3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is faint cocoa and roast and inky char. Burnt plum / cola-flavored cara malt, light touches of smoky solvent. Medium body, medium sweetness. Chalky and dusty and ashy, fine carbonation with mouth-filling froth before an empty bitter finish of cocoa powder and roast. Definitely a quiet one. Not terrible and the body is decent. Just kind of pointless. From bottle.
Ratman197 (9030) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Kettle and Stone poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, bakers cocoa and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, bakers cocoa and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 Bottle.
Head is initially small, mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate syrup), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Looks like this batch is slightly improved in the drinkability department compared to the draft sample I had in August (which was a 2.7 for me). Not quite as syrupy sweet, a bit more bitterness in the finish now. Better mouthfeel for sure. The aroma is still very simple, but I don’t notice any flaws. Overall a simple but serviceable rendition.