MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Caponeís. Deep mahogany color. Aroma of pine/citrus hops, chocolate, coffee and ripe fruits. A bit of spice. Light to medium body. Not unpleasant.
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Poured a deeper and cloudy/muddy borwnish color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of pine/spruce, spices, and caramel. Tastes of caramel (stronger than the aroma), spices, and a tough of pine.Thinner body.
TomDecapolis (4579) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at a Caponeís tasting. Pours a hazy deep brown with some orange and a very small off white head. Aroma of toasted almost smokey malts, chocolate, kind of earthy, nutty and some pine. Flavor of cocoa, coffee, very dry, some Belgian yeast spiciness (not sure what yeast they used) along with some honey and some pine. Really a lot going on in aroma and flavor. Just not sure exactly what I thought about how it all came together.
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Has a fruity hoppy nose. Orange blossom and some bitter grapefruit. Sweet licorice and cocoa, too. A touch of spice, perhaps some coriander, and a winter beer aroma with some spices I canít quite finger. Dark, dark brown-black clear; not as dark as the Black Strap but definitely dense. Foamy light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body, with light-medium carbonation. Mild warming. Starts with some chocolaty and licorice maltiness. Mildly sweet with spicy undertones that arenít quite as strong as normal Xmas beers, but itís definitely of that genre and for colder weather. Malty and rich overall, with a mild spicy nuttiness that lasts on the palate. Mild to medium bitter finish and bittersweet after. A nice winter warmer.
cheap (4335) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2008 How ironic, the breweries that I am closest to, donít get much attention. You take them for granted as if they will always be there. Had this on tap at the Bocktown Bar in Robinson Township Mall. Pours very dark brown and you can barely see into the dark abyss. Tan head. There is no red hue in this what so ever. Wet, slightly burned wood aroma. Flavor is rich with malltyness and hop bitterness. On the first taste it leaves quite an impression. Something akin to run off from a burnt wooden barrel. The finish is a barely endurable roasty astringent linger. It lasts and lingers for quite a while. Way to much personality for me. However, if you like big beers; IPA and impstouts, you better try this. Alittle more offensive than Nosferatu.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from brewery. Pours a dark brown with mahogany red highlghts and an average tan head. Aroma is earthy, nutty and hoppy. Flavor starts out with a generous dose of earthy brown malt with an interesting roasted nut flavor (kinda like roasted chestnuts). However, an abundance of bitter pine hops quickly drowns out the other flavors. Could be an interesting brew if werenít over-hopped, drowning out the more complex malt characteristics. Hopefully this one gets tweaked a little next year.