adnielsen (10360) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Danís house, courtesy of jcnielsen. Thanks Justin! Deep brown appearance with a brown head. Roasty chocolate malty, earthy, somewhat piney hoppy, fairly herbal, a bit minty aroma. Thick dark chocolate malty, rich cocoa, somewhat smoky, a bit burnt, somewhat earthy/piney flavor. Quite a bit going on and pretty tasty.
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks Aaron! Dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma has notes of caramel, toffee, anise, sour fruits, hints of dark fruits, some slight grainy notes. Taste is some mineral notes, chocolate, caramel, some licorice, dark fruits, hints of sour grain, sour acidic malts, finishing fairly bitter but dry.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a sampler glass. Pours near black with a short receding head. The nose has pretty heavy roast along with faint notes of chocolate. Flavor is also roasty and just a touch ashy. Fairly bitter as well, though in a way that doesnít quite work with the stout. Medium body. Not a huge fan of this one; Iíd much prefer Backus if I could get it.
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Aaron for bringing this back from KS to me. Pours rich and dark with a frothy brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film. Nose is roasted coffee, chocolate, wood, hay and leather. Taste is bitter for the most part with a good malt backbone to give some sweet balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and oily. With a heavy body the aftertaste is long. Great beer.
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with little beige head. Light roasted malt aroma with some coffee like notes. Flavor is roasted malt with hint of chocolate. Hops arenít prominent but provide balance so itís not too sweet. Light carbonation, nice mouthfeel, full but not to heavy.
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
fait chocolate and roast with fresh sweet hops in aroma.black and murky with little head that leave s little lacing. head is slight brown. full body equal parts roast and chocolate.
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2012 Smells like chocolate and coffee. Pours black with a tiny tan head. Hoppy and sweet taste with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Can?t tell it has such a high ABV. My favorite Free State beer.
beernbourbon (1477) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at STL RB gathering, thanks! Pour is dark brown and clear with a thin off-white head. Aroma and flavor are loaded with clean roasted malt, faint resinous hops and a light mineral water finish. Its very straightforward and solid. Clean.
high_on_hops (805) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid black color with a tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma is mostly toasted malt with a bit of chocolate and coffee. The flavor has more hops in addition to the toasted malt and chocolate/coffee flavors along with a sweet and smooth aftertaste.
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phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle shared by jandd1983- thanks again, Doran! Pours a dark coffee brown with a small but lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, earthy hops, dark fruits, and some rich, earthy, woody notes. Flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, a little bit of ash, tobacco, and light molasses. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, roasty mouthfeel. So simple and so effective. Doesnít try to do too much, and goes down very smooth and easy. Well done.