Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Collins Pub, I think. Black and stout looking. Tan scattered lace. Chocolate malts and minty hops blend in the aromas. Silky palate. And flavors also no nonsense chocolate malt and unpretentious.
radagast83 (5175) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, brought into town by a co-worker, thanks Susan! Poured a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma was nice roasted malts, some light bitter notes with some milk chocolate. Flavor was nice, roasted malts, sweet cocoa. Light bitter chocolates.
notalush (5070) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can - pour is dark ruby, almost black - substantial, dense, off-white head - nose of toffee, hazelnut, tobacco, dried fruit, a hint of smoke - pretty intense flavor profile - equal parts sweet, toasty, and bitter - dark bread, toffee, roasted nuts - wintery spice profile, which is impressive, since there are not spices used - a bit of tobacco - lightly warming alcohol - spicy, moderately bitter finish - I am very much enjoying this.
nuplastikk (4741) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 22oz bomber from Elise. Opaque brown-black. Thin beige head. Mellow mouthfeel, subdued carbonation. Chocolate and caramel tones dominate, with a nice well rounded hop bill offering balance and depth. Chewy dark Brown Ale. A mellow beast, this is quite malt forward for a West Coaster. Some piny gingerbread, toffee. Subtle and unique. Some syrupy black malt tones, some brown sugar. A lot going on, but the tastes really merge together.
presario (4729) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Guest tap at Pike. I wrote down Abominator so hopefully the right one. Dark beer with light head and good lacing. Strong dusty strong malt aroma. Creamy slick body and very nice light chocolate and coffee.
JK (4659) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can shared by Bob. Lightly sweet malt and some alcohol, and the hop presence is noticeable. Solid beer.
Aurelius (4442) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich, hoppy, American brown ale aroma. Good label. Fairly sweet, woody, cocoa, nicely bitter, a little chalky. Satisfying mmouthfeel and finish. Very dark brown, tan head. Finish goes a bit grassy. Thanks to Triock for hauling this back from the west coast.
drfabulous (4265) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to Prufrockstar. Dark black body. Tan head. Chocolate up front followed by a hoppy build. Roasty. Veyr nice.
boFNjackson (4183) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can @ a recent bottle share... Poured dark reddish-brown with an off-white head. Tasted of toasted sugars, chocolate, roast, and an earthy hop spice. But not too bitter. Not overly complex, but a great drinking winter ale.
Aubrey (3454) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Could easily pass as a sweet/milk stout. Deep black with a lasting tan head. Milkshake-like texture is smooth, creamy and heavy, with only a mild carbonation. Lots of residual sweetness makes it more of a dessert beer than a winter warmer, but it’s a rich and tasty sweetness. Big notes of milk chocolate and sweetened espresso with cream. Soft carafa malts come through nicely. Earthy, herbal and spicy hops are very mellow; 47 IBUs struggle under the weight of all the malts. Overall, it’s a tasty beer; it’s just a little too sweet for me.