OldGrowth (3204) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, from trade with radiomg. Ok aroma, lite caramel, cardboard, stale wheat bread. Clean brownish orange color, ok head that faded quickly. Bittersweet flavor, grainy. Honey, cardboard mainly. Little nutty yeastiness too. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Ok, doesn’t offend, doesn’t inspire to have another. Thanks radiomg.
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think this beer deserves higher credential than it is getting. I absolutely loved it. Gorgeous beer with a very minimal head. Poured a reddish copper hue. Nose invited me in and the taste blew me away. In my experience from the Coffee Porter, I was expecting something equally unsatisfying, but was I wrong! Not the most complex beer. Hints of chocolate and coffee linger in the finish. Very easy to drink and very satisfying. Just a tad bit watery. Would definitely buy again!
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straighfroward example of the style. The was dominated by the slightly spicy nose of the cascade hops that were used in this brew. The beer poured a deep amber/copper color with a creamy head that had very good retention. The flavor was well balanced, if a little mild, with the spiciness of the Cascade hops balancing well with the swetnees of the malts. Finish was crisp and clean. Overall very tasty, went great with the Pizza I ate at the brewery.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle acquired via trade with Radiomgb. Thanks, Jeff! This is a solid ale, with a deep amber body and a really interesting character. Certainly there are some hops here, slightly on the tart side, but the nose gives way to a really interesting combo of wood, warm malt, and - believe it or not - Coke float! Nice one.
Goodeone (39) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Amber colour with a foamy head. The spices (pepper) are very apparent in the aroma and will awaken the senses for what’s to come. A spicy beer with a pepper aftertaste that disipates quickly in a forgiving manner. A good beer overall, but not quite my taste for an everyday beer.
probstblueribbon (3698) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
App.: Pours med. amber with reddish hues, tan head with reddish hues (doesn’t last long). Aroma: Nice hit of hops to start, mainly citrusy, but some resin and pine. Dig a bit deeper and a few med. malt notes come through. Palate: Med. body and carbonation. Flav.: beautiful balance of malt and hops. A touch of sweetness to start and a touch of bitterness to finish. Lovely beer. I suspect I avoided this product, thinking it was the Stock Ale. Pity!
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a 355 ml. bottle with a blurb on the back, no freshness date.
Poured a clear reddish amber with a foamy head that settled into a thin lacing, minimal amount of laced sticking.
Aromas of caramel and cocoa, nutty and floral.
Good carbonation and a crisp, smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Tastes of caramel and powdery cocoa malts with a grainy metallic edge, a touch of nuttiness, floral and very lightly citric, and a dryish nutty, malty finish.
I could have used a little more hop flavor to balance the malts, not bad, easy drinkability, glad I had a chance to try it.
Acquired in a trade with Sammy, thanks!
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ BierBistro in Tdizzle. Huge malt aroma and flavour plays on the palate at every squalar. Hops dance around with an almost chocolate sense. Very along the lines of a barley, but more on the malts. WEll balanced, complex, and roasted. yes!
tomthompson89 (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 love this beer, easy drinking hoppy beer. my fav other then the barley wine. copper amber colour, nice amount of head, lotsa hops and malts. great beer
Quevillon (2876) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bu au Black Tomato (20 oz). Rousse mi-claire, beaucoup de bulle, collet mince. Arome d’houblon faiblement amère mais plaisant. Petegoût d’amerturme agéable, bon goût d’houblon frais.