goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a hazy caramel brown color with a beige head and thick oily brown legs. The aroma was salty, smokey, and doughy. Phenolic and smokey flavor but there was some sweet chocolate. Some heat on the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body.
robinvboyer (4170) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from the lcbo.
Dark brown pour, not as dark as i expected. Sweet malty aroma, light roast and some subtle dark fruits. Low carb, good mouth feel. Finish is quite sweet, almost cloying. Light bitterness, and light roast, with a touch of coffee. Hmmm, kinda disapointed.
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a dark beer with a small tan head. Big sweet molasses nose. Tastes of sweet caramel corn, brown sugar, raisens and some toast. This beer deserves a better rating, but it was late in the night.
Crit (3840) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown,big lasting tan head.Light roasty nose,hint of chocolate
.Big smoky burnt profile,bacon overtones.Lasting roasted bitterness in finish
Light alcohol heat.
probstblueribbon (3722) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from a BarTowel private order, shared with Lubiere, served cool in a tulip glass. Bottled DEC 1/09. 21AU11.
App.: Deep brown-black with a nice, dense tan head.
Aroma: Very deep licorice and molasses, quite fruity, slightly ashen, a little leafy and herbacious, a touch dusty, some soy sauce, a touch floral, lovely.
Palate: Medium-full body, restrained effervescence.
Flav.: Really big, beautiful dark chocolate, huge molasses and licorice, a touch of brine or soy sauce, lots of dark dried fruits, some leafy hops, huge and beautiful; sweet with sufficient bitterness, vanilla, chocolate, etc., dark dried fruits, long residual molasses and licorice, alcohol, beautiful.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by JoeMcphee. Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a large brown head. Pleasant aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dates and malt. The flavor is decidedly boozey with bourbon and there is some caramel also present. Strong heat from the alcohol at the finish. This one is a bit rough around the edges.
beastiefan2k (3587) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Poured into a copita glass with a larger brown head and a black body. Aroma is partially affected by the overcarbonation, take some elements away from it. Otherwise, there is a good amount of roast and light cocoa maltiness. The flavor is nicely balanced with the thick roast, cocoa and light dark fruit sweetness. It’s easy drinking yet full of flavor. Just needs a little less carbonation.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, 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.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle provided by Alex for our Canadian tasting...Pours a medium brown with a light tan head that rises about a finger but is gone right away, ugly...Light aroma of chocolate and grain, with a light dark fruits, not as sweet as expected for a bp...From the taste and feel I think right away this is a very lagerish bp. Not very sweet, roasy with dark fruits, not overly strong but decent enough to drink.
Nothing special but I’d drink it again.
Spab (3434) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from Bishop’s Cellar. Pours a very dark brown with small but lasting tan head. Lightly roasted aroma with moderately sweet dark fruit and some cocoa. Taste is also lightly roasty with much stronger fruitiness (raisin, prunes), toffee, cocoa with a light hoppiness. Alcohol is fairly muted for 9%. Delicate carbonation. Quite nice.