MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bombers. Someone shared a mini-vertical of the ’10, ’09 and ’08 for us to compare. I was most impressed with the ’10, but did not have the others fresh so don’t know if they fell off or this batch was just made better than previous ones. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is of smoke, roast malt and coffee. Taste is of roast malt and coffee. Tasty. Mouthfeel is thick.
deyholla (5403) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Dan, thanks! Poured near black with a yellowish brown head that started at the edges and remained. Aroma was full of roasted malts with some dark grains, smoke and a bit of a leather note. Flavor was full of smoked and roasted malts with dark chocolate and a hint of leather.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Brown pour. Aroma is roast, some spiciness, touches of smoke, chocolate milkiness. Mouthfeel is nice, luscious. Rich flavors of chocolate, some spiciness, almost pepper heat, nice deep roastiness compliments the rich chocolate. Pretty damn tasty
llcooldave (994) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brew pub: Pours black and thick in the glass. Aroma is an interesting spicy note like fresh mexican spices (chilies and mexican oregano some cilantro). Wierd but awesome! Some alcohol flavors along with some roasted malt. There is a trailing chocolate sweetness to it. Overall, it’s good stuff. Very solid with a wonderful complex aroma.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The final freakin’ beer on tap at the RealTail thingamajig. Pours an imposing black body with a ring of tan head. No light passing through this one. Aromas of fresh coffee, some wood(?), roastiness, bittersweet chocolate, hints of smoke and a creamy sort of sweetness. Flavor is initially slightly smoky and day old coffee. Transitions to baker’s cocoa, more smoke, bittersweet chocolate, balanced sweetness and a trailing bitter finish. Fine, soft carbonation and a medium mouthfeel (which was not as full as expected). Very nice. A little more smoke than I would have thought. More chocolate and coffee (with some dark stone fruit notes) would be an improvement IMHO. The best IRS made in Texas?
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber from dak on 6/6/10.
dark red shade of black.
meaty aroma... ash, smoke, black pepper, roast, grainy sweetness and some black rubber.
it tastes like smoky bologna mixed with dried blueberries, rubber, chocolate, roast and some tar.
it is crisp yet thick and coating. 7/4/7/3/15/3.6
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark pour. Aroma has roasted malts and some cooked vegetables. Seemed a bit off for me. Some wood and smoke and a stale flavor. Finished with some grassy roasted flavor. I would like to try this again someday.
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at RealTail at Freetail Brewing Co in San Antonio on July 17, 2010. An oil-like, dense looking brew with a watery-brown edge and a light brown head. Aroma has so much of a roasted character that it smells like barbecue. This beer tastes like barbecued meat... it’s delicious! Light alcohol on the palate, strong malt character but not heavy. Easy, not hard, delicious and smooth.
Mora2000 (5159) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at the Freetail-Real Ale barrel-aged festival in San Antonio.
The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the smoke with some roasted malt mixed in. The flavor is heavy smoke, chocolate and roasted malt. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.
Very good, but I think the smoke overpowered any of the more subtle flavors that may have been in the beer. Still, glad I got to try this one.
djd07 (2537) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at RealTail Festival at Freetail. Pours a very dark brown almost black with a small tan head that quickly diminishes to nothing. The aroma is a roasted malt and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with a rich coffee and roasted malts and a nice sweet finish. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink, a very impressive imperial stout from Freetail.