PorterPounder (6535) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Broudy’s Liquors, Jacksonville Beach, Fl - 1 pt. .9 fl oz swingtop bottle. Pours a dark ruby red with a thick fluffy mocha colored head. Chocolate and coffee aroma with a bit of underlying ripe fruit. Flavor is a little flat, has some cherry notes, a bit of smokiness but not too pronounced. Mouthfeel is kind of bland and dapens the little bit enthusiasm I had for this one.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with a snappy swing top that poured a deep brown hue with reddish highlights. The beer is topped by a small but tight off-white head that left better than average lacing. The aroma has notes of caramel and nutty malts, rye, dusty yeast esters, prune, and some bittersweet chocolate. The taste starts less sweet than I would have guessed with a bit of acidic fruit snap on top of the rich malts. Grainy and malty throughout this nicely drinkable brew. Light grassy bitterness on the finish which was lively and refreshing on the palate. A nice surprise, I enjoyed this more than expected, worth the $3.50.
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (500ml - swing top). Poured very dark brown-mahogany with a huge, thick, creamy-sticky-shiny lasting tan head - nice drapes of lacing. Very dry dark-roast malt aroma, nutty, lactic, some prunes, burnt caramel dark chocolate and yeast. Taste is milder than the aroma promises, nutty roast malt, milk chocolate, hint of woodsmoke, and a bit sour - mouthfeel is slick, creamy, a little watery - nice smooth and creamy linger, not too sweet.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of spice, chocolate, some toasted malt, some pepper. Tastes sweet and chocolatey with some tea, and dark fruit present. Rich mouthfeel and a very enjoyable beer. Hard to believer this is an under 5% beer.
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Swing top ... OK, I didn’t expect this to be a dark beer for some reason. The aroma is smoky and meaty, like beef jerky. But after that promising introduction, the beer falls flat ... literally. Flat and little texture and without any strong flavor components, this settles to be a moderately chocolatey beer with a mild chalkiness and a hint of smoke. (#3086, 9/9/2007)
riversideAK (5830) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light roasty chocolate aroma, also slightly metallic. Pours super dark brown with a small tan head. Flavor is roasty, slightly sweet malt with a light bitterness in the finish. Clean crisp finish. Light with mild carbonation.
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
If it comes in a flip top bottle, its got to be calssy, right? Right? Reddish brown, luxoriously thick tan head. Toasty, spicy aroma. Faint pine flavors mix with pepper, water cracker and fresh bread aromas. Well blended together, but nothing really stands out. Well made and smooth.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice pour, a mahogany dark enough to seem almost black, capped by a tall tan head that pasted heavy lacing to the sides of the glass. The aroma has chocolate, dark roasted malt, nuts, and the slightest hint of herbal/grassy hops. Rich malty flavor, grain and dark bread dough, milk chocolate, a soft spiciness... i.e., good stuff. It finishes both sweet and mildly dry. A very quaffable lager.
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Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a brown body with a tan head. Toasted malt, lightly nutty with a note of peat. Simple bitter with chocolate sweet malty accents.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark mahogany, nice head and lacing. Nose of sweet grapes and malt; reminds me of all of the clean german style japanese beers? Thin and malty with lots of roast and nice maltiness and finish. Good.