jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours near black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some dough, and light notes of dark fruits. Flavor the same with a nice roasted malt and chocolate character, but the yeast or fruit note imparts something weird about this beer. Average to smooth texture. A pretty good beer, but just something a little off.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. Roasty, chocolate, and some coffee in the finish.
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a four finger khaki head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is almost sweet chocolate, higher ABV is hidden. Light bitter chocolate finish. 22oz bottle $6.99 from Market Basket Concord, NH.
pete4999 (1045) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, as pictured. Pours a nice deep dark brown/black. Taste is heavy on the chocolate with almost a little bit of smoke. Nice and deep flavor throughout...not light up front or on the finish. Another nice beer from Long Trail.
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
With this beerís name, I thought it would be appropriate to try this beer after entering a 200+ beer backlog. Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin frothy brown head. Fair head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, earth and a bit of green coffee notes. The taste is roasted malts, dark coffee, dark chocolate, mild earth, mild bitter hops, very faint vanilla and a bit of fruitiness. Medium bodied, low carbonation, slight lingering bitterness. Good beer.
thornecb (4402) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Dark chocolate aromas. Dry with sweet and dark chocolate upfront turning to espresso in the medium length finish.
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber->snifter. Deep brown with lite tan head. A: chocolate malt and coffee grinds. T; same, with some licorice and roasted malt. Balanced, with good depth.
WillRunForBeer (677) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head that falls quickly to the edges and clings. Aroma is coffee, dark malt, a touch of smoke. Flavor is bitter chocolate, licorice, coffee. Bitter, overextracted coffee in the finish.
dmac (4013) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber from Spirits Brick. Poured a good looking medium to thicker bodied mostly black body with a smaller thick foamy deep beige head. Aroma is nice, burnt marshmallow and vanilla, light chocolate, wet burnt toast, some dark fruit skins and light spice. Medium to slightly fuller bodied with slightly stronger carbonation, leaves a full mouthfeel with no hint of the high ABV, very smooth and drinkable. Flavor of dark malts, chocolate malted milk balls, toast, some darker berry and fruit skins, vanilla beans, hint of coffee and tea, touch of woodiness, some brownie batter. This is pretty darn good and damn 9.3% is scarily well hidden.
Bacterial (1555) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle picked up at Whole Foods in DC. Dark brown pour with a slight tan head and a bit of lacing. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. This is a massive porter - strong but deceptive. Flavorful but balanced. Quite nice.