ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle - $10.49 at Lucky’s in Woodstock, Georgia.
Bottling Date: 2/18/2013.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall, surging, medium tan head. While it does quickly settle, it doesn’t quite evaporate on you.
Smell: Sweetish, malty with varied, churning notes of roasted barley, caramel, baker’s chocolate, toasted bread crusts, and nuts all cut by a jutting tartish fruitiness that, when co-mingled with the sweetish tones, has a quality like a good quality balsamic vinegar. I’m on-board with this one.
Taste: Roast, caramel, and some noted nuttiness with a fair degree of sweetness, but, there’s a very quick jolt (just like in the nose, BANG, it’s there) of tart fruitiness akin to a gulp of sangria. Interspersed with an agreeable bourbon barrel quality. A little earthiness underneath it all, with a low tone of black pepper. A little late-arriving vanilla and rye. Takes on the vinegary quality on the back half and into the semi-sweet, smooth, agreeably warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: A pleasing beer and another quality release from the good folks at Shmaltz.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at pizza plant. Dark Brown pour with a thick creamy khaki head. Funky nose with raisins and some plum. Taste is really sweet with Apple, funk, raisins, slightly bitter. Long gradually bitter finish.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Toronado San Francisco. One of the most interesting beers I have ever had. I never would have expected a ridiculous beer mash up like this to be so damn good.
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, wood, bourbon, maple syrup, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, wood, bourbon, plum, raisins, toffee, and cherry.
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle thanks to bklab this i a way out there brew poured jet black thin tan neck ok this is why i didnt just talk shit about this beer cause the nose is toasty vanilla dark wet wood and some cherry funk taste was prune juice and alcohol there was some wood maybe im not sure if its a sour or just way to much going on idk
M82 (410) - Kansas, USA - JUN 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz of batch no. 2 (1492 cases) bottled on 2/18/2013 @ 55° into TeKu; Coffee bean body beneath a tightly structured 2.5” khaki head fading to a solid ring and a few islands with several spatters of lace and alcohol; Playful bourbon and rye whiskey complimented by juicy red and purple fruits backed by layers of caramel chocolate, coffee, black licorice, and creamy vanilla barrell nuances, cohesive aromatics and flavors from a silky, highly coating medium-heavy mouth lending a touch of warmth and tartness to play off solid sweetness; lively, interesting and delicious
Mora2000 (6052) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate, roasted malt, oak, maple and some dark fruit. The flavor is equally complex. I get quite a bit of tart dark fruit (mainly cherries and grapes) as well as some roasted malt and chocolate. The oak also comes through in the flavor. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.
brokensail (13679) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown, almost black, with a khaki head. Sour, acetic, fruity nose. Currants, leather, oak, and green apple. Mild alcohol and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is tart and acetic as well. Big currant, raisin, green apple, and lemon. Leather, chocolate, oak, and balsamic. A touch boozy on the finish.
blklab2007 (2099) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a dark brown color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma has bourbon barrels, rye, funky esters, dark fruit, and cherry. Mouth feel is medium with a thick coating for a sour and carbonation medium low. Flavor is rich on the barrels, dark fruit, and cherry tartness.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Danish pour at VA Wine Experience tasting. Pours dark brown. Funky dark fruit aroma. Taste is stone fruits, booze, roasted malts. Surprisingly drinkable.