rumproasts (4189) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
can. Near black with one finger head. Lots of roasted malt in this one. Smooth and surprisingly light bodied.
Bulk_Carrier (2781) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes. Consumed June 2013.
The appearance had a jet black body with a one finger foamy off white head that hangs around for a good two minutes before slowly dieing, clingy lacing.
The smell had chocolate malts, roasty, and coffee-like flavoring.
The taste was mainly sweet and roasty through the chocolates and malts, but the coffee flavorings help balance a bit.
The palate was about a light to medium, sessionable, smooth and creamy.
Overall, I do like this beer, but I don’t think its an American Black Ale - too roasty and bitter coffee with chocolate and no hops that makes me think its more of a Porter or perhaps Stout, but I would have this again.
hotstuff (4408) - Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rated on 10-01-2010. This canned beer pours a medium sized very fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates, mostly opaque black body, lively, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt as is the flavor The palate is tangy and this beer is light-medium bodied. This beer lacks character and is very bland tasting. This is a beer I do not recommend.
koleminer20 (1038) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draft at Dan’s on January 24. The pour is a darker brown, with a lot of ruby around the edges. There is no head to be found, and as such, no lace exists. The aroma s really light. There is a little bit of maltiness present, but it’s really thin. The taste is quite dull. Some malts are detected, but there isn’t anything else. The mouth feel is extraordinarily thin and watery, with flavors not hanging out at all.
blackflag321 (565) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour from can. Cola-brown. Aroma-sweet, molasses. Taste- malty, a bit watery.
cbfobes (2731) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at The Looking Glass, pours black with an off white head, the aroma is pretty meh, a little bit of roast and chocolate, but that’s stretching, the flavor is sweet with some caramel and malt in the finish, meh.
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
FROM NOTES: July 11, ’12
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.
A: Very malty with distinct sweet bread notes. It has an interesting slightly tart cherry sort of acidity that melds with astringent roasted malts.
A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a frothy light tan head that has great lacing. In the glass, it reminds me of a porter....
T: Sweet malt, chocolate, tea with some very roasty malt flavors and hints of a tart cherry flavor.
P: On the light side of medium bodied, slightly watery and a very smooth finish.
O: Not a great Black Ale, but not a terrible one. Worth the try, but I won’t kill to get it.
StoutDr (46) - Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2013
2.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Red Robin in Ann Arbor, Mich. No aroma???? Light coffee color. Very weak mouthfeel. Tinny, toasted malt. Easy to drink but nothing special.
commonmac (698) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2013
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Can at Psycho Suzi’s. Black ale that basically fails all around. Described as what a typical homebrew tastes like except instead of it coming from a basement it actually was produced at a brewery. Sad. Bitter, coffee undertones as expected but just a very flat overall flavor. Not recommended. Ironically this black ale is the one who’s dead leaving all other black ales as the true widows.
bytemesis (4749) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Pours deep mahogany, medium creamy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is honey, grain, roast, cardboard. Flavor is the same, light to medium sweet, little bitterness, some dark sugars, molasses. Light body, high carbonation.