nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is complex and sweet with roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, spice, fruit, hops, and alcohol. The appearance is dark brown with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with a touch of coffee. The palate is thick. Overall a fantastic beer.
Slipstream (1866) - USA - OCT 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Belgian ale? This seemed more like a sweet stout or an imperial stout to me. Another clever label from HeBrew. 13 malts and 13 hops - wow! 13% alcohol too, everything 13. Dark pour and sticky head. Full aroma of floral sweetness, with a touch of herbs and citrus. This is a big, sticky brew with some coffee flavor, a little molasses, and a dash of herbs and smoke. If you like a rich, sweet stout, you will probably go for this. Along with the Lenny’s, this is the best thing I’ve had yet from Schmaltz. It deserves a higher rating.
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Mac’s on West Peachtree. Holy schnikes! 13 malts and hops what can I say that is a lot. Anyways, the beer looks damn good. Nice off-white almost chocolate head. The head fades away quickly. Nice black body...looks pretty good to me. Mixture of malts and hops. I remember the night I had the 12 and I had the same feeling about that beer as well. I simply think there is just too much going on. Little soy, chocolate, rye, and roast on the nose. As I said, the hops are there of course. An odd aroma that doesn’t scream Belgian. Chocolate is coming through the most; at least to me it is. Fairly nice chocolate and roast flavor. Actually a really nice roast flavor, and a decent chocolate flavor. You get a bit of the rye, but the hops quickly take over towards the end. Alcohol provides a nice warmth. Wow, if it wasn’t labeled a Belgian I would be a little nicer, but for the simple fact that is has some good qualities it is ok in my book.
thegreenrooster (2976) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is a nice chocolate malt with some caramel and toffee. Flavor is milk chocolate, coffee, bourbon with some dark fruit. Then comes the alcohol burn at the end. I did not like the 12 version very much but i think the 13 has enough things in it to carry this to the soild category. With some age to tame the alcohol this could be quite good.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample from the bottle at The 2009 Great Decatur Beer Festival on 10/17/09... pours a dark brown / light black... sweet malt aroma with some caramel and dark fruit... big body with huge malts... lots of dark fruit and roasty malt flavors... big strong solid beer... definitely will need to get a couple bottles of this one...
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
HOLY SHIT! This is pure yum. It pours deep and dark with garnet edges and adequate dark tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate, caramel, roasty malts, a dash of burnt malts (13 malts, you know some of it is black patent), a touch of biscuit, a modest level of dark fruity esters and a touch of heat. The flavor is ushered in on a creamy and smooth carpet ride. The taste begins with chocolate and roasty malts and then heading toward burnt malts, caramel, dates, prunes and figs. The booze wells up about midway to join in and help move this to the finish. The roasty and burnt malts persist with light amounts of chocolate and caramel heading from the finish and into the after taste with a modest sense of booze. Seems better than 12 when it was fresh. YUM!
beersearcher (2168) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pitch black. Aroma is big but muddled. Strong. Bourbon aroma and taste at the back end. This is a snifter beer.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours almost new-moon black, but shows crimson flashes around the edges of the glass when held up to the Florida Sun. Small, creamy, beige head with good retention. The bouquet is malty, fruity and vinous – singed caramel, milk chocolate, dark port, maple syrup and molasses are the real standouts to my olfactory system. Full-bodied with tingly carbonation. Malty, fruity and sweet. Lots of caramel, molasses, alcohol and berries. Minerally bitterness steps up late in the game. Finishes bittersweet, but the minerally bitterness lingers forever - along with berry fruitiness.
dchmela (2482) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brownish black with a thick creamy head. Caramel. toffee, dark fruit, pomegranate and coffee all come popping out in the aroma. Smooth creamy malt taste with tons of dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, cherries. Just a big thick brew that is insanely flavorful. Awesome.
PorterPounder (4944) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pours a dark black with some ruby red undertones. Sticky, off white head that leaves a tight ring of lacing. Heavy aroma with some strong coffee accents, licorice, brandy, and a wee bit of alcohol. Very full bodied flavor with hints of dates, cherries, chocolate, licorice and a touch of chocolate. Velvety thick, rich mouthfeel. Overall, excellent.