Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Murky, tarry opaque black body, medium creamy brown head. Thick, smoky nose, with tarry burnt sugars, molasses, maple, coffee, and musty oak. Inky, salty body, thick and viscous but pleasantly carbonated, with molasses, roasted malts, coffee, and maple, leathery, tannic, and rich. Best enjoyed as a few-ounce sample, the overwhelming flavor profile becomes cloying after a few draws. Still, this is quite good.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black pour with minimal, fading beige head. aroma of huge licorice, tobacco, molasses, cocoa, maple and vanilla. flavor is a huge sugar mess, ala bells 9000 or avery impys..big fig and raisin. huge tobacco finish with just a touch of anise. oak is everywhere without being overbearing
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, courtesy someone at a tasting. Pours black as night, lots of thick veiny lacing and a creamy dark head. Nose is big on the dark chocolate, caramel, rich booze, molasses, vanilla and a big dose of espresso in there as well. Flavor is big with dark sticky fruits, molasses, coconut, and a lovely harmony or chocolate and coffee. A pretty unique flavor, as Midnight Sun is apt to do. Thick, rich, oily body, drinks like a seltzer though. Real nice.
markwise (4664) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with inflatablechair. Thanks, Sam! Pours dark brown/ black with dark brown head. Thick and viscous, the way I like it! Nose is dark malt, chocolate, molasses, espresso, booze, slight smoke, maple, and a TON of yellow lace. Flavor is equally deep and complex with some slight hop character emerging and a bit more noticeable smoke behind this mountain of complexity they call an ale. Excellent beer. I wish I had one to lay down for a few years.
Grovlam (4163) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10 Blind tasting at Papsoe 27-03-2010:
Bottle. Small brown light creamy head that mostly lasted. Fair display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of dried fruit, molasses, hint of mild roasted malt. Over the palate came strong notes of roasted feel and dry grainy feel as well. Hint of vanilla and light hoppy notes and a hit of smoke. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and light alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet and light bitter flavor. Lingering thick light roasted and molasses sweet finish.
8 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 17 = 4.0
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by durhambeer. Thanks Bob! My first MS brew! Appearance was an oily black with a thick dark brown head. Beautiful. Aroma was a sweet roasty malt. Sweeter than anything that dark ive smelled before. Taste is anise, black licorice, and roasted malt. Dry mouthfeel. Definitely a beer to split with a few people. Don’t think I would have enjoyed a full pour of it. Almost too sweet but still good
joeneugs (4111) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like used motor oil. Extremely thick with a deep dark brown disappearing head. The aroma is molasses, maple syrup, black licorice, and heavy roast. Some fruitiness comes out as it opens up with fig, dates, and raisins. The flavor is powerfully alcoholic and prickly on the tongue. It’s not as sweet as expected. There’s some vinous dark fruity notes with hints of molasses, syrup, vanilla, caramel, and oak. This is really evil stuff.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by markwise. Poured black with a thin mocha head. My nose was instantly assaulted by hard roasted or burnt malts, dark chocolate, and smoke. Full creamy body with mild carbonation. Flavor has loads of dark chocolate and caramel notes blended with big notes of roast and lesser notes of vanilla, wood, light prune or fig, and smoke. Finishes somewhat sweet with a lingering note of burnt malt.
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Jmoore50 from BA. Syrupy dark black pour, little carbonation and a subtle chocolate aroma. Flavor was dark chocolate, some vanilla and finished with a dry bitter coffee finish. Solid beer and doing very well for its age, however enjoyed the Sloth much more.
phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle shared by foppa78- thanks again, Mat! The generosity at DLD ’10 will not be forgotten. I think it was a 2009 vintage. Pours a motor oil ultra-dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves a ring around the inner edge of the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, port, vanilla, coffee, and caramel. Flavor follows suit pretty well. The chocolate, molasses and dark fruits are the real standout elements of this beer. Full-bodied, rich, and so smooth; minimal carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. Wow, thanks for sharing this, Mat.