Leighton (9641) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Sander’s place, NYC. Pours clearish brown with a fine, creamy head. Rich, roasty malt nose. Light sweet flavor, dark toast, earth. Light bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Light bitter, earthy finish, dirt, some cocoa, toast. Not bad.
keepersj12 (2512) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A tasty brew but not a stout. It pours clear dark amber with a red tint. The aroma has some caramel, a touch of wood, some smoke and bread. The flavor has the same with a nice balance of hops to round it out.
rougeau13 (1840) - Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, clear, cola-like brown with a sudsy khaki head. Aroma of hay, chocolate, grass, toffee, and smoke. Taste is ashy and a little bitter. Medium bodied and pretty smooth.
MaBeer1972 (1244) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Julios. Pours out a Deep ruby black. Thick light tan head that settles to a thin lace. Toffee-coffee aromas. Flavor is as advertised, a unique combination of a stout and pale ale. Deep and malty, yet with a distinctive hoppiness. Some bubble gum. Better as it warms. Oddly, a little fizzy though, not smooth and silky like a good stout should be.
AaronDaniel (35) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours a beautiful clear, dark black cherry with an ample tan fluffy head that laces nicely. It all gets fuzzy from there, though. This beer pours and looks way better than it tastes. I smell stout. There are bread and earthy notes. And, I can make out the "smoke". I feel ale. It has a nice, and very drinkable pale ale mouth feel with moderate carbonation. These will be easy to knock back. As the bottle says, I get a nice subtly sweet malt (the way I like a beer). That finishes with gentle grassy hops. I detect a trace amount of choclate. This brew definitely combines stout and pale ale, but fails to bring complexity. Sweet malts, Gentle hops: this reads like a beer I should love. I do like this beer- but, I don’t "love" it. Suffice to say: "I wouldn’t kick it out of glass".
ozarkspops (305) - - FEB 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with cherry sides. Thick khaki head with decent lacing. Mild smokey aroma. Mostly stout like aroma. Chocolate, caramel, and roast. Citrusy hop aroma also coming through just briefly. Pretty light body. Flavor starts out with a pinch hops. More if a pale ale feel with a stout flavor. Chocolate, smoke, and roast come through much more than the hop or other pale ale characteristics. A much maltier version of a black ipa.
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KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a decent black with a nose of saltine crackers and roasted nuts. Flavor is roasted nuts soaked in a weak cocoa. Average mouthfeel. Meh.
annunz123 (799) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Musty, earthy aroma with some grassy hops. Flavor starts sweet with a little chocolate, finishes with some grassy, coffee bitterness and a little tinny flavor. Not as good as some of the others from this series, but still worth trying.
hawker (12) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Trying to be a bit too fancy, not a real porter, but not a real ale. Not too tasty, drinkable...
johnnnniee (1955) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear dark brown color with with a huge fluffy off white head that seems to last forever. Smells lightly roasty with caramel, brown sugar, and an earthy mineral aroma. The flavor mimics the aroma quite well. Earthy, sulfur, dark sugar, chocolate, hints of fruit and a bit of roast. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I can’t figure this one out, is it a weak stout, a roasty English pale ale? It does neither very well. Mediocre beer at best.