Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber for rating #3100! Poured inky black with a well-retained, dense cap of cherry wood head.. looked great! The aroma picked up burnt darker chocolate and licorice with overtones that reflected time well spent in a barrel.. bright (but well-integrated) whiskey, vanilla beans, and spicy oak all blended in nicely.. bit of smoky peat right on the back.. wow! The flavor opened with tangy, smokey whiskey and slightly sour oak on the tip of the tongue opening into a thicker core of dark chocolates, molasses, and a bit of caramel.. finished with more whiskey, more oak, and vanilla.. warm back there, and entirely memorable. Heavily-bodied on the palate with enough carbonation to move it across smoothly.. the barrel aging was spot on.. wow wow wow!! I sure hope to see another bottle of this!
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in basic Bells snifter: Opaque with a beige creamy head and nice lacing upon the glass. The aroma has notes of burnt, chocolate, caramel malts, espresso and vanilla beans, licorice jelly beans, some alcohol driven phenols, oak, bourbon, and a hint of fig and juniper.
The taste starts with bakers chocolate and vanilla coffee supported by some rustic oak and booze. Becomes more roasty and bready in midsection before a barrel influences takes hold towards the finish. Minimal hop bitterness is found around the edges. The mouth feel is aggressive and brash, a tad young and warming, oily and tannic dry aftertaste. I would like a bottle for the cellar for this seems a bit rough still. A worthy stoutie beer IMO.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sloth pours a viscous black with no light penetrating at all. The head is mocha and lingers for just a little while before settling in as a small cap leaving bits of lacing.
The aroma is dominated by big dark chocolate malts with hints of roasted coffee. There’s a definite vanilla sweetness with some booze just slightly tingling the nose.
The taste opens with a roasted coffee bitterness that blends into the sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla. There is also some dark fruit and a slight candied sugar character with yeast, though the Belgian characteristics are extremely subtle.
The mouthfeel is slick with little carbonation and coats the mouth thoroughly.
This is a great, great beer from Midnight Sun and it’s probably my favorite of the Deadly Sins brews.
TAR (2651) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fierce-looking impenetrable black. Gentle pour raises a large tight-bubbled cinnamon head which clings as it slowly settles. Roasted barley prevails over intriguing nougat, lactose, baker’s chocolate, and shoe polish aromas. Touch of vanilla, brown sugar, and chocolate taffy. Velvety carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Crackling black-malt-derived phenols and stiff edges of roast clasp the palate while a sharp snap of earthy, java-soaked malt nestles deeply into the palate. Quite oily and soft in body, with heavy emphasis on the vividly defined licorice-tinged roasted barley. Thick, dense core is milky and tacky, yet far from fatiguing in its high concentration of weighty richness due to the remarkably clean, complex, and soundly structured malt frame. Attenuation is also spot-on. Delicate bite of char and caramelized brown sugar seamlessly mesh with a rich, fudge-laden yet tarry and smoky charge of earthy dark malt and chalky blackness. Truckload of vibrant, meaty java fuses with the lactose which imparts a base layer of slipperiness. Layered malts are further highlighted by a polished raisin and dried-plum twang. Finishes cleanly and snugly bitter with vanillin oak, as gorgeously integrated notes of relentless, palate pummeling malt collide with artfully composed dark fruity esters. The malt structure and range of depth here are superb, and there are all sorts of flavorsome malt complexities, among other things, going on. Word from the brewer is this was aged in oak casks (Jack Daniel’s). Never would have guessed it as the oak, which perhaps imparts some vanilla as well as some clean tannic bitterness, is in perfect harmony with every other component rather than being the mail focal point. Hats off to Midnight Sun for creating yet another awe-inspiring brew!
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to bitbucket tasting. Black w/ big light brown head. Big chocolate aroma. Lots of alcohol, but nice smooth roast. Oh so tasty. Mild bitterness. Very nice.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by TAR, thanks dude. Poured a thick black color with a thick, creamy tan head that faded to a layer and left some sticky lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate malt, roasted malts, light coffee, some toffee, and a bit of soft fruitiness thanks to the yeast. Smooth, semi-sweet entry with some light roastiness and undertones of coffee and caramel with some moderate hop bitterness and soft yeastiness to offset the sweetness up front. Smooth and full on the palate. Thanks goes out to Jeff for hooking us up with a great beer.
Ernest (7247) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (dark chocolate, roasted grain, caramel), with notes of vanilla, blackberry, smoke.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
One of the best beers at the tasting; rich and decadent, but not without elegance. Clean malt and bitterness. Wish this was available locally!
3fourths (9064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Rich dark black body with a creamy brown head, mostly composed of medium to large sized bubbles. Settles out into a brown ring with a patch of foam in the center, but otherwise it settles down to the top of the liquid. Rich mocha chocolate cocoa powder nose. Hugely rich dry cocoa powder up front, heavily dry, parched, somewhat prickly over the back. Coconut and vanilla noticed, very tasty, dry, rich and powdery.... the dryness from the oak is remarkable, it dances with the cocoa powder quality very well. Thanks TAR!
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Red tinged black colored beer with a full tan head. Really nice aromas, with deep dark fruits, brandy and roasted malt and chocolate notes. Delightfully crafted malt character, with notes of peanut butter, chocolate, espresso roast and dark fruits. Incredible 30-second + finish lasts and lasts. Amazing ale.
josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 Draft at brewery, deep tan head, coffee aroma, deep brown color. Wow, this was a Great beer. The previous review was dead on, the combination of chocolate, coffee and fruit was perfect.