Braudog (5998) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark maroon with a firm tan head and a big piney aroma. Very rich flavors tingle right away ... heavy roasted malt, bitterly alcoholic, with a sour chocolate finish.
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I recently purchased a 2004 batch. After sampling 2 out of the 6 bottles, I will definitely let the remaining 4 age for 60-90 days before re-sampling. Overall , it is a fine full-bodied ale. Quite an astringent front on the palate, but finishes surprisingly smooth. The classifiction of an ASB is not what I have experienced from the first 2 samplings. A barleywine character better resembles what I have tasted thus far.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, nose is chocolate, caramel, cherries. Anise, chocolate and cherries in the flavour. Quite a good beer.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark in colour, medium sized head. Nose is malty and gritty. Nothing too exciting to say about this one. Only got a small taste of this thing.
thegreenrooster (3499) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy brown out of the bottle with a nice sized white head. Aroma is chocolate and hops. Flavor is intense chocolate with a nutty aftertaste. This is probably the most "chocolate" tasting brew i have ever had and it is quite tasty. Alcohol is well hidden which makes this very easy to drink.
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is nutty, hoppy, dried fruit, and a hint of toffee. Taste is malty with spicy hops, light nuttiness, bittersweet chocolate, and toffee. Moutfeel is lightly carbonated and smooth with lots of dryness around the edges. Finish is more nuts, cocoa, spicy hops, light fruits, and creamy malts.
DocLock (8497) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to TChrome for this. Pours DEEP ruby with a two-finger tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, nuts, toffee, cognac. Tastes malty, very nutty, with some fruitiness, vanilla, and spices at the finish. Dense at midpalate, giving way to a semi-dry, full bodied, nutty, hoppy, fruity finish. Top notch complexity.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy dark red with a decent creamy light brown head that leaves good lacing in my glass. Fruity dark cherry and plum aromas. Bready, nutty, chocolate-caramel and fruit flavors, full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, finishes with a pleasant bitterness, well done.
pineypower (2719) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Very interesting brew...thanks to Snowtiger. This one poured out a nice brown color with a thick head. The aroma was very interesting and told of chocolate and slight hop. The taste was very complex and well balanced with notes of roasty malts, chololate, earthy flavors with a slight very slight hop on the finish. Well masked alcohol content and a wonderful winter brew.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. Pours red-brown with thick tan head. Complex aromas of malt, roast, chocolate, and some spiciness. Not much hoppiness in the aroma. Wow, great flavor! Mild hoppiness, caramel and roasted flavor with some spiciness and alcohol warmth. Pretty smooth. Very enjoyable beer!