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 itís clean, and core is somewhat hollow, but the body is medium, slightly oily; some oxidative notes, no roast or overt hoppiness (all welcome).
Sarlacc83 (1328) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle found in the back of my cellar. I believe this is from wavers. Thanks! Celebrating my first 100 rate month.
A: Pure black with a creme, nearly cappuccino head, decent lacing.
N: Huge barrel and acetone. Big leather, red wine grape, and tobacco. Earthy. Some cocoa. Light coffee. Touch of oak. Lemon rind. Plenty of winen here, but also, far, far too much stout/porter.
T: Sweet, sour, and bitter.
M: Medium oily body, foamy carbonation, no alcohol.
O: Iím not sure what the idea was here, but Iíve never heard good things about this one, and finally trying it doesnít give me any better ideas. This is...really not good. Itís like 2009 Abyss.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 11/12/11 on draft at FoBaB 2012. Pours opaque dark brown with an average tan, copper tinted head that leaves a nice collar. The nose is dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla and some alcoholic heat. The flavor is pretty sweet, more molasses and vanilla, with the dark chocolate and bitterness taking a back seat. The body is full with average carbonation and a long same as above finish.
Travlr (15608) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Thorpe429, thank you sir! Dark maroon color, small tan head. Aroma of candied chocolate covered raisins. Taste is slightly sour coffee grounds. OK.
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt and not too much else. The flavor is more complex. I get some big chocolate notes, as expected after the aroma, but it is complemented by some strong dark fruit (mainly cherries and grapes). I also get some oak and a nice red wine character. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice beer.
alexsdad06 (6870) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle from City Beer San Francisco. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have dark fruits, plums, figs over top of some roasted malt and chocolate. The cab barrel influences are noticeable, wood, some tart vinous character, a touch thin, doesnít finish real strong.
ineedbeer (1158) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is very fruity with a lot of plum, prune and fig. Medium to medium light oxidation has set in adding some soy sauce and wet cardboard. Medium chocolate, light roast, light tobacco and leather. Some red wine notes as it warms.
Pours dark brown but not quite black with a small dark tan head that quickly recedes to the edges where it lingers. Light lacing and small legs.
Flavor is similar to aroma but the fruit notes have a more red wine character to them. Still moderate plum and prune but now with a strong red wine element. Light oak notes with medium light chocolate and roast. Moderate tobacco and leather with light soy sauce. Light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low tannic astringency with low alcohol warmth.
Overall an alright beer, but I donít think age has done it any favors. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin and the beer is too small to support all the fruitiness. The age has mellowed the wine notes a bit but added a level of oxidation that really doesnít help the beer.
jcwattsrugger (11432) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle @Chrisí for Tampa Wkly Gathering-tan ring-mahogany. A-med malt, sour/acetic. T-med malt, med fruit-sour/acetic/vinuous.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A juicy-fruity-vinous black ale with a awkward wood and other weird stuff. Approximate attempt at something. Meh.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed when around 12 months of age, a bonus bottle sent to me by MatSciGuy, thanks a lot Levi.
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head quickly dissipating to a bubbly ring of foam.
In long: Nose of burnt marshmallows, car tires, dark fruits. The aroma is not inviting at all but fortunately the rubber/car tires somehow do not show up in the taste. However the taste is kind of a strange mix bag. Roasted marshmallows, construction wood, some tannins, red wine, juicy grapes, vanilla, ink, some liquid caramel, some molasses. Unsatisfying mouthfeel with a juicy body and very low carbonation. Not too sure what to make of this one, certainly not what youíd expect from a Baltic Porter thatís for sure. The vinous character on this beer borders grapejuice territory and the virgin oak (construction wood sensation) is a bit too much for the frail juicy body. A perfect example of poorly integrated barrels. I didnít like it. Listen brewers, I donít work my ass off all day at work to get back home and drink a shitty beer like this, I certainly donít, I never work my ass off at work.
Huhzubendah (2940) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
The beer is dark brown with a half inch of beige head that leaves random traces of lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings a heavy barrel presence. Oak, wine, roast, chocolate. A bit tannic in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-09-2012
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with no head. Big red wine, grape, cola, and chocolate aroma. Tastes of grape, black berries, red wine, currants, and chocolate taste with light oak and caramel flavors to the finish with lingering citrus notes on the far back end. Bright oily palate. Very good overall.