Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 Re-rate (12/19/2012): 12oz bottle from danzarrella, thanks Dan! Pours a black body with a thin, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid lacing. Aroma is sweeter chocolates, molasses, and caramels with a solid roast backing. A bit ashy, prune dark fruits, and some tobacco. Flavor is similar. Sweeter malts up front with molasses, caramel, and dark chocolates. Prune dark fruits in the middle before some ashy roasts and tobacco come in and help dry this out with a medium bitterness and a light cloying sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a chewy, medium-full body and a light carbonation. Overall, I’m bumping this up a point because the body is much better than I remember, but its still not impressing me. Not bad at all, but pretty simple (7,3,7,3,12=3.2).
Original Rating (1/14/2011): 12oz bottle from jtortorice, thanks Josh! Pours a black body with a wisp of a brown head that dissipates immediately and leaves a light lacing on the glass. Aroma is big on the sweet malts with lots of molasses, chocolate, and caramel. A light roast behind the fat malts and barely a hint of prune. Flavor is similar, although the body seems a bit thin and watery despite the bigger malts. More sweet molasses, chocolate, and caramel up front with a bit more of a distinct roast coming in to balance. A touch of prune as well as a very light hop backing accompanies a slightly growing roastiness that finishes smooth and slowly dries with a light bitterness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a chewy, full tasting, but thin, watery feeling body and a very light, silky carbonation. Overall, a decent tasting beer, but the body really threw it off for me. Not bad, but unexciting (7,3,7,2,12=3.1).
delnoche (433) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12fl oz bottle poured into a pint shaker. Dark brown, almost black with a fair amount of frothy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and alcohol. Flavor is basically the same with alcohol in the forefront. Finish is bitter with lasting alcohol.
Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured deeper brown with a short-lived cap of dark tan head.. a little lacing followed it down. The aroma was very buttery upfront with notes of chocolate, roasted black patent, a little molasses, and a hint of metallic sourness.. somewhat muddled. The flavor found more of the black patent and less of the chocolate, all with moderate roast.. coffee sweetness joined on the middle and left a little bitter roast on the back-end.. sweet again at the end. Medium-bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. an OK beer all around, but nothing to make me want to go back for more.
bb (6480) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan colored head. Chocolate and malt aroma. Chocolate and malt flavor with light licorice. Medium bodied. Chocolate and light licorice lingers with malt and backing hops.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Pours a good purple black with a thin tan head. The head leaves quickly, but laces okay. Aroma is coccoa, roast, bitter coffee, and hint of vanilla. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is good. Nice soft bitterness. Good coffee and blended well. Hides the alcohol nicely. Has a medium body. The texture is slick. Has a decent finish the aftertaste is good. Seems a touch on the flat side but not bad.
BOLTZ7555 (2603) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ebony pour with sparkling deep mahogany edges and a creamy khaki head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt, licorice, and vanilla. Simlar flavor ith a bit of coffee bitterness. Silky mouthfeel. Pretty good.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000). Pours a black with tan head. Aroma of rich dark roasted grain and espresso. Flavor of dark roasted grain with nice coffee bitterness. Mouth feel is heavy but very watery with low-medium carbonation. Overall, not half bad.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BLACK! Very pleasent coffeeishness and bitterness! Also a bit of warm alcohol, chocolate, and licorice... yummy!
thirdeye11 (5343) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle thanks to Mora2000) clear very deep brown, very few tan bubbles. Nose of coffee, molasses and ginger. Taste of old coffee, biter chocolate, cocoa with a smooth bitter finish and low carbonation.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, light burnt notes, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, some burnt bread, nuts, light citrus, and caramel.