BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Pours black with a slight ruby highlight topped by a stunning creamy beige head that left outstanding lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of charred, chocolate, and caramel malts, plum and liquorice, walnuts, and some leathery earthy yeast esters. The taste is quite malt driven but not overly sweet due to the bitterness of the black malts and the hops. The taste is a nod towards the classic black ales of Europe but has everything super charged including the shocking 8.6% alcohol. Hint of coffee, dark fruits and anise round out the profile. The mouth feel is soft and a touch chalky, not has refreshing as I hoped and the alcohol is somewhat noticeable. This is honestly a borderline Imperial Baltic Porter... Overall it is well done despite some small flaws. Would drink again
markas101 (1743) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA via Omaha. Jet black, inky aroma, warm nutty flavor. Some bitter flavor, nice and chalky. Interesting but not what I thought for the style.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle from Beertopia. Black in color with a very nice thick beige head that forms delicate concentric rings of lacing along the walls of the glass. The aroma has a nice strong chocolate roastedness. The flavor is good, but I had expected more from such an expensive beer (about $12 a 4-pack, I think). Definitely overpriced and perfectly scored here at 3.5 in my estimation.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
BottleÖ Dark cola-colored ale with some off-white floaties/sinkers sitting at the bottom of the glass and a mid-sized, wispy, khaki head. Collapses down to a small, tight, creamy cap. Chocolaty, nutty nose with lots of deeply roasted notes Ė smells a bit like chocolate pudding. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with gentle carbonation. Leans on the bitter side of balance. Pretty simple, deeply roasted flavor. Not a whole lot going on as no specific characteristics jump right out at me. Lengthy, fairly bitter finish.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
chocolate, roasty, dough, licorice, black, aminimal head, light sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish. A strong, deep roast beer with some meaty, doughy yeast factors. Itís enjoyable and with character.
patrick767 (3232) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - Pours near black with a thin light tan head that leaves some lacing. Thereís a roast malt aroma with some chocolate. The flavor is much the same. Itís medium bodied with a bubbly mouthfeel. Alcohol taste is minimal. Itís decent, but didnít overly impress me.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a tan head. Malt and chocolate aroma. Chocolate flavor with light roast and some spiciness. Medium-plus bodied. Light roast/coffee lingers with chocolate and spice.
EithCubes (4404) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Mocha-like Porter notes. Pitchy pour with tiny-bubbled, frothy beige head. Taste is mostly dry with caramel and very faint hops and the slightest hint of roast. Inky creaminess with deep, dark waves of chocolate. Medium-fullish body with a long finish. Alcohol pretty well disguised. An aptly named Black Beer - kommt grad vom Tintenfass.
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty aroma with a touch of alcohol. Pours very dark with a thin, short lasting head. Its not got the deepest flavor for the percent, and the hops are noticeable but do not overpower the malt with lingering sweetness. Its not very alcoholic tasting for the percent as some beers can be. Has a low level of carbonation.
brianprentiss (664) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
darn good beer. not a huge fan of mad river overall, normally overpriced, but this one is good. tastes like a stout to me.