AmEricanbrew (6566) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a frothy light brown head. Nice blackened malt, sweet dark pit fruit aromas. Medium body with a frothy mouthfeel. Deep roasty black malt flavor with sweet prune pit fruits to balance. Simple, but very good.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Bottle] shared at Skyview’s Lex/Larp Cellars Farewell. Pours black with a large tan head. Aroma is harsh roasted malts, tar, and fusel alcohols. Flavor is really harsh, with lots of asphalt, charcoal, and bitter chocolate. Astringent mouthfeel.
riversideAK (5936) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice nose of roasted and burnt malts, some sweet bourbon notes are extremely light but can be picked up when it warms. Bitter chocolate too perhaps. Pours almost black with a really nice meringue brown head that sits atop the beer for ever. Lots of roast and coffee notes in the initial flavors. Earth and burnt malts follow along with some underlying sweetness that is somewhat like vanilla from the touch of barrel aging. Lots of dry earthy roast and bitterness lingers in the finish. Nice enjoyable sipper.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at nearbeer’s Spring Cleansin’. Pours black with amber edges and a tan head. The aroma is African coffee, raisin, bitter chocolate, and some alcohol. Flavor is dry coffee, wood, lots of ash, a bit of black cherry, and a bit of a roasty sourness. A little over-rated, but still quite good.
nearbeer (4470) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber shared by tronraner. Opaque black with a lasting head. Aroma of coffee, oats, chocolate, caramel, berry and cookie dough. Flavors of coffee, caramel, cocoa and char. Heavy body is smooth and roasty-dry.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer’s Spring Cleansin’. Sample from a bottle thanks to tronraner. Finger of dark tan head, nice lacing. Chocolate, big roasty malt aroma. Taste is burnt malt, chocolate, with a light soy sauce and alcohol finish.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black, dark than head that laces well. Nose is deep and dark, lots of coffee and burnt oats. Good full taste attack to finish. very nice stout.
boFNjackson (4195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Vintage 2008] Tap @ Barleywine and Big Beer Fest... Poured black with a thin head. A lot of coffee and mocha flavors as it finished with a malt and dry hop bitterness.
Skyview (5411) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 22-oz bomber from liquid solutions in Oregon. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates to a fine film and no ring. Aroma of dark molasses, rum, a hint of raisins, dark chocolate, vanilla and even a touch of licorice. Taste is full bodied, with flavors of dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and a hint of pine. Finish has a slight metallic texture with some black licorice and dark chocolate aftertaste. Some alcohol warmth comes out after the finish.
badgerben (4721) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2009
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Courtesy of Skyview. Black color with a large head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, wintergreen and a bit of chocolate. Not a kosher taste... asphalt, hair gel, green pepper and charcoal. Reminded more than one of us of Footbalm’s Mikkeller Black rating.