VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 12 oz bottle - pours pretty dark brown with some amber highlights when held to the light. Faint aroma at first, but you do get some roasty chocolate notes after it warms, along with a treacly character. Flavour is chocolate, toffee, some coffee, and a decent amount of hops. Nice body for a dunkel, almost seems ale-like. I agree with swoopjones about the "burnt cigarette taste in finish". Pleasant overall, enjoyable.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. (#5 COTF 5/06). Black with a small head. Aroma is burnt wood from a week old campfire. Taste is bitter Some chocolate and just the faintest bit of smoke. Nice carbonation just not enough caramel for the style but it’s worth dealing with twelve ounces of.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Bavarian Inn at Frankenmoth. Pours brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is malty, a bit of roast, some grain. Body is on the lighter side with some toasted malt. Finishes dry and malty, on the lighter side, not bad.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Deep dark brown in color with a little or no head. Malty and chocolatety aroma. Malty flavor. Molasses notes. Finish is malty. Ok.
dwh50 (47) - Clay, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very dark with very little head that disappears almost instantly. Deep roasted malt, slightly bitter with a hint of coffee. Alcohol is undetectable. Easy to drink, but thin in body. I do not expect bo buy it again.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle 10/24/07: Dark brown w/ ruby highlights and a thin, but lasting light beige head. Very, very roasty malt aroma with some chocolate & caramel and a lightl toasty malt muted by dark grains. Clean of esters. Roaste grainy flavor up front, but burnt and acrid causing bitterness and astringency... Also slighly metallic. Lighty oxidized w/ a burnt stale malt finish that is semi dry. Aftertaste is highly burnt & bitter from dark grains... Unpleasant to my palate! Lighty floral hop in the aftertaste, mostly just burnt & bitter. Biting CO2, but smooth once it settles a bit on the tongue, with a lighter body. Too burnt and bitter for me! Oxidation doesn’t help matters, but just not overly enjoyable on my palate. Pleaseant enough aroma, but just not a huge fan.
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours dark as expected. The taste is a bit strong with coffee, with malt undertones. A worthwhile attempt, but not awe inspiring.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. The pour is dark mahogany brown with a thin white lacy head. Aroma is cocoa, coffee and roasty malt. Flavor is similar, but with a bitter grainy finish that’s not entirely pleasant. (As mentioned below, definitely very ashy.) Body is a little watery. All around "meh" with this one.
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from the brewery. Poured a dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma was full of malts leading to a grainy aroma. Flavor was full of sweet grains but an awkward acidic taste comes into the taste towards the end and finishes dry.
zdk (1870) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle shared by murphym - dark brown/ black pour, no head. Some grany notes, light roasty chocolate, tingly carbonation with some sweet syrup. A little fake tasting and thin body. meh.