brokensail (12361) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Nose is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops. A light acididty, slight toffee sweetness, and some toasted bread. Nice roasted malt and coffee flavor. Mild toffee sweetness, earthy hops, coffee grounds, and a light bitterness. A slight acidity on the finish. A bit of chocolate to it as well.
mcberko (8430) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark amber with a small beige head. Nose is quite subtle, with some roast, caramel and bready malts. Flavour is of dry bready malts, some burnt / charred malts and very subtle caramel. Very light-bodied, dominating with the burnt notes. Pretty weak but nothing offensive. Forgettable.
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a deep cola brown hued body with a medium sized tan head with good lace and retention. Aromas are nutty, medium melanoidin, cola, anise, espresso. Seems like their is a bit of a fruity hop character to it. Molasses. Flavors are dry, roasted grain, nutty, medium leather, grainy, chocolate, dry coffee grounds. A bit overly roasty, malt flavor is slightly muddled. Clean. Very dry. Medium carbonation, slightly thinner body.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Portland Bottle Shop. Pours dark brown/black with tan foam. Smells mildly roasty with a nice sweetness. Tastes light and lightly roasty with sweet malts.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 4/25/12 from a 650mL capped bomber bottle sent to me by hannont. Pours nearly black dark brown, with a thin beige head that leaves average lace. The nose is nutty with dark and milk chocolate, and a nice note of coffee. The flavor is much lighter up front, moving to the darker chocolate, cocoa nib, and coffee notes, with just a touch of nuttiness. The body is light with average carbonation and a long nutty coffee with milk and dark chocolate, and cocoa nib finish. This beer is awesome.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2012 Deep mahogany, translucent at the edges, with a creamy tan head. Nose is fresh roast, black bread, bitter cocoa, and a touch of smoke. Flavor also has a rich and earthy umami quality. Body is thin, carb is soft, and abundant roasted dryness leads toward a lightly bitter, smoke-kissed finish. The light body, ample roast, and smoky dryness stunningly complements something like a rich chocolate ganache dessert. At 4.8%, you CAN have it with dessert because it is not already one in itself. My favorite schwarz.
deyholla (7588) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Tom for this one! Pours a hazy brown with a slight copper hue and a brown head that dissipates nearly completely. Aroma has a good amount of espresso with some roasted malt and bread notes with a hint chocolate. Flavor has a good amount of roast and a hint of smoke with a bit of bitter chocolate and coffee in the finish.
GJF (1316) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very black pour, brownish head. Malty, smoky aroma. Lots of roasted malt flavor. Starts out more like a stout in flavor profile, but flavor doesn’t last--a clean finish more like a lager. Well done.
madvike (3045) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours rich mahogany, dark with a big foamy tan head. Nose is big rich malt, nutty with a hint of dark chocolate, coffee, and just a touch of smoke. A nice milkiness covers the whole thing. Taste is bold nutty dark bread, coffee grounds, and a thin milkiness. It’s bold, but extremely smooth--a little dry, but not astringent. The carbonation tingles a bit on the finish, but it’s not overbearing. Very nice stuff.
3fourths (8465) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 bottles. deep cola brown with a lasting dark tan head. toasted and scorched and blackened baked cracker malt with abundant soy / plum cola / char. frothy carbonation and smooth texture with delicious toastiness dryness. lingering charred biscuit and cracker malt finish. lovely.