ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Found this half full on the tasting table before the sexual chocolate release. Dark cola brown colored pour with a few bubbles and a rim around the glass for a head. Aroma of nutella, chocolate, peanut butter. A bit of roast, caramel and toffee. A hint of maple syrup. Flavor is strong with bitter roast up front. The healthy dose of aromatic malts were not enough to make me seek this one out again.
bvc (1232) - Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, thanks Ben. Dark jammy dried fruit, raisins, leather, touch of tobacco, good amount of residual sugar. Tight carbonation, decent body feel...not overly thick. Sweet figgy flavors up front, tobacco and leather, brown sugar, drier in the finish and the 12% is pretty well hidden.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks ben! christmas cookie. brown sugar, ginger snap. mousey mahogany. sharp alcohol, leathery and some raspberry.
riversideAK (6048) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of strongly roasted malts some darker fruit notes, earthy hops, toasted nuts. A seriously robust brown ale nose without too much sweeetness, alcohol is present but adds nicely to the aroma. Pours brown with nice reddish underlying notes. Not much head or lace. Sweet with roast, chocolate, residual sugar, some fruity sweetness, dry roasty finish. Nice hop bitterness - earthy light fruit. Balanced with only light alcohol for 12percent. I like it.
decaturstevo (5742) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with tan head and lace. Roasted malt, light chocolate, and abv. Sweet malt with very light chocolate and abv. Medium bodied with good carbonation. nice.
Rustyham (1835) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at the Nashville Beer Summit. Sweet bourbon and cinnamon nose, flavor is malty warm and meaty.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared at Nashville Beer Summit 1.0. Pours brown with a tan head. Nutty and alcohol nose. Medium bodied, with a slight oily texture. Flavor of cocoa and nutty malts, countered by some moderate herbal and spicy hops. Dry and warming finish, with some tannins peeking through. Brown ale on mega steroids. A sipper for sure, but lacks a wow factor.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and brown sugar. Great sweet flavor. Abv well hidden. Solid beer.
dchmela (3002) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to NBondi for the bottle. Deep brown pour with a thick tan head. Chocolate, toffee and citrus hop aroma. Taste is toffee, chocolate taste with a nice chewy body. Alcohol bite peaks through. Thick and intense, a nice winter warmer.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft. pours cloudy brown with tan head nose is sweet molasses and floral
hoppage flavors are sweet, brown sugar honey vanilla and coffee. Sweet
alc notes but it doesn’t burn, straight forward and uninspired.