jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy, a porter? I think not. Def dark like a porter, has some bitterness due to roasting, etc, however most if not all is derived from the hops. Lots of punch from all angles in this one.
McNeillR (2210) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber, decent cap off sandy head. Musty brassy marked nose. Milky roast. Lean bitterness. Creamy. Finishes brassy bitter. Linger is rich bitter.
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Craig’s. Pours transparent brown with a creamy tan head. The nose has some toasted grains, nips of earth and brown sugar. Medium sweet flavor, lightly smokey, with burnt toast, more earth and grains. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Moderate sweetness to finish with still more toasted grains, bittersweet cocoa, mellow earth. Not bad.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is a little dusty, chocolate, coffee. Taste of chocolate, dried fruit, coffee. Little sweet and bitter.
cgarvieuk (21099) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at home ... dark brown black.. big tan head ... soft sweet toffee fruit malt nose ... soft roast ...dark chocolatt roast ... soft chocolate roast ... soft roast malts ... dry fruits ... soft malts ... caramel toffe
allmyvinyl (9357) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours clear brown with a thick beige head. Aromas of spice, caramel, toffee. Taste is rye bread, toffee. Finishes sweet.
Stuu666 (10291) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours pale ruby brown, nose is fruity, chocolate, taste is dry, bitter, chocolate, roast.
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 8-02-2011 (Bottle) This beer pours a medium sized tan head with a lengthy retention, reddish brown transparent body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malt, chocolate, rye, citrus, pine hops, and bitter. The taste is moderately bitter, chocolate, rye, citrus, and pine hops. The mouthfeel is lively and this beer is medium bodied. The hops dominate the flavor of this beer and blend in nicely with the other flavors.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewvival 2011, on tap. Dark amber body small off white head
Sweet roast caramel and fruit aroma
Sweet roast chocolate caramel fruit and hop flavor
Med full bod mod carb
travita (4841) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog of ratings. Thanks to someone at one of bu11zeye’s tastings. The smell is hops, malts, caramel, and cardboard. The taste is light, sweet, hops, malts, and more cardboard. The look is light brown in color and has a really thin beige colored head.
Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this one on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge, VA, and I’ve just gotta say, "Man what a treat!"
Ap: Almost black, with a tinge of light showing through around the edges, and about an inch worth of head.
Ar: Hoppy, fruity, BBQ scent. Wow, this is different.
T: Citrusy, yeasty, and VERY yummy! The overall taste profile reminds me very much of FFF "Black Sun Stout." Ahhh...a good descriptor just popped into my head: "Fruity Pebbles" in high grade dark chocolate milk.
P: Fills out the mouth nicely. The carbonation actually adds to the enjoyment of this brew.
O: I totally wasn’t expecting this beer to be as good as it was. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this is the best Heavy Seas product I’ve ever tasted.
ON 11/23/11 - I HAD THIS ONE AGAIN ...and it didn’t disappoint. The same fruity, molasses-like quality I got back in 2010 is still there, along with the very thick mouthfeel. I totally dug this beer. Too bad this is probably the last time I will ever get to taste it. :(