muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Still dark, almost opaque maple syrup, touch of bubble action with a small off-white lasting head and hint of lace...big malty-caramel nose with notes of raisin and nice dark roastiness...body filled with burnt grain, sweet dark caramel, touches of maple and tobacco.
Oakes (13539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cherryish chestnut colour with a quicky dissipating head. Toasty, nutty aroma but hints at some unpleasantness. Malty palate with earthy-toffeeish flavours. Thin and thick at the same time- lots of unfermented sugars but maybe not enough lagering time to bring them all together into a cohesive unit. Hint of nuttiness. Sweet, earthy finish. Good, but not great example of Czech tmavy.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown with a quick head. Aromas of malt, nutiness, sweet. The taste is straightforward but drinkable nonetheless with notes of malt and caramel with a mild carbonation and mild to medium sweetness throughout.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sharp vinous aroma, some astringence, sugary aromas. Pours an opaque brown, thin head. Overall I found this very bland. Very little punch or flavour of any kind. Overrated.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep reddish colour with frothy beige head. Aroma has some sweetness with hints of caramel. Flavor is nutty with a slight sweetness and hints of caramel. Nice thick palate.
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one pours a clear, dark, mahogany with a good head. There’s a bit of sulfur in the nose underneath the dark malts and a bit of nuttiness. In the flavor, it’s cocoa powder, raisins and brown sugar. The flavor is kind of dusty or powdery, but I’m not sure quite how to describe it. It’s ok but nothing special.
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smooth to drink, but the smell is of burnt caramel. Color very nice, deep red. Virtually no head or carbonation. Initial flavor is the burnt caramel, but smooths in time. Lingering flavor that is very nice on the tongue.
Not a good heavy drinking beer but interesting for a change. Probably won’t buy again.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark maroon color with a big beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and a little hops. Flavors of toffee and notes of roast and chocolate. Very drinkable.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish- brown with sweet malty aromas with notes of toffee and dark fruit. Substantial blend of roasted malts with hints of cocoa and coffee. Starts with a silky sweet texture then dries nicely in the end. A great beer to have with dessert. Worth getting again.
IHCNavistar (93) - Orinda, California, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma is of hops, malt, sweet fruit, a little banana, and a little brown sugar. Pours a caramel color, similar to Coca-Cola. Head is a light tan color, while remaining extreamely thin and disappearing rapidy. Flavor is not very hoppy at the start, with coffe / toffee notes with a slight bit of hops warming up towards the end, kind of like a pilsner. Carbonation is not too flat, but not strong, with a small bite. Repeat buy.