JStax (2344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a darker amber with a thick beige head of foam. In the aroma I got notes of sherry, molasses, raisin, fig, leather, toffee. Fairly complex aroma. The taste was even more of that. I got an earthy sweetness that lingers on the tongue and developed into a dark fruit sweetness. That taste lingers on the tongue for awhile. Subtle carbonation with a thick, chewy mouthfeel. Very good.
Danyel (319) - Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours dark with a perfect lasting tan head. Smells raisins, figs, smells hot, high alcohol. Tastes really smoky, rich, raisins, very lively. Just a really all around great beer. Not much to improve....great for what it is!!!
CaveSpider (23) - - NOV 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is toffee, burned sugar, wood and coffee. Dark black color with a nice thin tan head. Taste is extremely full flavored, sweet vanilla and roasted, creamy. Proper carbonation. This beer is amazing and very, very flavorful. Delicious, definitely try this.
Brentv (89) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served from the tap and drank from a glass at the Hair of the Dog brewpub in Portland. This is one rich beer. Aromas and flavors are full and smoky and chocolate and dark fruits, and yes, even leather. It’s rather sweet. A great beer to sip slowly and roll around the tongue and savor. This is a unique brew, not one I would want every day, but when the mood fits, there’s not a better option. One fantastic brew and very special.
BoostIPA (971) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
About to hit the turbo boosters. Tell warf that I’ll meet him in the holodeck for a few kegs of eisbock after this. Pours a pretty dark brown, almost black with an enormous tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, burnt sugar, black unknown. Taste is thick mouthfuls of wood, some chocolate, some cigarette butts. So thick. Finishes with a malty donkey punch.
demmbonz (410) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle to snifter. Aroma is chocolate, cherry, wood, dark fruit and a little smoke. Dark brown with a hint of red and a velvety smooth texture. A complex and delicious sipper.
collinthib (8) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just as they say: Chocolate, smoke, and leather. Just as complex as a good scotch. Sweet, but not cloying; smokey, but not overpowering. The Rauch Malt really comes through; notes of a good Berliner Weiss but not sour or dry. A well balance, high SG beer that is delicately flavored and intense. One of the best beers I’ve ever tasted.
tmrmwel (680) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Hair of the Dog, Portland. Pours dark red maroon with a small creamy head. Aroma is oak and dark fruits, with nice molasses, vanilla and bourbon notes. Full creamy body with no carbonation. Big sweet flavour with roasted malts and oak, as well as liquorice, lactose and lots of dark fruits. Long heavy finish with bourbon, leather and vanilla with a fruity touch to it all.
pictoman (219) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Batch 88] Poured from 12 fl oz bottle. Dark brown with an amber hue and full beige head. Very dark fruit and sweet malt nose. Flavour of dark fruit, chocolate and mild alcohol and resin notes. Fairly full body, oily/creamy texture, nice coating effect.
asheft (2372) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bready and pumpernickel aroma along with a moderate pine hops accent. Almost opaque dark brown under an eternal, light brown cover. Smooth pumpernickel and dried fruit flavour at first, followed by an assertive hop bite. Some citrus and pine accents are present, but have been blunted by aging. Oxidation notes from a 1 year sleep in my cellar detract from this beer--would have been better fresher. Medium to full body, warming, medium carbonation, lasting bitterness in the finish.