queenholly (2920) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Earthy musty malt aroma. Dark brown with a small tan head. Slighty sweet caramel malt and earthy rooty/herbal flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a moderate white head. Smells of dark breads, floral. Taste is sweet and bitter - bread, hint of chocolate, hint of vanilla - hint I hops. Very malt forward.
BierMeHoos (101) - Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2014 Dark brown with an amber tint. Caramel, toffee aroma with a smoky finish. Very dry malt, little sweetness. Very smooth malty finish.
iceman15658 (128) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle to pint glass. The brew pours a deep brown color. The smell is faint but hints of roasty malt are there. Taste is a mild caramel and bit of alcohol. Not bad
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice was. Dark and thick. Somewhat strong and enjoyable in all aspect. Not veyr aromatic.
tectactoe (1851) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Thanks, Justen! Deep brown, highly opaque center with lighter edges; off-white, slightly beige head settles quick to a thin, swampy layer atop the beer. Aroma is muted, notes of polished mahogany, sweet & toasted malt, roasted cocoa powder undertones, & a touch of faint smoke. Taste has a mostly toasted malt backbone with big notes of wood, nuts, & a little musk with some mid-palate caramel, toffee, & faint buttery sweetness. Hops makes a larger appearance; weedy, earthy, musky, & a little ashy. Finish contains some timid charcoal & moderate smoke, edging towards peat-like. Warmth brings out some prunes, raisins, & apple skins. Overall, a nice combo of yeast, smoke, spice, malt, & hops when all is said & done.
Bif (1443) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Served an opaque dark brown color with a nice head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with bit of dark fruit and toffee. Taste of roasted malt, trace of dark fruit and malt sweetness. Subtle bitterness and a clean, dry finish. Fairly full body, smooth and silky feel. No trace of the 7.7% ABV. Very enjoyable beer that was spot on.
geologyguy (690) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells good...can smell a stronger alcohol, and taste too...heavier malty character with a very slight bitterness...gets sweeter as you drink!
dlovell2 (770) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with an amber tint with a tan head. Caramel, toffee aroma with an earthy peaty smoky finish. Really dry malt start. Toffee flavors but without the sweetness. Finish is a faint smokiness. Very smooth malty finish.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a one finger cream shade. Itís retention is rather poor, sadly, but it does try to leave behind a little lacing.
S: To the surprise of absolutely no one, this is loaded with tons of sweet caramel. Thatís what the style dictates, natch - what catches me off guard is the pleasant chocolaty smell I pick up. Itís also rather smoky, too, almost to rauchbier levels. This aroma is really intriguing.
T: It hits hard with caramel right from the start. And that dark chocolate note from the nose? Itís here, if a little buried within the other notes. But I donít care. Smoky malts finish it off, with an occasional kiss of herbal hop bitterness coming through. The key here is thatís itís not oppressively sweet - just kind of sweet. Itís still a wee heavy though, so that means the caramel sweetness shouts at you while the other subtle notes sort of dance around behind it.
M: This has good body, but could be a little creamier. Thereís a slight dry touch on the finish which goes a long way to giving it good drinkability. The carbonation is perhaps a bit sharp, but itís not overdone by any stretch.
O: Iíve come to the realization I enjoy this style. A lot. And this satiates my enjoyment of said style quite well. Really good dessert beer, this one.