drywallman (351) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one was on tap at Ethel’s on 250 in Bayfield, WI. It arrived with just a little lacing and was very black as expected. It had a moderate malt body which the molasses may have augmented. Hops were not noticeable as expected, but balanced the malt nonetheless, since the brew was not overly sweet. it was deceptively smooth, and a hit with my wife who drinks porters and stouts almost exclusively.
nuplastikk (5371) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can. Deep brown-black with a beige head. Mellow dark malt aroma. Medium bodied. Sweet burnt chocolate notes, and a mild earthy hop balance. There is a smooth maple syrup taste as well. Pretty good stuff.
Onslow (1318) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 12 oz can0 . Yep - it is black all right. As black as a U.P. mine with the lights out. Aroma of roasted malt with a few cheesey overtones. By no means a light beer, but the body and palate are surprisinly light considering the black appearance. I expected something thick and stouty, and this is more like a medium porter. Very quaffable a refreshing, while still full bodied and tasty. Lively carbonation. Flavor is domingated by the roasted malts - not too sweet with a rich and complex toasted malt flavor. Just a hint of hops makes the finish pleasnatly bitter and clean. Not a complex beer but certainly an excellent one.
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can… Pours dark and sits black in my glass with a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. The nose is roasted and a touch lactic. Medium-bodied with busy carbonation. The flavor is well-balanced, but bland and uninteresting with light acidity. Crisp, mildly tangy finish.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz can acquired in a trade. Poured a dark brownish black colour with a small light brown head. Aroma is semi sweet, dark roasted malts, brown sugar and coffee beans. Taste is pleasent, but very light on the palate. Initially taste is slightly metallicy, withhlavors of black licorice and smoke.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Little sour aroma, some toasted grain. very dark mocha brown, sticky tan head. dry, flat, fleeting. empty experience from a can too old.
riversideAK (5938) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted nutty aroma hint of vanilla sweetness. Dark brown pour fleeting tannish foam islands. Roasty and nutty, dry with an earthy hop character. Smooth and easy to drink light lingering bitterness. Decent.
bvc (1208) - Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz can, thanks scrizzz. Cola brown with loose off white head. Nose is roasted nut, malt, coffee and some sweet vegital notes. Flavor is light nut, sweet roasted malt, metallic and stewed veggies. Not overly offensive just not very clean or well put together.
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz can. thanks clint! pours a nearly opaque black with rubied edges. no head or lace. mild coffee and campfire nose, but you kind of have to work to find it. creamy medium body, goes a little bit watery in places. some coffee and roast on the mid palate, but very subdued. mild roasty finish.
Tmoney99 (12743) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
MBG Winterfest 2010. Poured dark brown with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Average for style brew.