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 (4996) - 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 (2210) - 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 (3025) - 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.
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is very toasted with molasses, chocolate, coffee, and hops. The appearance is dark brown with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with both a burnt and bitter taste. The palate is smooth. Overall this is full bodied with both texture and alcohol but astringent and not altogether that tasty.
Palidor19 (2949) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
while drinking it at room tempreture, the aroma of strong chocalte maltrs come through, very bitter but in a good way. flavor is very strong yet, the alcohol comes through nicely.
josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance – Pours a dark amber and becomes a thick dark brown color with hints of amber around the edges. A thick, rocky 1 and a quarter finger head forms that is a magnificent tan color, like cappuccino.
Smell – This smells like a porter; very roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee. There is also a little bit of a hop presence to this coming up in the rear, just a little.
Taste – Wow, pretty good! A lot of the roasted flavors come through with a blast of slightly hidden tropical fruits. The coffee makes a pretty strong presence as well, but more in a mocha fashion.
Mouthfeel – Nice and thick, this feels like a thick porter through and through.
Drinkability – This is damn tasty, I wouldn’t mind drinking a couple of these! The flavors meld together well and make for an awesome experience.
Dogbrick (8145) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew is a dark coffee color with a medium and foamy beige head that dissipates slowly. Thick strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee along with notes of bitter chocolate. Medium, dry body with flavors of roasted malt, coffee and spiced hops. Chocolate notes show up at times here too. The finish is roasty and mildly bitter chocolate and hops with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty good overall.