brokensail (11613) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is dark brown in color, but nearing black, with a short lived tan head.
S: The roast is strong on this one. The pomegranate is just as powerful though and provides its trademark sweet/tart notes. I also seem to get a bit of bleach, unfortunately.
T: The combination of intense roast along with sweet and tart fruits seems a bit strange to me. The acidity and sourness that I’m getting could be from the pomegranate, but could also be from the roasted malts.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. Nothing really special either way.
D: This beer sounded like it could be very interesting, and I suppose it was interesting, it just wasn’t exactly my thing. I just don’t think the roastiness worked all that well with a fruit like pomegranate.
bhensonb (11534) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Josh. Pours really dark brown with a foamy 3-finger dark tan head. Aromas of creamy burnt malt. Medium body with creamy foamy carbonation. Flavor is berry, smooth burnt malt and a touch of something hoppy/spicey. Overall this is a very good flavor. I think the pomegranite is distinguishable after some time. A bit thin for an IS, but it is really very tasty.
jcwattsrugger (11233) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle @Noogfest4.0-thanks gunhaver–pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-coffee/roasty. Taste is rich dark malt-coffee/roasty/chocolate. Smooth, rich. Soft carbonation.
Tmoney99 (11100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured black color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted grain and chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium roasted sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Interesting complex beer.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: May 31, 2008
Source: Tasting, Noog Four-O
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: big roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate and lots of earthy hops
Body: thin and creamy body
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, dark caramel sweetness, touch of roasted for balance
Date: January 23, 2009
Source: summits woodstock
Score: 2.7 to 3.1
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: dark roasted aroma with lots of sweet fruity esters, upon warming it picks up a big woody and tart fruity cherry pit character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: strong roasted and dark chocolate flavor, lots of fruity esters add a strange but balancing sweetness, sweet licorice, develops a tartness to the fruity esters, oaky character comes in to meld with the tartness and add an earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Solan. Black and opague. Roast, licorice and a hint of pomegranate in the aroma. Sweetish, fruity, roasty, salty flavor with licorice. Medium to full bodied, smooth beer.
Ratman197 (10224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by aplusbreaks poured a clear dark brown with red highlights and a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of coffee, toffee, light fruittiness and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, light carmel and light pomegranate with a smooth bittersweet finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10145) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz. bottle received via trade with dchmela. Pours clear rubied black with a small, fizzy, light brown head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, burnt), light hops (herbs), average yeast (leather) with notes of tar, charcoal, soy sauce, licorice, and pomegranate. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.
Bov (9815) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of Chris Beers - dark black colour with a little dark beige foam; deep aroma of pralines, black chocolate and tar; fairly roasted; thick and oily mouthfeel; moderate carbonation and a robust sweetness; fair late bitterness before a chocolatey festival in the finish - a powerful dessert beer
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Decent retention. The bold, acrid aroma provides heaps of smoke, charcoal, espresso grounds and tart berries. Medium to full-bodied with ticklish carbonation. Sweet and acidic berries, bitter chocolate and charcoal malt. Burnt, tangy, drying finish.