DarkElf (3014) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
07-Jul-13 (22-oz bottle)
I suppose I can excuse a single infection, though I really should never have to. But when three of the six bottles I buy from a brewery are infected, it really pisses me off and I’m going to voice my displeasure. The cap pops with normal carbonation rush and pours a dark-brown body with half an inch of tan head that fizzes away quickly to a thin ring. The nose is fully sour, smelling like wedges of granny smith apples that were dropped in a pile of dirt. Red apple skins, sour green apple flesh, and dirty dishwater in the entry, though a bit of sweeter, cola-like, dark malt does come out in the finish, hinting at what kind of beer this could have been. Light-medium weight, medium in carbonation, fairly acidic. Obviously this is undrinkable and a huge disappointment, even more so since I love sweet stouts.
maxwelldeux (2930) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose is toasty with some slight roasting to it. Taste is also somewhat roasty, though I got none of the sweeter elements the style would imply. Very smooth and pleasant drink, though.
mikedR (875) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is truly, as labeled, a dark, smooth ale. Pours with nary a head. Flavor is all malt, all the time, with absolutely no bitterness. Sweet, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is not thick, although not thin either. Just a really nice beer all the way around. Wouldn't mind seeing an imperial version of this puppy. A-
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khamis (1) - - MAY 18, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oaky, dark with a strong start, mellow swallow and slightly alcoholic finish. Goes great with heavy snacks.
jmprdood (37) - - APR 24, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slight hop and sweet - dark brown and opaque. Sweet malt, hop was lacking in my opinion. It appears to be bottle conditioned - though thoroughly chilled and gently poured I got tons of yeast floaties. Was expecting more than it delivered.
kastork (3) - Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild nose characterized by dark toasted grain. Dark brown and opaque. Extremely well balanced malt and toasted grain flavors, hopped just enough to counteract malty sweetness without overpowering. The vendor blurb is right -- very approachable.
Arthaey (12) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sweet and malty, with a slight bourbon-y taste. This is definitely jumping onto my "favorites" shortlist!
Leighton (9641) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Sander’s place, NYC. Pours deep brown with a creamy, tan head. Sweet dark malt nose, some milky cocoa. Medium sweet flavor, sugary milk cocoa, light alcohol, some berries. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, sugary malts, bread, some sweet chocolate. Simple but decent for the style.
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lactose city. Plenty of coffee and some sugar or agave syrup. A little papery birch bark, and a hiiiint of smokiness.
Blairgus (2363) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
28 dec 2012, bottle. Dark brown, mostly clear. Nose is rather thin, smells of fresh dark malt and oatmeal. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Some milk chocolate, a bit of oatmeal, a bit too carbonated, kind of effects the flavor. Okay. By the nose I thought I was going to be very disappointed.
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