PhillyCraft (4765) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Matts. Pour is pretty much black with a nice brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is very smokey and grainy, notes of chocolate, almond, coffee. Taste is the same with more dark fruit presence along with sour from the cabernet. Lightly carb’s and smooth as can be. Cant decide is this or the utopia version was better. Too close.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark black with a thin ring of frothy chocolate head. The head fades fairly quickly with nice lacing
S - Aroma is full of smoke and burnt chocolate malts. The red wine barrel comes though with some oak and a touch of rye.
T - Starts off with lots of smoke, deep roasted bitter chocolate, and some of the red wine barrel flavor. Through the middle some more oak comes through with some dark fruit, a bit of bacon, and some vanilla. The finish is a mix of smoke, burnt malts, red wine, oak, and touch of tannin.
M - Medium-plus bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth with a big smokey warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. The smoke is super strong here, but there are so many other bold flavors that it all works nicely together. The barrel also adds a nice dimension.
hirigalzkar (2677) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a big head. The aroma has got notes of smoke, chocoalte and red berries, Taste is quite vinous, with notes of red berries and smoke. Smooth creamy and big bodied. Great mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden. Elegant beer!
finol (2721) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great balances beer with big smooth and elegant body. Lightly smoked and light tartness, licorice and red berries.
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a solid black with a tan head. Aroma of smoke and wood. Flavour of red wine, smoke., oak, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and well-balanced.
mcberko (11209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle, sent from gn0sis (thanks Eric!), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked malts, dark fruits and dry red wine - dominated by the smoke though. Flavour of smoked / burnt malts upfront, candied dark fruits, red wine / dry vinous characteristics and oak barrels. Finishes semi-sweet, oaky and smokey. Very full-bodied and wonderfully balanced. Excellent.
sloth (2719) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sized tan head with fair retention and some spotty lace. Black in color. Nose is smokey, roasty with an ever so faint hint of wood. smoke dominating. Body is medium, velvetty on the palate, coating and oily, lil chewy also. Smoke rules in the flavor dept. along with roast and some dark fruits. Maybe a hint of lumber shining through the smoke screen. Nice smokey, woody finish.ABV well hidden. Props to jleblanc for the bottle.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to beerchugger for sharing this. Pours black with a black tinge and a little tan halo of bubbles. Smell: smoke, coffee, leather and charred wood.
Taste of smoke and charred oak are extreme and overpowering with a hint of leather. Mouthfeel is medium thick and the finish is bitter with smoke and dark roasted smoke with a touch of smokey smoke in the smokey finish!
callmemickey (3989) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Consumed January 2011.
A: Black body with a medium sized khaki cap. Nice spotty lacing.
S: Mellow. Smoked, roasted, and charred malts. Some oak and dark, vinous fruits.
T: Similar to the nose, there is quite a bit of smoky roasted malts. The barrels do a bit more here to contribute some complexity and depth of flavor. Dark fruits, oak, chocolate, coffee, and all the malts.
M: Mellow, medium bodied. Smooth throughout with light carbonation. Clean finish.
D: Quite pleasant. The best of the Fear and Trembling series.
fbm115 (186) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
popped this the other day into HFS globe. pours just about black with a medium sized brown cap. smells rich with smoke and bacon. roasty but not too charred light vinous notes and hints of oak. the taste is rich with roast and smoke, though both are smooth and in harmony. not too much bacon as the nose insisted. vinous notes and hints of oak in the finish. a light bitter bite to even out. rich overall taste with smooth flavors. the feel is velvety smooth medium/full body with moderate carbonation lending creaminess. overall highly enjoyable