nramsburg (256) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a deep nearly black color. Medium sized tan head. Smells of candied cherries and chocolate.
Tastes quite malty, the dark candied fruit flavor comes through. Medium sized body, roughly the viscosity of richly brewed coffee. Definitely has notes of coffee as well.
Smooth finish, lingering sweetness. Solid beer.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. My bottle was labeled as 7% ABV, not 7.5%. Aroma of roasted coffee and sweet toffee. Brown colored body, small tan head. The flavor has lots going on, but primarily coffee, malt, caramel, and chocolate. Somewhat sweet finish. Quite tasty and interesting. More of a brown ale than an amber.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malts, hops, and spices. Poured brown in color with a small, dense, tan head the diminished but lasted on the edges. Hazy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is light sweet and very strange. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, hops, slight berries, chocolate, caramel, light smoke, and sugar. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, chocolate finish. A real jumble of flavors.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
20081217 22oz bottle. Well, fine, I did not want to be the first to rate this so I held out for a few days but I cannot wait any more. Deep brown color with small but lingering tan head and little lacing. Aroma has roasted notes of old coffee, dark toast, and wet, leafy earth. Body is medium with a mild tingling eff on the back of the palate. Flavor is at first a nice dose of coffee and molasses balance of bittersweet, then evolves on the back and late palate with a resinous, pithy hop bite. Lightly vegetal. Some evidence of higher alcohol shows mostly at the finish. It is a busy beer. Not bad, but not quite interesting.