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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
"Combining jet black color with incredibly smooth texture and decadent coffee flavor, BREWTALITY breaks the expectations of both rich espresso and dark beer to create a whole ’nuther beast. While brutal in alcoholic strength, this biggie beautifully showcases its roasted malt and coffee flavors without bringing on bitterness and bite. This is the first of two lagers in the series."
Re-released as part of "Alaska’s Most Wanted" Series

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2687) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with very faint mahogany edges when held to a light source. Half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Slightly smokey, deeply roasted dark malt aroma with a robust gourmet coffee presence that’s nicely integrated without obliterating every other characteristic of the beer. Some smoked meat and charcoal along with burnt toast, fresh espresso bean and bitter dark chocolate. There’s also a subtle lactic presence along with some sweet desert-like bakers chocolate. Smells kind of like flour less chocolate cake. On the lower end of medium body with tight carbonation and a bitter, deeply roasted espresso/coffee bean flavor that dominates the palate. Doesn’t live up to the aroma with a light mouthfeel, a bit too much carbonation and slightly one dimensional flavor profile. Dry and bitter with a slightly burnt, acrid espresso flavor with hints of smoke, charcoal, barbecued meat and burnt toast. Under all of the roast, there is some nice coffee flavor and sweeter chocolate malt notes. The high ABV is well masked but it’s still a bit too harsh and roasted/burnt tasting for my preference.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate syrup, fudge, burnt grain), with notes of alcohol, vanilla, hint of plastic. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, syrupy/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Very very sweet, with almost nothing to balance. Not much in the nose other than a mess of chocolate. Pretty mediocre. Sure sounded neat though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
HonusWagner (1872) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2015
Very weird and not good. Smelled vaguely of extremely burnt coffee grounds but hinted at some burning plastic or rubber. Just not good, at all. A major downer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8196) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2015
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego.
Pours pitch black color with a small head. Loads of grains on the nose, some granola, licorice and oats, very faint dark berries, quite faint coffee here. Sweet cocoa and chocolaty flavor, dark roasted malts, granola again, quite sweet caramel and faint syrup notes. Thick and heavy stuff. Not quite sure what would be the proper style for this brew.. Dessert beer properties here definitely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2015
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego. Aroma has oaty malt and soy sauce. Flavour has sweet and sticky malt, salty licorice and toasted sugar. Sweet all the way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (5393) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2015
650ml bottle

Pours pitch black with a tiny head. Aroma of roasty malts, coffee, espresso, earthy notes, some breadiness and dark chocolate. Taste is heavy, sweet, sugary and syrupy with loads of breadiness, roasty malts, dark chocolate, coffee, espresso and mocha. Finish is sweet, burnt and ashy with loads of roasty bready maltiness, syrup, toffee and dark chocolate. Heavy and syrupy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (7621) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2015
650 ml bottle. Enjoyed at San Diego, CA. Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted malts, salty licorice and bread. Flavour of roastiness, sweet syrup, mild spiciness, a bit of bun dough, smokiness and grass. Medium bodied. Sweet and heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2462) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Dark black pour with light tan head... Aroma of espresso, licorice, raisins, and chocolate... Flavor is slightly cloying initially, overripe plums, raisins, finishes with big coffee and dark fruits on palate... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (4093) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle at the DC Local Gathering on 8/1/2015. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of roast, caramel, toffee. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5924) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Black pour with ok head. Roast with some chocolate, some caramel. Bittersweet finish. Bottle shared at tasting.

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