MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 batch 57. very fruity aroma - any dark dried fruit - fig, raisin, plum/prune. dark amber/brown at the center, amber at the edges. medium cloudiness. fizz visibly running up the sides. fluffy darkish tan head, thick lacing that leaves hanging ledges. light hop start, then roasted malt flavor. next dried fruit flavor. mellow but powerful hop finish, almost a "slow bite" like a serious hot pepper. on the way out, good hop & malt balance, then alcohol. peaty flavors kick in after more sips, burnt hops?? don't want to admit it, but I get the cigar flavor some others mentioned. highly unique, but some unwanted flavors too (ash?). had this maybe 8 years ago and didn't enjoy it as much as the others liked it then either, sorry! it's like having a port, a scotch, and a cigar in one drink.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
batch 48. all i have to say is
WOW. this is GREAT. i chose to drink mine with a cigar- as the bottle suggests. dark in color with a thick creamy brown head that lasts until the end of the glass. smell is full of figs and some cherry aroma. taste is sweet but not TOO sweet, this is such a good beer i cant imagine anything better that isnt an imperial stout or imp ipa. alcohol is well hidden and only until the end do you notice it is there. this beer smells so good its almost as good to smell it as it is to drink it. so good. NC needs to raise the limit so i could buy this on a daily basis. this will become my new session beer if the law is raised. this is fucking incredible!
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 56. I have just poured the glass and am waitng for the head to settle. The smell is overwhelming the room and it's driving me salivatingly mad. I wonder if I can get close enough to the glass to taste this without passing out from hyperventilation. Oh crap, moving closer, the smells are getting all mixed up. Let's take this slowly. A wierd whiff of rare meat. Figs, cherries, plums? Yeast, of course. Some mocha. Earth, acidity, licorice? From far away, chocolate. I swear to God, I'm actually getting all this. Everyone MUST sit in the same room for this beer and smell it for twenty minutes. This can't possibly taste as complex as it smells, but here goes. Did I mention it's a deep dark brown like a traditional porter? Not much light getting through. Wow. This beer is like the magic gum at Willy Wonka's factory. Or like Manwich. Either way, it's a meal. Bursts with fruit, leather, earth, and caramel up front. Fades to warming but bitter chocolate over the middle and ends with ashy, smoky, burnt wood flavor...dry as dust. Afterburp of mild alcohol. My God, this is amazing. Go get one. NOW. THANK YOU DREW!
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tasty. Started out with a sweet, fruity spiciness of a nice belgian. But finished with the unmistakable flavor of coffee. Very unique, and very good!
GoldenCrown (18) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The first impression is a strong one as the aroma is overwhelming and pleasant. Reminds me of a playground near a beach.
That said, the taste underwhelms. It gives a 'comfort zone' in the drinking but doesn't give much more. Its a full taste in the mouth and little aftertaste.
Overall, I'd say this beer is all bark and no bite.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark woody brown with a creamy tan head. Amazingly strong aroma. Hops and malt and fruit with a lingering smell of cotton candy that tickles the tip of the nose. The flavor is broad and woody. Much less sweet than the aroma would lead one to expect. There's a burnt wood flavor that clings to the roof of the mouth, while the tongue is puckered by a almost lambic-like kick. VERY unusual. Quite nice.
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights and a medium-sized tan head. Smokey aroma. Flavor of smoked sausage and cigars. Did not care for it at first, but it began to grow on me by the end of the glass.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly see through at the edges, otherwise a rich dark chocolate brown with a cloudy tan head. Beautiful looking ale. Sweet caramel and fruit with some mild alcohol evident on nose. Bubbly - at times almost too carbonated - chocolate and plums and malts stroll on in before slowly leaving you wanting to know more. Good stuff.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 58, in case anyone is taking notes.
I gotta say, this doesn't do it for me. This is an awesome brewery that makes some awesome beers (I gave my only perfect score to this brewery's Doggie Claws), but this one is a bit odd.
Scent is definately of dark fruits with a bit of alcohol hiding.
Taste is of raisins, apricots, and peat moss. Way too earthy for my tastes.
Mouthfeel is tart and mineral. Overall, this might be your thing but it's not mine. Definately give me a try as it is very unique, but it just doesn't do it for me. I wanted to like it a lot more than I did.
mnbeerguy (11) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very Unique. Batch 52. Deep Brown in Color, with a huge malt/chocolate aroma. Mouth feel is silky smooth and very rich. Sweet and smokey flavor that adds hops toward the finish. Rich, chocolate finish. If you can find this, get it. Then drink it. Overall, a wonderful example of what can be done in small batches in an american artisan brewery.