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RATINGS: 731   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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A deep, bold nut brown ale beautifully balanced with rich dark malts and a complex hop character converging to reveal a simply enchanting elixir.


2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Undated bottle, probably early-mid 2006, consumed on 8/3/06.
Fizzy head is light-beige and rapidly recedes to cover and ring, leaving no lacing. Deep, polished- brown-leather body is extremely filtered (clear) with big bubbles rising.
Light shoe polish and hay in the nose, combine with dry toffee and pasteurized yeast dustiness/staleness. Medium to medium-weak strength, with no alcohol apparent nor any hops, save for a light floral scent in the background. Chewy, chocolate graham crackers provide some very minimal relief from all of the dry, papery, hardness and it looks like I spoke to soon, as now I do get a whiff of alcohol (light).
Horribly fizzy, harsh carbonation delivers a nutty, woody, lightly oily flavor of dry chocolate, hay, light grains and some fleeting caramel sweetness. Acid of some sort, hangs about on the end, which in unison with the harsh texture and rather weak body, goes nowhere fast. Alcohol is mildly apparent again in the flavor. Some soft choco-caramel notes are the only saving grace. Some light meatiness and perhaps even some veggies on the end as well. Not terribly complex. Filtered, pasteurized, Olde Saratoga...what did you expect? Poured most down the drain.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (4536) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasted, nutty malt with hints of chocolate - quite nice. Medium body with carbonation coming out in the end fairly light and fizzy. Taste starts with all of the characteristics lighted in the aroma. The finish gets a bit of a stale taste and some spicy / woody hops. An okay brown ale, but nothing that blows me away.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 2, 2006
The aroma has a smokiness and roasted coffee . The pour is a deep brown with ruby hints and a light tan head of decent size. The flavor is overall roasted with a bit of chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1918) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Nice brew.... very reminiscent of a porter. The pour is not opaque, but the deepest ruby prune color imaginable. The head is tan, decent and leaves weblacing. The bouquet is of choco malts with some dark cherries and espresso intermingling. Flavors of cherries, smoke, roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee predominate. The finish is roasted. A syrupy mouthfeel rounds out the brew, and makes for a very nicely satiating offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
On tap at HDG. Deep dark brown in color with a little thin white head. Malty roasty aroma. Molasses nutty notes. Roasty malty flavor. Caramel roasty notes. Coffee like roast. Medium bodied. Finish is malty. Decent beer. Drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle. Not sure who I got it from but cheers! Aroma dark roasted malts and molasses. Poured a dark brown with a very thin head. Flavor was much of the roast to burnt malt, molasses and what I would describe as sarsaparilla like flavor. Palate was even with the style. Overall I’d have to say it was good brew under the advertising scheme.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2870) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Loose bottle from Sam’s, Downers Gove. There’s pretty rich dark roast malt smell when opened and poured. Deep brown body under a thin but stable head. Taste is a bit medicinal, but it may be an older bottle. Dark and nutty otherwise, with a bit of molasses, coffee and sassafrass. Hops seem to be mostly American, although at times this tastes a little like a Young’s Old Nick. For a gimmick beer, this has some decent chracter, and can account for itself as a pretty good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 20, 2006
This had a small head.Color black.aroma was a mild malty.Tasted a bit sour.good stout taste.Not strong like the other black beers.Easy to drink,but I was hoping for more flavor.Not bad.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Thanks to Fatty. Pours a translucent darker brown with some red when held to the light. Head was small light tan. Aroma of some spices, nut and very light hop? Not much really. Same with the flavor. This was a really weak beer with not a whole lot to say about it. Maybe this bottle went bad?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
swanmann (656) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Bottle pours a medium, light tan head. Aromas of coffee, similar to a porter. Rich, full, well balanced malty flavor of chocolate, with a really bright note lingering. Maybe a bit over-carbonated. At present I see I’m the highest rating on the page. Oy. I like it. So shoot me already.


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