atomcow1 (18) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours with a generous tan head that lasts to the end. Very dark brown but not quite black in the glass. Aroma has a distinct chocolate character. Hops are apparent right away, and continue through the finish, with nice roasted malt characteristics to balance it out. Alcohol is well hidden. A nice brew, but not as "big" as I would have expected.
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Very dark ale (ruby when held up to bright light) with a small, creamy, light brown head. Chocolaty, fruity nose with earthy hops and mild alcohol. The flavor is not overly hot despite its youth and high alcohol content. Medium to heavily bitter in a metallic, mineral way. Not a lot of residual sweetness. Almost full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, grassy finish.
SpringsLicker (3115) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A direct pour yields a solid two-finger head of tan that sits solidly above a clear, deep dark brown body that shines ruby red with intense back lighting.
Rich, complex dark caramel and dried fruit aroma.
The flavor is mildly sweet with a smooth dry palate. Creamy and full bodied, with no hint as to the alcoholic content.
Very nice brew.