fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at the Tally tasting, pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is bitter roasted malts, cocoa, and soy. Flavor is rich complex layers of roasted, chocolate, caramel, and burnt malts. Very nice.
TimE (3226) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown color, light brown color. Huge molasses and dark chocolate nose. Rich molasses and chocolate. Molasses finish.
drowland (6068) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6/26/10. Sampled at the Tally Tasting 2010. Sweet and almost fruity. Lovely.
SlovakSniper (3203) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Le liquide est brun foncé presque noir. Le mince col de mousse qui se dépose s’estompe aussitôt. Au nez, notes douces de malt foncé avec une touche de mélasse et des pointes évidentes de dattes. Dans les saveurs, le malt foncé revient sous un aspect plus chocolaté. Il dessine son profil autour de la présence d’un sucre cuit et de fruits foncés. Présence de notes herbeuses. Le liquide présente une densité corporelle moyenne et une texture liquoreuse. Arrière-goût sucré et amer avec une apparition légère du 9% d’alcool. (Bouteille de 500 ml en provenance de Dieppe, N-B).
DuffMan (6802) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to OKBeer. Pours a viscous dark brown with golden highlights and a thick, finely bubbled head. Aroma is burnt sugar, musty cork, prunes and chocolate. Sweet burnt sugar flavour opens the palate, but there are notes of sour cherries, chocolate, raisins, wood, and musty basement. A very tasty brew. Thanks Bobby!
presario (4643) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of alcohol and bitter dark chocolate. Tastes like a cherry blossom. Cherry liquere, coconut and chocolate. Where does the fruit flavour come from?
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, golden brown. Dark tan head, goes away quickly. Mild, resiny hop notes, charcoal and molasses, crispy toasted yeastish(is that a word?) aroma. Flavor earthy with spice hints, alcohol aftertaste. Medium to thick body. Improves as it warms, warms you up from the inside as well... YUM
beernbourbon (1305) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to OKbeer. Pour is dark brown with hints of red and a small tan head. Aroma is very sweet: sweet malt, dark fruits, berries, and molasses. This really smells more like an old ale. Flavor is also very sweet. Notable malt and dried fruits up front. A bit cloying. Im not sure if my bottle has some age on it, but I am not detecting the hops that others have mentioned. It would be nice because this is just too sweet for me. Finish is sweet with hints of smoke and tobacco.
blankboy (6081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My bottle [500ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o tupalev. Pours a dark, deep brown with an average size tan head. Mild aroma of lightly roasted malt, caramel, some alcohol and a hint of coffee. Flavour is different then expected but I like it: Roasty with slightly burnt caramel, light green hops, some dark fruit and some maple syrup. Medium to full bodied. Pretty good, perhaps not quite on style but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle
Thanks to jerc for giving me a bottle of this. It was so tempting that it moved right to the front of the queue. All told it was actually a solid baltic porter. Not heavy on the palate despite the ABV it makes for a nice nightcap.
Aroma / Appearance - Short lived the beige head collapsed like a sandcastle at high tide. The black fluid base soon took over the full glass. Dark and bittersweet chocolate, blackberry, smoke, and airy coffee complement each other nicely. Well balanced and thought out it is clear some craft and care went into this one. The ashy finish is the cherry on top of a solid product.