Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to Mike for opening this! Poured deep brown with a short cap of tight beige head. The aroma was deep with dry-roasted dark chocolates upfront.. coffee grounds and dark fruit backed it up, leaving a rich, dark, and sexy impression. The flavor had drier dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit at the core.. more cocoa-like sugars on the back with dry coffee bitterness riding out the finish.. enjoyable, but a bit harsh at the finish. Heavier-bodied and drier on the palate with some rough, raw alcohol on the back.. nice roast to it. Very good beer.
CapFlu (4311) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Courtesy of Goldorak. Pours a thin, quick dissipating head atop an opaque deep brown body. Nose of a triple bock - so thick with malt, strong soy with a good cherry elixir in the finish. Great flavour off the top. Mixing of burnt chocolate syrup, coffee grounds and roasted marshmallow. Such a refreshing change from my current West Coast hop kick. Thanks Martin!
TaktikMTL (5494) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, achetée au Métro Joanette (Verdun, QC). Arôme: Odeur de chocolat au lait avec une pointe de café au caramel. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Arrière goût chocolaté. (Rating #1722)
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Deep, oily, chocolatey black. Slightly tarry aroma with vanilla, brown sugar and creme brulee like toasty sweetness. Cinnamon, chocolate, espresso, and a mite of lactic sugars. Dusty sweetness and distant mineral acridity in the flavor; clean bitterness. Cookie dough, deep fruitiness somewhat buried; wine-like characters seem spritzy and sharp. Pears. Syrupy, hot amaretto richness. Both warm and cool with a firmly carbonated texture and persistent alcohol touch; full bodied and dense; peppermint and gritty chocolatey sweetness before a drawn out, fragrant perfume finish. Refined to a degree. Thanks Dany!
argo0 (11163) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, thanks stine) Small beige head that completely disappears, atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate syrup, some roast, smoke. Taste is medium sweet, smoke, chocolate, some roast, light soy, alcohol. Medium-full body, sticky, low carbonation.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Stine. Dark brown/black with a medium sized tan head. Sweet chocolate nose with raisins, toffee, some alcohol and roast. The flavor is lightly sweet, very lightly bitter with lots of chocolate, raisins, alcohol, molasses and prunes. Full body is round with moderate carbonation.
kmweaver (3203) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of Stine. Thanks, Eben! Pours a dark, chocolate-brown color; light-tan head with mixed-bubbled lacing. Solid amounts of milk chocolate, nougat, and caramel in the aroma; creamy, chocolate-forward nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy chocolate, roasted malts, nougat and caramel upfront; some citrus acidity coming through, with a touch of warming alcohol (not much, but present); lots of chewiness and reasonably well-attenuated maltiness; solid stuff. Medium finish, showing lots of chocolate, nougat, and caramel. Good balance of sweet malts and a dry periphery.
jercraigs (7294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-05-17. Black body with a nice tan head that slowly fades. (3+) Aroma is fairly modest, a good amount of roast is dominant but not bombastic, muted sweet malt and light fruit touches. (7+) Sweet smooth malt base, mild roast hints, very mild fruit blends with sugar notes. Smooth medium palate. (3+) Quite nice. At Rudolf’s, shared by Blankboy
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at the May 2008 tasting. Thanks Paul! Very dark brown, tan head. Nose is big cocoa, coffee, milky malt, slight iodine. Flavor is chocolate, honey, rich malt, cocoa, a hint of hops, alcohol.
puzzl (3231) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Glouglouburp. Big, bitter, chocolate and burnt espresso aroma. Flavor start very chocolately, milky in the middle, with a very lactic-sweet finish. A great beer.