Fritz123 (1362) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received in a trade with CBOK. Thanks! This pours a beautiful extremely dark brown into a snifter. Larger off-white head lasted and laced nicely. The aroma was complex with dark chocolate, malts, raisins, prunes, dark breads, and leather. The taste was just as complex with dark fruits, dark chocolate, cream, caramel, mocha, booze and roasted nuts. Full body, flavorful finish of malts and nuts. Little booze. Very good.
portableparty (2104) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mahogany brown tiny ring of head. Aroma has spiced caramel burnt malt vanilla. Taste is more spiced caramel vanilla coco subtle peat and subtle booze and wood. Palate medium and warming.
Beardaxe (293) - - NOV 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brownish/blacl with little head. Aroma of malt and a bit of roast and not much else. Mildly shape carbonation. Good mix of hops and malt with a bit more hops than I was expecting. Nice underlying smokiness. More than subtle but still unobtrusive. No real heat on the finish but there is some spicy bitterness. Smooth for 10%. Nothing mind blowing here but very well executed.
jbruner (2986) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to prufrockstar! Pours a hazy brown with fluffy white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is actually big hop up front, vegetal pine with a big malty backbone. Taste is nicely balanced American strong ale with a great hoppy middle and the alcohol amazingly well hidden. Wow, amazing.
alliance100 (1014) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - pours a deep amber color . Taste is sweet , grainy with a solid smokiness . Really enjoyed this one .
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sulawang (729) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Visual: Pours deep dark brown with a fantastic huge foam and lasting head, thick sticky lacing, some micro CO2 activity near the surface. Beautiful.
Nose: faint dark caramel malts, hints of chocolate, roastedness, and brown sugar. (lvl-3)-pungency
Attack: dense liquid malt sweetness
Mid-palate: thick-bodied, creamy-light fizzy mouthfeel, (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) chocolate, brown sugar/caramel malts, figs, leather
Finish: medium booziness, light roasted coffee, persistent malty sweetness, soft hopped bitterness, lingering sweet-bitter finish.
Summary: A robust, full-bodied ale with a very dark malty character. Well executed but no unique flavours particularly stood out.
ARH (865) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2014 Poured into a sampler stemmed tulip from a tap. Dark fruity aromas of figs and cherries come through on the nose along with chocolate and some smokiness. There’s also slight leather and a light woodiness in there. It pours a near opaque brown red color with a tan, creamy head. A thick ring is retained with a fuzzy surface. It leaves a light, runny and streaky lace. The taste is a medium high sweet and medium bitter. The full body had an oily texture and a soft, fuzzy carbonation. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, dark cherries, and citrus are all preseny with a peppery spice kick at the finish. Dark chocolate and citrus hang around in aftertaste.
JHeath99 (1473) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thick layer of tan head. Aroma is sweet with boozy hints. Taste is at first overly carbonated but quickly mellows to a booze, chocolate, malty taste.
slowrunner77 (7284) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"a good brew. nose is sweet with a slightly too strong alcohol presence, also apparent in the flavor. sweet, malty, and strong. not balanced enough and just a touch too harsh for me, but i can appreciate that it’s a well made beer. re-rate: 2008 batch sampled 3-09 @Lucky Baldwin’s Delirium Pub. way more smoke in the flavor than last time i had it. still. aroma was malty, peet & chocolate. lots of smoke in flavor, with more chocolate and a drier hoppy finish. better than last time...score adjusted
keeps growing on me!
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured pitch black with a cream colored head that lasted for 5 minutes. Smelled of caramel, alcohol, raisins, and chocolate. Tasted of chocolate and smoke. Surprisingly light for a 10% beer. The bottle was over a year old, so the beer was relatively smooth. Definitely want to buy and age some more of these.