keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by April 29, 2014.
Appearance: The body seems opaque but under a bright light some garnet hues appear around all but the center. The body appears murky, but a nice color. The head is short and khaki, poor retention. It settles to a thin, but full, coating with a creamy ring.
Aroma: The aroma leans a little sweet with bittersweet chocolate and a slightly herbal quality. Licorice shows through, but doesn’t dominate. The aroma is pleasant with good strength.
Taste: The flavor is a nice blend of chocolate and hints of bitterness with a slight licorice and roasted finish. No real rye is showing, perhaps a touch on the base, but this is mostly chocolate and licorice.
Palate: Soft bodied, a bit flat tasting.
Overall: This is a decent rye stout, but the licorice throws it off a bit for me. I also feel like this is a bit muddy in flavor, no real stand out flavors. This drinks nicely though, I just wouldn’t buy it again.
kathouse (1233) - Nevada, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown with only a hint of foam. Spicy aroma of rye but there’s some noticeable chocolate and citrus too. Medium bodied. Chocolate and toasted malts allow the hop to balance and the rye to add complexity.
rougeau13 (2176) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a tan head and light lacing. Aroma of roast, rye, earth, and chocolate. Taste is rich with some rye spice and moderate sweet and bitter flavors. Creamy, medium bodied, with soft carbonation. Pretty good.
closey22 (1174) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with ruby hilites and rimming tan head; aroma is slightly chocolatey, slightly roasty; flava is roasty, hints of chocolate and grainy spice; feels light with moderate fizz; finishes roasty dry and grainy/rye notes
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hel del chocklad i aromen, lite kokos sötma?! Bra balans i kropp och smak. Lite rostade toner va.
berkshirejohn (5090) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Georgio’s, Billerica, MA. A black pour with a ring of cream froth; chocolate and coffee aromas; thinly bodied, with a sourness from the rye and a chocolate taste with a touch of licorice; then a dry peppery finish. Pleasant stuff.
Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at home. Black beer with an offwhite not lasting head. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, malty aroma. Similar flavour but feels a bit thin.
Dazz3 (1589) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours black with a huge brown head. Smells salty, licorice, roasted malt. Tastes dark coffee, roasted malt, a bit sweet bread malty with a slight roasted malt bitter finish.
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at World of Beer Easton. Dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of roast, spicy rye and strange botanical/fruity character. Flavor is pretty much the same with a nice roasty/spicy rye front and weird botanical/fruity finish.
fr5ed (59) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear mahogany-brown-black with a dark khaki head. Aroma - sweet/dark chocolate, dark toast, coffee/espresso. Taste - touch of sweetness, not very bitter, coffee/dark toast/dark chocolate. Slightly heavy mouthfeel, though not like an imperial stout. Like a robust porter. Very, very nice. Definitely recommended.