punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown pour with some sediment. Aroma is roast, vegetal, and metallic with very subtle chocolate. The flavor adds some dark fruit and a little coffee on the finish. Medium, creamy body with moderate carbonation.
daknole (9044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a nice cream colored head. Lots of hot chocolate aroma with some coffee and molasses. Flavor has some lacto sweetness, molasses, chocolate and espresso notes. I agree that it has a charred flavor too...interesting.
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dense brown color with a thick and creamy latte colored head. First whiff of the nose is mocha - coffee, chocolate,mild - with some metallic and sulfuric medicinal notes... no doubt showing signs of oxidation and a slight infection (bottle is roughly 9 months old, unintentionally aged). Some fig, barkdust and cumin spices show up as it opens up, not sure if thatís something in the beer or due to tainting or a combination of both. Body is surprisingly rich and creamy with a chewy and savory texture, turning slightly lactic/acidic in the finish (again part of the tainting but not overwhelming). Hop presense is low, in fact most of the bitterness seems to come from a small amount of astringent roast. Overall quite good, I imagine fresh it could be really impressive but Iím going off of what I have in the bottle that seems to have held up better than I expected.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/19/09 from 22oz bottle. Aroma is hearty and sweet, dominated by dark dried fruit and molasses. Appearance is dark borwn with a medium maintaned cream colored head. Flavor is a very rich combination of blackberries, more molasses, light grill-like char and an earthy low noble bittering that blends with the roast. Itís full bodied, but never takes on the syrupy character of an old ale, keeping at the point where more than one pint isnít out of the question. Overall, a great brew that shows off what rich malt can do in the right hands without having to go "over the top" and taking 45 minutes to drink.
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice chocolate aroma. This is pretty nice. Chocolate, peaty, a nice sweetness that isnít too much. Quite nice
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle I picked up in Seattle. Pours a clear chestnut brown with a micro tan head. Sweet caramel malts, toffee, light roastness, cola. This is a little too sweet and syrupy for my liking. Long sticky finish.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bottleworks. Tasted blind with 14 others. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, a little oak and alcohol. Bitter with a little sweet. Nice hops flavor balanced with caramel. A bit too lively for me, though. Long bitter finish not consistent with the style.
Tmoney99 (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06.
Poured clear brown color with medium frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy, nut and toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.
Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.
My expectations where met.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Easily their best offering. Pours a reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma is sweet malt, some chocolate, toffee a little dark fruit. Very nice complex nose. Flavor was sweet but not cloying, alcohol was hidden well. There was some nice dark chocalate and fruit on the tongue., This was a really good beer.
marctacoma (35) - Fircrest, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a strange one, and Iíd bet itís going to be really divisive.
On tap @ Ale House:
Deep, dark amber - solid 1/2 inch head. Taste is unbelievably smooth and extraordinarily sweet. Not a ton of body underneath the sweetness... hints of cola at the margins.
Bottle, from Gravity:
Pours deep amber, decent head. Here, the sweetness isnít quite as pronounced, and the malt character that gives rise to the sweetness is more distinguishable. Ridiculously smooth, and if I didnít read here that the ABV was 7.8%, Iíd have bet good money it was under 5%. Cola, coffee and malt mix well, giving it a nice palate.
The key to this is that itís NOT a stout; if you go in looking for a craft brewed stout, you may be disappointed. I donít know what Iron Horse would say to this, but this is more akin to something between a brown ale and Portís íMidnight Sessionsí dark lager.