NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strangely, there is almost no aroma to this beer! The color is really pleasing, an almost stout look, and froths similarly. It has a very hearty substantial flavor, followed by a somewhat sweet aftertaste.
onceblind (3934) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark dark amber under a thin light beige tight creamy head. Nose of dark nutty sweet malty toffee with a biscotti undertone. Big nutty toffee flavor with a caramel amber backbone with a slight booziness. Not a whole lot of hops, but it doesn’t need it.
maxwelldeux (3459) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate off-white head on it. Nose is very toasty and slightly roasty to me. Taste, on the other hand, is roastier than anything else, and ends up tasting like a slightly carbonated chilled coffee. Fairly pleasant drink.
Davhgbrew (927) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had off tap at lindas in Cap hill, which I’ve been told I have to go to. Chocolate and malt. Not quite a porter, but nice roasted malt presence. Offputting finish, which is kind of mop water like. Body is full initial and in the middle but the finish is a little weak. I prob wouldn’t reach for it again.
LilBeerDoctor (3414) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, roasted nuts, coffee. Flavor of coffee, roasted nuts, roasted malt. Nice roasted/coffee notes here. Very flavorful.
mattyhennessy (253) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A somewhat smoky dark ale. Taste of a porter, but light bodied with a little coffee aromaticity. Floral hops and earthy flavours. Dark roasted with a caramel-nut presence. Easy drinking and clean. Very delicious.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the source. Clear dark amber color. Aroma of lightlt toasted caramel. Taste is sweet caramel.
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Tap House Grill in Seattle. Brownish-amber pour with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt and floral hops. Light to medium body with flavors of earthy malt, hops and toasted bread. The finish is sweet with a caramel malt aftertaste. Decent overall.
luttonm (2138) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in Seattle. Deep cola brown. Well balanced caramel and chocolate malts, stout body, sweetness comes through. Some porter smokiness, dry caramel. Nice beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Jolly Roger Taproom. Pours a clear, deep brown colored body with a slight reddish hue. Finger-width, frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is nutty caramels with some grainy roasts and a light chocolate. A light earth and some fruity esters as well. Flavor is similar. Nutty caramels with some grainy roasts, earth, a light chocolate, and touches of fruity esters. Finishes clean and dry with a light roasty and earthy bitterness that is balanced with a light caramel and chocolate note. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid amber that resembles more of a brown ale. Clean, easy drinking, and flavorful. Good one.
22415brewery (371) - redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Kylie’s pizza in Fremont, Seattle. Pours a dark brown-black with just noticeable ruby highlights. Little to no head that is dark-beige. Aroma is of subtle roast and dark fruit. Tastes like a very smooth porter with definite notes of roasted cocoa, medium coffee, and dark toffee. There is some bitterness but no other distinguishing hop characteristics. Definitely smooth and mellow with a moderate alcohol level. A decent example of the rapidly becoming harder-to-find dark ales.