tillmac62 (240) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BBD 4/29/14. Black pour with a reasonable head and lacing. Light nose of roast and chocolate, somewhat less than a typical porter, although this is a black ale. Almost medium body coupled with an almost slick mouthfeel. Normal carbonation. The flavor profile is complex, interesting and quite nice. Roast and chocolate comprise the forefront against a slight malt sweetness. This is followed by a burst of light bitterness against a slight rye spiciness and smoke. Smooth finish that is accentuated by the rye spiciness and a slight lingering bitterness. My first Left Hand offering, and it is outstanding.
dfinney23 (1772) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Earthy coffee aroma. Taste adds anise and peppery spice with a rye bread finish.
mikeyo1 (259) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Dark brown color and a tiny beige head, Aromas are mild but complex of dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, rye, roasted coffee . Some oak, dark bread, vanilla and dark sugars. Full bodied with smooth delicate carbonation. Taste is sweet initially, and roasted with lots of dark fruits, rye, dark chocolate, espresso, some citrus. Aftertaste is dry with wood, rye and a significant almost salty bitterness of grape and chocolate. The bitterness stays long and finishes harsh lemon-like, sour and dry.
minihame2 (207) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 18, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black body, small tan head. Aroma is weak, I can’t really pick up anything. Taste is also weak. There’s a hint of maltiness but that’s about it. Mouthfeel is a little bit oily and there is very little carbonation. It’s a beer alright but there’s not much else to it.
Jerm719 (117) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of roasted malts. Dark cacao, oak, espresso beans. Spicy nut bread. Pacific hops. Great balance. Medium finish
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Brown black pour from a bottle with a medium khaki head. Nose is dark roasted malt domination with some coffee and lots of earthiness. Taste is a nice mix up front of dark malt, hop, some rye, into a sweet coffee hazelnut finish.
7stern (410) - Bromma, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, medium head. Fudge aroma. Vanilla and chocolate taste. Rather sweet and rather thin.
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks pretty, slight smell of chocolate. I don’t love this beer, but I could drink another if needed.
sonnycheeba (3686) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewery. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, rye, chocolate, raisins, earthy notes, and faint ash. Flavor is dry roast malts forward, dark chocolate bitterness, espresso, ash, and faint dark fruit esters; dry ashy finish. Medium body and carbonation.
snoworsummer (2332) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours black with a thin, fizzy beige head. Tastes like creamy, sweet cinnamon and cocoa, with a light pepper spice. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet cocoa, brown sugar, and cream.