hopdog (9856) - 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.
3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at Jean Bonnet Tavern. Dark sludgy brown. Nose of spiced roast, chocolate malt, toast, and light wood and char. Seems like a hybrid stout-winter warmer. Chewy chunky weizen bock texture, gritty and pasty. A strange beer, OK at first but by the end of the glass I was sick of it,
DocLock (8532) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Capone’s. Deep brownish pour with tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, some chocolate, and hops. The taste seemed a bit muted, with elements of roasty caramel malt, chocolate, Christmas spices, and hops. The palate was creamy and pretty rich initially, but seemed to thin out over time.
douglas88 (7252) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub during the Pittsburgh tasting which was during a massive snow storm. Pours a dark brown with a medium light brown head. A really interesting nose; sweet funky marijuana-like notes of simcoe hops, rich toasted notes as well. A rich complex flavor; sweet brown ale aspects, toasted malts, but a funky strong citrus and herbal hop bite. This works. Nice.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of MrChopin. Pours dark brown wit a thin off white head. Smells of dark fruit, brown sugar, nutty, earthy. Tastes lightly bitter with some chocolatey hints, molasses, dark fruit.
nimbleprop (5942) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4oz pour at the Pittsburgh Public Market. Pours a fairly dark, deep brown with some thin, white head. Nice nose, nutty, lightly toasted bread, some lemon, a little hop pellet. Flavor was very nice as well, some hop bitterness, pine, lemon zest, crunchy cereal grains, toasted bread, very light coffee grounds. Extremely well balanced flavor. Full bodied, dry finish. A great take on a Winter beer.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5530) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on cask at Zeno’s in State College PA this beer poured a cloudy dark brown with a large light brown head. The aroma was light floral hops with an undertone of roasty malts. The flavor was lightly bitter with fruity hops and roasty malts that blended into a rather deep and complex swirl of flavors with a hint of chocolate in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. The alcohol was very well hidden. A rather interesting and complex brew.
Beerman6686 (5344) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of malt and faint spices. Appears to have a medium cloudy brown hue. Tastes like mild spices, very clean and crisp which hides the alcohol. Palate is full but not too thick. Good beer that i feel should be rated higher.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2009 Draught: Aroma of coffee, dark malts, molasses, and a hint of hops. Poured extremely dark brown in color with a small tan head that diminished quickly. Opaque. Good lacing. Heavily sweet flavor. Tastes of malts, coffee, sugar, powdered sugar, and some chocolate. Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Sweet coffee finish. Too sweet.
TomDecapolis (4617) - 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 Capone’s 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.