TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Blackened brown. Fat, creamy dirty-white froth deposits dense lace after each gulp. Uninspiring nose of burnt popcorn, roasted malt hulls, chocolate wafers, sweet sorghum, cocoa and stale coffee. Carbonation is tight and feathery on the tongue. Gritty charred sugars clutch the tongue and soon clash with acrid notes of burnt popcorn and earthy chocolate. Fairly tacky residuals weigh down the core with substantial heft as they possess a date- and plum-like sweetness as well as an astringent pull of molasses. Malt seriously lacks in refinement and definition. Very poorly attenuated as the cloying sweetness and flabby body mask any malty brightness or vibrant esters that might try to exude. Drinkability sorely suffers as a result. Borderline medicinal, as well. Chocolate comes off as unrefined as a large portion lies buried within the soppy residuals. Limp and syrupy finish is plagued by burnt malt hulls and an omnipresent tackiness which deadens all subtleties by literally blanketing the palate. Although the body suffers from being too tacky, the level and texture of carbonation is lovely, as is the appearance. Very disappointing in aroma and flavor, however. Fort C is capable of much better. Hopefully we’ll soon be able to simply chalk this up as an off batch.
Aubrey (3415) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty dark with a nice tan head, all sizes of bubbles and fairly lasting. First three things I sensed: tobacco, wood and fudge, in that order. Body is light on top, chewy and silky on the bottom. Lesser notes of chalk, tar and chocolate. Grassy hops. Ahh, there’s the coffee ... kind of has a scorched/roasted quality. Some sweet/sour cream, too. Overall, I thought it had a broad flavor spectrum, but it didn’t seem to have a lot of depth. Aromas left me yearning for more, too. That said, it was still pretty good, and I liked how it wasn’t overly sweet like some beers in this realm.
Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin light tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.
The aroma is grains, fudgy chocolate, and acidic coffee.
The flavor is sweet and roasted chocolate malts with a balancing acidic coffee finish. The alcohol is well hidden. As it warms, some bitter black licorice comes out. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low but sharp carbonation.
Overall, a very nice stout - one of FCB’s better efforts.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours coal black with a moderately full, tan, pillowy head which reduces to a small, frothy bit and leaves a bit of nice lace. Nose is certainly filled with rich chocolate notes (as per the description) but remains quite simple with milk chocolate making up the bulk and lighter notes of toasted caramels and hints at mocha coffee. Flavor is simple as well with some unsweetened chocolate and roasted notes making up the overtones with some undertones of milk chocolate, toasted bread crust, and light mocha coffee; bitterness is moderately light from the roasted notes and coffee undertones. Palate is medium to full, soft to lively, and a little bit silky; nice but certainly would be great with some more time. Finishes somewhat short with light chocolate notes and some bitter, lightly roasted coffee notes with a mild acidity. A fairly solid beer with more of a chocolate presence than the original. A very smooth beer and quite deceptive at 8+ ABV. Simple but well put together and one of my favorites from this brewery.