jtclockwork (6880) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft backlog from brewpub. 400th DO/no label beer rating. Pours black. Nose and taste of light coffee, toasted black malt, light smoke and roast. Lighter side of medium body.
Westmeister (1434) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Brown/black pour. Aroma of watered down roasted malts, coffee, some smoke. Taste is light sweetness with a decent hop bite and some roast. Ok.
Goodgrief (1738) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark pour, nice head and really good lacing. Funky aroma...lagerish and a bit unpleasant. Lots of chocolate flavor, obviously...was described by the bartender as a chocolate lager. Some sourlike lactic flavor, which I hate. Okay.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Chocolate and roasted grain aroma and taste with a smooth caramel finish.
unclemattie (3992) - Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Dark brown / black color. Aroma of roast. Flavor of woody hop. Finishes with a big roasted grain character. Light bodied. Hints of bubblegum hidden in the roast. Light bodied.
decaturstevo (4609) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with creamy tan head and lace. Light chocolate and coffee. Chocolate, roasted malt, with a good malt bitter. A tad thin but good carbonation.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at pub. Appearance was very dark black and clearish, light beige head. Aroma is of light roasted malt and mild bitter notes. Taste is pretty tame. Not too roasty, not too bitter, just middle of the road. Balance was a little strange as well. Body was medium. Overall, not a very memorable brew.
Kinz (3157) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Faint roast aroma. Flavor is lightly roasty with a bit of caramel. Fairly clean. Black with brown at edges. Not bad. As it warmed, some faintly floral hops became evident, and the bitterness stepped up a bit as well.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, creamy tan foam. Aroma is thin, watery, roast. Taste is smooth chocolate, lightly roasty.
ChainGangGuy (4269) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Set before me a clear, near black body with a smallish, white head.
Smell: Presents a simple nose smelling of grains and various roasted malts, as well as some curious hints of powderized licorice and powdered chocolate.
Taste: Roasted grains rounded out with the taste of semi-sweet chocolate and spicy touches of licorice root. Hint of spicy, lightly earthy hops at best with no more than a hint of bitterness. I’ll politely assume the listed 40 IBU’s to be the error of a typo. Drying, spicy finish with a final taste of now unsweetened chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Relatively light-bodied. Lightly carbonated -- why’s everything here near lacking carbonation?
Drinkability: The Gold, the Red, and now the Black have all been undercarbonated. Like a can of cola left in the refrigerator for several hours. It’s all just so limp and lifeless on the tongue. Ah well!