, and coffee. The flavor is quite nice. A dark full bodied brew with plenty of malt with fruit notes, coffee, and roasted grain. There could be some other flavors in there but they are subtle…Vanilla and cola come to mind. Carbonated lingering medium moth feel that has a some what semi-oily body. This is pretty good. I bet it will age like a champ.