BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured a deep brown/black color with a moderate tan head that faded to a ring and left some thick sheets of lacing. Aroma of choclate malt, coffee, amaretto, nuts, and light black licorice. Smooth, sweet entry leads into a moderate roastiness with hints of coffee and chocolate that leads into an aggressive earthy, citrusy hoppiness that finishes lightly bitter with soft hints of chocolate. Low carbonation and smooth, slick mouth feel. Overall, the description may sound a tad oppositional, but the balance it creates is quite enjoyable. It isn’t overly complex, but it’s certainly enjoyable and drinkable.
Ratman197 (8860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Equinox poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, light chocolate and light licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, light cocoa and a hint of licorice with a smooth lingering roasty finish.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted on tap at the brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Deep black appearance with a fairly light head. Dark malt aroma. Bitter hoppy flavor and bitter, dry finish.