tomciccateri (977) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at Aces & Ales. Full body, slightly heavy. Chocolate and roasted and blak malt flavors. Opaque black with no head. Subdued alcohol. clean and tasty.
0o9i (437) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black body, small brown head even with a vigorous pour, turns to a ring, no lace, disappears. Sour, smoky, burnt aroma of chocolate, molasses, stale coffee grounds. Body is full, a touch oily, almost flat, almost watery, fairly dry. Flavor is not sweet, baker’s chocolate, blackened barley, coffee notes, molasses. The aftertaste is long, moderately bitter, a touch sour, and a continuation of the flavor with some pine. Alcohol comes out harshly as it warms, but veiled. Flavor is bold, but unflattering, bitter and dark yet simple and chalky. Nothing to write home about.
Fratto (2503) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is a little sour and chocoate. The taste is also soured chocolate.
Cavie (3630) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear dark brown red pour. Aroma is tart and watery with some dark malts. Flavor is tart and roasted malts. Slightly watery. This is one of the worst choices to end the night but….it is finished!
drowland (5888) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1/10/11. 12oz bottle courtesy Cavie! Opaque black with no head at all. Sour soy saucey aroma with a hint of dark chocolate. Sour apple flavor up front with chocolate in the middle and a lingering roasted coffee hint. Not impressive.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, 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 (440) - 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 (6967) - 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 (6532) - 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.