t0rin0 (62) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fantome rating number 50. I was hoping it would be the original BBB beer or maybe Millennium but this came along first. Shared with mattboz and swellbrewer. Thanks Matt for opening this.
Pours a hazy brown with some white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin layer. The bottle opened with an extremely loud pop and we all thought it would gush, but it didn’t.
Aroma when cold is caramel, roast, and a bit of rubber. Not a great start but enough of a malty lighter Noël that I thought that might win out over the rubber. Unfortunately, as it warmed the rubber came out more. This was accompanied by some barn yard aromas.
The flavor is malty, a little chocolatey, and bretty with a bit of lemon but also some some of that burnt plastic / rubber that has plagued Fantome the past couple of years. Not really a fan of this one, though it is interesting because of how much funk is present.
Bacterial (1202) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown pour with a slight head. Thanks Ryan! Smoked peat nose. Really nice sour taste, lots of complex character with peat and smoke in the finish. Cool beer.
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky amber brown pour with a light beige head. Smoke, meat, and must on the aroma and taste. Not overly sour but slightly so.
Steasy66 (804) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with small tan head. Smokey and tart aroma. Quite tart flavor. Strangely fruity.
Experiment_Ale (650) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
At this douche that spell his name Stephen’s house during GABF 2013. Aroma is musky, huge smoke, BBQ, wood. Taste is huge smoke, BBQ, slight tartness. This ish is too smoky and weird. Not very good.
oRos (1004) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from hot city pizza. Pours black brown with off white head. Taste is lots of smoke with a slight tart lemon finish
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours dark brown with a rich beige head and a sourish brown ale aroma. There is a smoky slightly sour brown malt flavor with a very dry finish.
merc7186 (1737) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Dark Brown Hue; Passes Mild Light, White Head, Decent Lacing
S: Mildly Bready, Mild Plum
T: Bready, Mild Plum, Mild Band Aids
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bready
Overall, medicore at best, the flavors are mediocre at best...blahhhh
Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky brown, almost black with a small cream-colored head and decent lacing. Big smoky, meat drippings, bacon, roasty, lightly tart and dark fruity aroma. Taste is big smoke, sour roasty, lightly tart, caramel, bready, and dark fruity witha lightly sour finish. Light body with soft carbonation. Pretty weird, but kind-of cool.
Scopey (5521) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, big thanks to Matteo at the Pre-Zwanze. It pours dark brown with a quickly dissipating medium beige head. The nose is wood, toast, roasty, earth, tart lemon, green apple, vanilla and coconut. The taste is crisp, sweet-sour, Granny Smith apple, tangy lemon, caramel, musty, light smoke and brown bread with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. I really like the balance. Pretty damn tasty.
teorn88 (1916) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle shared at Bruce’s. It pours a deep brown colour with a medium beige head. Aroma is smokey and chocolatey with ashes, red berries. Taste is sweet and acidic with peaches, cherries, charred oak and cocoa nibs. Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. Overall, very good but would be even better without the smoke.