BeerandBlues2 (11659) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by GT2 . Pours black with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is fruity esters, toast and caramel malt, floral hops. Flavor is malt forward with medium hops and bitterness, ligjt esters and a dry finish. Medium body warmth and carbonation.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL thanks to MrChopin. Pours near black, hazy, with a medium tan head. Webby lace. Nose is red wine, saltwater, small bourbon, dark chocolate. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, assert tangy cherry juice, mild lactic sourness. Lemon tea and citric sourness. Quick, quenching palate. Very nice.
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argo0 (12772) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle, thanks MrChopin. Small beige head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous, bittersweet chocolate, some vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous, some bittersweet chocolate.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black with a hint of red with a touch of head and very little lace.
S - Roasted chocolate malt with lots of red wine and a bit of oak and a touch of sourness.
T - Roasted chocolate malts with a bit of sweetness red wine grapes. Through the middle, some oak comes through with a bit more chocolate and a touch of tartness and sourness. The finish is a mix of red wine, touch of vanilla, and chocolate.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a slightly dry and oakey finish.
D - Very drinkable. More subdued than expected but the barrel flavors and the base beer balance nicely together.
illidurit (2278) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2012 22 ounce bottle shared at the January 2012 Santa Cruz tasting at Sante Adairius. Pours a nice ruby brown color with a swirly cocoa head. Aroma is robust with zesty fresh coffee at the fore. A piney note comes through, just the slightest bit solventy. Big roasted flavor with tart coffee beans and a well-balanced red wine influence that contributes just enough fruitiness, sharpness and barrel character to make things interesting without taking over.
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 Thank you wavers1 for this bomber! Pours dark brown with ruddy/ruby-ish heart and beige persistent halo of compact bubbles. Floury, tart and red fruit aromas, low note of cocoa. Layered flavors of tart blackberry jam, dusty flour, and plum jam, with tart red wine/red fruits mid-palate and a longer finish that builds into some drying bitterness. Lager-like quality in that it’s clean, and core is somewhat hollow, but the body is medium, slightly oily; some oxidative notes, no roast or overt hoppiness (all welcome).
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ 2011 FOBAB. Pours dark brown with a off white head. Aroma of oak, coffee, roasted malt. Flavor the same. Good brew.
deyholla (9631) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the tap at 2011 FOBAB. Poured black with a dark brown bubbly head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma had a good amount of oak, with roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee. Flavor had notes of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts and dark grains with a bit of a dry finish that had notes of oak.
j12601 (9050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a tasting at James’ place. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. Slight funk on the nose, deep roast, wine notes and barrel. Nice and spicy. Medium bodied, nice light funkiness, crisp and clean, spicy. Long roast with a touch of sweetness and wood notes. Very nice, quite interesting. Sort of a slightly sour Baltic porter. Love this.
jtclockwork (12845) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Dobby - shared at a tasting at my house. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste is complex hybrid of vinous notes, red currants, roasted chocolate, wood, cocoa, vanilla and splintered oak. Medium body. Well balanced.