nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark brown, nearly black, with a one finger tan head. The aroma is nice, very chocolatey with roast and coffee notes. The flavor is also great, with lots of chocolate without too much sweetness, coffee, roast, and nuts. Medium-bodied with a somewhat smooth mouthfeel. One of the better beers I’ve had from Iron Hill in recent memories - this is legit.
desurfer (1188) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Newark. Opaque black body with no head. Roasty coffee aroma. Strong carbonation, chocolate, and alcohol dominate the flavor. Good stuff.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Newark brewpub. Poured a dense cola black color with a two finger tan head. The aroma was deep roasted malts with coffee and smokiness. Flavor was roast malt, chocolate, coffee, nutty and lightly smokey. A mild bittering hoppiness came through in the finish. Medium bodied and rather light on the palate.
eaglefan538 (2815) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On nitro at the Newark location. The pour was deep dark black, nice choco colored cascading head. The aroma was dry cocoa, licorice, and smokey roasty, dry fruits. Flavor was chocolate, coffee, cocoa, licorice, smokey, faint chalk, dry dark fruits in the finish, a touch dry (faint acidity) in the finish. Mouthfeel was full, nicely done.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Nitro @ Newark] Opaque black with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, and burnt wood. Taste of dark chocolate, roast, coffee, smoke, and light alcohol in the finish.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
20100830 Nitrogen tap at Newark. It took the bartender two glasses to get one beer out of this as she battled copious foam, however the end result was a lovely pour of darkest brown beer beneath gobs of cascading brown froth. Aroma is interestingly beany and sweet, almost like a stouty fudge, with mild peaty hops, prune, and some coffee. Actually reminds me quite a bit of perkunos and I’m wondering if maybe I should call this one a Baltic rather than FXS...? Sticky sweet on the palate but not at all cloying, good backbone of earthy grain and hops, very low bitterness. Pretty lithe across the palate, too, despite the nitro pour. Not usually my favored style, but seems nicely executed.