crajun (960) - , Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz; a little disappointing aroma of roasted malts and stuff. dark pour with minimal head. palate was very thin for style. Flavor was ok, nothing special - slight carbonation, chocolate some roast. not impressed with this one
jtclockwork (8440) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Lots of foam. Nose/taste of cocoa, oatmeal, burnt biscuit, chocolate malt, coffee and vanilla. Fizzy carbonation. Medium body.
Ernest (6221) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, cereal, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Clumsy malt character in this one...odors of icky Hershey’s cocoa and Rice/Corn Chex abound. Some hop brightness helps, but man that malt needs some re-tooling. Underattenuated, soggy/limp, and thin in the mouth. Not much enticing in this one, unfortunately. Kinda like extract homebrew.
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at Capital Ale House Innsbrook. Pours a dark brown color with no head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke and a sweet malt finish. The taste is roasted malts, a milky note, smoke, coffee, sweet malts and faint hops. Medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable.
dmac (4013) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber from EZ. Poured a slightly watery pitch black body underneath a large frothy light beige head. Aroma is loaded with chocolate, milk, cake, ashes. Flavor is the same as the aroma. The body starts off slightly watery for an intial second then fades into a medium/full body with bubbly carbonationand a quick fading aftertaste.Very solid.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle from Total Wine Scottsdale. Release #10, abv 5.4%). Pours a dark cola color with thin khaki head. Aroma is oatmeal, nuts, chocolate. Really nice! Taste is sweet with some nice roastiness to balance the beer out. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Bitter, but smooth finish. A bit dry because of the roast. Another nice beer from Epic!
craftbeerdesign (2176) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber thanks to Ratman197. pours a nice black with a small tan head. nice aromas of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla and light chocolate. medium body with layers of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla and oatmeal. sweet roasted finish with chocolate.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a clear brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and herbal hops. Flavor is lightly sweetened roasted malt, light chocolate, and coffee. Finish has a lingering roasted malt finish. Medium body. A good beer.
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, poured a dark brown black with a smallish dark khaki head color. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, earth, with a touch of oats and sweetness. Flavor had more oats, with a nice touch of sweetness and roast. Some light hints of cocoa. Flavor had a lot of nice subtle notes to it.
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany pour with a creamy eggshell head. Nose is weak but shows hints of cocoa, caramel, and toasted oats. Flavor is mild with chocolate, roasted coffee, and burnt caramel finding their way. Thin for the style but enjoyed it and it’s easy drinking.