iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, no date for $2.49 at Bottle Barn. Clear dark brown with a two finger light beige head. Piney hops, roasted malts and light soy sauce with a good amount of chocolate behind. With all the goodness, I can’t help but notice a hint of garbage juice. The flavor is a good deal amount more roasty, with very little burnt or ashy notes. Not as much pine is noted, though there is some more chocolate, as well as soy sauce. The finish is semi-dry with some alcohol noted, bitterness at a 5. Full smooth body with light prickly carbonation. Pretty good beer, garbage juice aside (which did eventually leave after about 7 minutes--also, some light coconut showed up after that).
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of gillard. Pours a brown to black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of coffee, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, some hints of nuts and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, ripe dark fruit, caramel, roast, some hints of coffee grounds. Generally medium body with a light roast finish.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, thick tan head. Clean slight roast, nutty aroma. Straightforward taste, slight roast again, some alcohol. Not too exciting.
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Belmont Party.
Poured dark clear brown color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt and light hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.
Very good brew that I would recommend to a freind.
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Out of the bottle, it pours very dark brown and forms a large beige head that fades quickly. The nose is fruity, roasted, with dark chocolate and a touch of asphalt. Flavor is bitter and roasted with some dark chocolate and coffee. Medium body. It has its moments but the harshness and astringency really detract. Overall 3.1
Rerate - The third bottle of the four pack. Seems to have mellowed out. Really not harsh at all, while retaining some bitterness. The asphalt component is gone as well making for a pretty good beer. Overall 3.5.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint – Eastside Club Tavern – Olympia, WA
Aroma: Sweet malt aroma with lots of fruity esters.
Appearance: Dark brown in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Big malt sweet flavor. Lots of fruity flavors along with the strong alcohol in the taste.
Palate: Dry Strong finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: Strong beer with lots of fruity flavors. Good for a late night beer to put you to sleep.
jcr (2554) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep brown body with a tall, tan, mostly lasting head. Very inviting. The light aroma is roasty with notes of burnt malts and chocolate. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet, moderately bitter and moderately acidic. Full body with a chewy texture. The hops are much more evident in the flavor than in the aroma being both bitter and leaving a citrusy taste. This is not a complex beer, but it is tasty enough. It drinks more like a hopped-up stout than an American strong ale.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: Pours with a black core and deepish brown highlight. A nice, thin mocha head caps the nice appearance. The aroma comes off a bit flat for me, flat and one-dimensional. Notes of baker’s chocolate and toast aren’t punctuated by much hoppiness. Both seem stale. Thick, chewy body bodes well for the beer. The body is much more hoppy, with the punchy Magnum working off the sweet chocolate and caramel notes. Roasty malts ride in the background adding some additional depth. Good.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 0z bottle.this appropriately named "black" ale has a dark opaque color with tawny edges. nose is molasses, chocolate, and brownie batter. smooth silky mouthfeel is quite rich and a tad viscous, but it lacks depth. all the flavors are upfront, nothing hiding in the back. much more hop bitterness than expected. finish is heavier than i like, and sticks to your mouth and tongue. too sticky on the palate, but a solid winter brew.
smith4498 (3551) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cola brown with tan head. Roasty aroma with some chocolate. Toasted malt and alcoholic flavors with some coffee and nutty tastes. Bitter finish. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.