hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler… This beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a tiny, creamy, khaki head with no staying power. The nose is a mélange of dark chocolate, bourbon, a hint of red wine, sour cherries and a faint nutty component. Full-bodied and oily with faint carbonation. The flavor is a swirl of sour cherries and burnt chocolate The acidic component is dominant here. Finishes tart, mildly burnt and moderately bitter. Thanks so much to darkguardian for sharing yet another world class beer with the south Florida crew!
Pawola22 (3093) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a black colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is big tart cherries, some chocolate, oak, funky and sour Brett, a hint of bourbon, and some roast. As this warms, the tartness remains big, but the chocolate and roast really come out nicely. Flavor is similar. Lots of tart cherries and funk up front with a nice oak and chocolate in the middle. A nice bourbon presence with a light roast towards the end as this finishes dry with lots of tart cherries, oak, and a nice dark chocolate. Again, the chocolate and roasts really come out nicely as this warms. Lengthy aftertaste with a light to moderate bitterness and a bit of a sour pucker lingers. Medium-light body and a slightly lively, light tickle of carbonation. Overall, an awesome sour barrel aged impy. Tons of tart cherries with a nice funk, wood, light bourbon, and solid chocolate and roast notes that really come out nicely as this warms. Very impressed with this one.
JStax (1669) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured on draft. Pretty much an inky black with a dark brown head of foam. Aroma is primarily boozy bourbon with an accentuation on sour cherries and chocolate.The wild yeast plays nicely off the cherries in this giving it an interesting feel. The bourbon and cherries are the predominant flavors in the taste but they give way to a wonderful tart finish. This would make for a pretty cool dessert if it were made. Bourbon glazed sour cherries drizzled with melted chocolate. This one is probably my favorite of the first two Dark Robustics.
Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark dark brown with a deep tan head that goes away quickly. Aroma is so complex there is deep fruit and there is alcohol but comes through with bourbon and woody notes. Flavor is so complex, this beer is awesome, deep rich malt with complex fruits and earthy woody and it’s Bretty and funky and jut a great beer overall I love everything that is going on with this beer!
adamjackson (1229) - Canaan, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Identical in appearance to #2 except a little more head and carbonation on glass edges
figs and cherries. Dry grape tannins. Bourbons
Wow. Excellent level of tannins. More akin to a very dry an sweet Cabernet Sauvignon. Nice level of bourbon. Away dark cherries. Tart wild finish
50% carbonation. Medium body.
Dogbrick (6014) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at Jackie O’s as part of Ohio Brew Week. The beer pours black with a bit of ruby around the edges and a thin light beige head that diminishes quickly. Minimal lacing noted. The aroma consists of tart cherries and roasted malt. Full-bodied with a moderately sour cherry character and notes of chocolate malt and a bit of oak. The finish is fruity with a tart cherry aftertaste. Enjoyable beer all around.
alexsdad06 (3040) - Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Jackie O’s. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small fine beige head. The aroma is chocolate, barrel notes, dark cherry that is both sweet and tart with some acidity and wild character. The flavor has dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, black cherry, tart, red wine, acidity; with everything working together nicely. No bottle share allowed me to enjoy more of these solid offerings than I did in the past.
Tmoney99 (8775) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, chocolate, cherry and wood alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt, nutty and dark sweet fruit flavor with a heavy dark cherry sweet & sour and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
madvike (2077) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub - Pours dark cola with a thin tan ring of head. Nose is red wine, cherries, and light roasty malt. Cherries dominate the taste, with chocolate notes and finishing with brown sugar and a long, chocolatey red wine flavors. Real smooth on the palate, with gentle, creamy carbonation. Fantastic.
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Wally for the growler! Pours a deep dark chocolate color with essentially no head. Chocolate, vanilla and a hint of cherry sourness on the nose. Light oak. Great bourbon barrel profile. The taste is a delicious blend of vanilla, grapes, cherries, figs and cocoa. Soured red wine tannins towards the finish. Body is smooth and creamy with light carbonation and light sourness throughout. Touch of booze on the finish. Nice weight to the body. Overall, this is a pretty awesome beer. I love the barrel aging and the sour red wine notes. Goes down easy.