devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours from the bottle with a near opaque cola brown color and a thin but present beige head. The aroma has a subtly complex and alluring assortment of characteristics ranging from dried figs to old leather, light wood smoke, and a light but noticeable sweetness. The flavor is likewise wonderfully varied, with notes of molasses, raisins, a little licorice, some earthy, almost peppery hops, some alcohol, a pinch of orange peel, pine mulch, dark brown sugar, etc. The texture is dense and mouth-filling, but it doesn’t become syrupy and overwhelming. Overall, this is a rich, exceptionally complex beer.
bartzluke (218) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
3 oz pour into a stemmed tasting glass from tap at the brewery in Portland. Black and so opaque I can see myself in it. Moderate lingering cream-colored head. Full bodied, silky, creamy and very smooth. Rich smokey leather nose. Taste is very flavorful. Smoke, chocolate, a bit of scotchy booziness. Deep and flavorful. Leaves smoke and booze on the tongue. Great layers of flavors.
rosskyle (130) - - MAY 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap at Hair of the Dog. Dark black color with a medium tan head. Aroma of raisins and plum with a toasted note. Coffee and plums flavor with a slight bitterness. Body is medium heavy.
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thegreenrooster (3463) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a big earthy malt with an equally nice molasses. Flavor is also a huge chewy brown sugar and molasses laiden malt. Some dark fruit and even some smoke make an appearence. very rich an well done beer.
lightbias (268) - USA - APR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Adam, a dark, nut-brown pour, the liquid capped with a sliver of dense khaki head, soft and seemingly tenacious. The aroma from my glass is nutty; rich figs steeped in caramelizing brown sugar, and yes, just a bit smoky. Right off the bat and without even thinking about it, I’m craving a cigar, dark libraries and old books. There is so much more to that scene imagined, but I shouldn’t go into it now. Something akin to film noir, but so much more modern...
The head clings to the surface, not letting go for a second as I tip the glass for a swallow.
The carbonation is just right, carrying the moderately sweet brew passed my lips and over my tongue; full-bodied, but not heavy at all. A bite on my gums, the flavor is smokier than the aroma; the fruit becoming darker and more tantalizing with each draw. I drink in, I breathe out, the experience will need to happen again, I’m sure of it. The next time, I will age this and find yet another whole and complex profile within the bottle. I am hooked. This is so very nice.
RumRunner101 (869) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, dark pour with a quick dissipating brown head. Aroma is charred malts, brown sugar, licorice. Full bodied, smooth and creamy. Body is dominated by burnt, bitter malts with licorice and molasses notes. Boozy finish, bitter notes that linger, some citrus as well.
bwa5879 (789) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like cola with a fizzy quickly dissipating head to match. Deep aroma of rich coffee blended iwth fig, prunes, raisins, more dark fruits. Soft carbonation, oily tingly mouthfeel, clean finish. Taste has rich chocolate and dark roast coffee, tons of dark fruit like currant, raisin, prune, bitter hops. Really amazing, will definitely try one aged.
williamstome (1265) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, small offwhite head. Aroma is light fruit, roast, smoke. Flavor is rich and smoky, with dark fruit and roast. Delicious.
TylerGreenDC (529) - - MAR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Aroma of leather with a hint of citrus. Tempted to say the flavor is malty, coffee stoutish, but there are enough citrusy hops to belie that. Cacao and maybe a bit of vanilla on the finish. Maybe not my favorite style &c, but obviously a terrific beer.
pepsican (1505) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2015
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015 I feel bad for this rate honestly, but since this is listed as a "cellar favorite" on here, whatever. Will rerate fresh. Batch 70. This is the last of my "beer cellar" which, as I’ve found out after a decade, turns good beer into cardboard, wet dog, the bad notes of sherry and port, and not much else 99.9% of the time. Sigh. Pour amber/brown with minimal head. Licorice, raisins, cardboard, tobacco dog. Yeah. It’s all here. Flat, dead on the palate, just a wonderful beer ruined by too many years of sitting in my basement. I poured the 11 oz out in honor of all of the beer people have rotting in kitchen cabinets around the world. It makes me sad. Glad to be done with part of the beer world. On to some hoppy pales.
Lukasmh (462) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Batch 56, 2002. Pours deep amber brown with impressing small chestnut head. Aroma is sweet, raisins, subtle smoke (more as it warms), toasty malts, some port booze. Only a bit oxidation and dust. Taste is heavy sweet and turns really toasty and dry. Raisins, caramel, burnt sugar, and subtle port wine booze. Smoky edge from the roast barley. Has nice medium carbonation, and really dry, nearly roasty finish. Really impressing for a 12y old beer.