brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with a khaki head. Super smokey nose with some nuts, salt, and bacon. Tons of roasted malt, a bit of sweet chocolate, and some licorice. Tastes quite smokey, but there’s a good chocolate character to it. A light acidity, some dark fruit, a bit of peanut shell, and mild salty bacon notes.
Ratman197 (10562) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Drakes poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of smoke, roastiness, bakers cocoa, dark fruit and light licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of smoke, roastiness, bitter chocolate and dark fruit with a smooth lingering smokey finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10449) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Naja’s. Pours opaque with a huge, creamy, thick brown head with long retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, smoke, coffee and nutty malt with bacon, earthy hops and prunes. Flavor is heavy malt, moderate smoke and meat with light hops, moderate bitterness, malt derived, with a dry finish. Full body, moderate warmth and carbonation.
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler... Pours dark brown (nearly black) with a small, creamy, lightly-tanned head. Decent retention. The nose is a fantastic whirlpool of smoke, chocolate and caramel, accompanied by a light kiss of vanilla. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is smoky and bitter, but also quite thin. Short, watery, burnt, bitter finish. Growler courtesy of the ever-generous ctipping on his birthday!
Dogbrick (8991) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at GABF 10/11/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. This beer pours black with a medium thick tan head and sticky patches of lacing. Aroma of smoked malt and coffee. Full-bodied with a smoky character and notes of burnt malt, coffee and hops. The finish is charred malt and coffee. Good beer all around.
BMan1113VR (7891) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Beer Revolution as Moscow’s Burning. My GF preferred this over Dire Straits (beer and probably the band). Pours with a black hued body with a small brown head. Minimal lacing in the snifter. Aromas are quite smokey, chocolate, dry, roast, bready, coffee, jerky and roast. Flavors are ashy, boozy, cigarette, campfire, alcohol, chocolate, leather, roast. Long duration. Thinner body sadly, boozy, medium bubbles. Drinkable for the intensity. 12 oz was more than perfect.
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Drake’s Barrel House pouring up very dark with mocha head and leaving behind a full sheet of lacing. The aroma offers up chocolate, dark roasted malts, some burnt malts and a faint bacon sense that might only be my imagination conjuring up a bit of smokiness. The taste delivers bold dark roasted malts, sweet malts, some black strap molasses and then flowing into a mix of dark roasted coffee and burnt malts. Into the finish the modest ABV influence causes it to warm a tad and then there might be slivers of smoky bacon noticed from time to time. This is a really bold roasty brew where I’m struggling to find some influence from smoked malts.
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Black beer with a light brown head. Smoke and bacon aroma with malt. Bacon and toffee flavor. Medium-plus bodied. Bacon and toffee lingers with malt and light chocolate.
marcus (7097) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Drakes Barrel House. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a very smoky dark malt flavor wtiha dry finish.
jredmond (5841) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at GABF 2012. Pours a deep black body with big brown head and lacing. Aroma is big roast, light chocolate and faint coffee. Mouthfeel is sharp with notes of roast, smoke, toasted malts, coffee and booze.