Ibrew2or3 (7478) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Magnolia Pub. Pours jet black with thin mocha head. The aroma is big with toffee, burnt malts and dark roasted coffee beans. The taste is inviting rich malt complexity. A solid burnt charred maltiness hits first with lighter roasted malts, dark roasted coffee beans, a hint of toffee and some licorice. At the finish a mild astringency enters to linger with the burnt malts and coffee notes. It smells more like toffee than it tastes.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Beachwood BBQ. Pours a dark black color with brown sugar edges and a firm head of tan foam. Loads of chocolate saturates the aroma, along with dark caramel toffee, medium roast coffee, and even a hint of prune skin fruitiness. Light bodied, fizzy carbonated mouthfeel. Starts out somewhat sweet with flavors of chocolate and nutty molasses. This dries up mid-palate with some roast coffee bitterness. An almost undetectable trace of butterscotch suggests diacetyl, but is very minor if there. Lots of herbal, minty hops round out the finish nicely. Impressive malt flavors and complexity for the low ABV and hopped generously, yet appropriately.
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Deep walnut brown, almost black, with a thin brown pad of a head. Chocolate aroma with an interesting smoked-cork aroma too. Again chocolatey, with figgy/fruity elements and a well-hopped bitter finish. Only faintly smokey. Medium mouthfeel. More porter-ish in my mind, but awesome nonetheless.
Ernest (6729) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted grain, coffee, caramel, nuts).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Delightful...a very tasty malt-bomb.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many times. From tap at Lanesplitter in Oakland, Berkeley and at Vapariso.. Varies sometimes, but pretty consistent. Coffee, roasty, smoky aroma and flavors. A good hop punch too. Great flavor from what appears to be Nugget hops? Drinks so much like a quaffable ale I sometimes forget this is a lager. Very enjoyable, and my personal favorite of all dark beers in this alcohol range. A great beer. Thanks Brian!
Garigar (17) - Donostia-San Sebastián, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weak aroma in the beginning continued by a welcoming nice cereal taste. It just looks wonderful, so dark in the pint glass. unexpectedly wonderful to accompain with mac and cheese and bbq ribs.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Toronado in SF. VERY dark beer. Would have sworn by the look that it was a stout. Poured dark brown no head. Taste was light sweet milk, malts, and molases. Slightly bitter finish. Very good beer.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Toranado, SF, CA. Beer is opaque, dark brown with a tiny, frothy, white, mostly and quickly diminishing head.<P>
The aroma is malty with moderate-to-heavy notes of lacto-creamy milk chocoate, moderate notes of coffee, caramel, roasted grain, lighter notes of toasted nuts, blackstrap molases; Hoppy with light notes of herbal resin/pine; Yeasty with a trace of dough; Miscellaneous trace notes of tart berry and dried black fruits.<P>
The favor is moderately sweet, moderately-to-heavily bitter, lightly acidic with a long, warm, moderate-to-heavily bitter, lightly sweet, grippy finish. Roasty on the rets.<P>
The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the 21st Amendment brewpub as a guest beer. Seems that 21st is carrying a lot more guest beers these days due to the overextended demands of canning their own beer and trying to serve tap beer to a thirsty public at the pub. This beer pours dark brown with a big beige head. The finish is tart sourness. Has a strong chocolate aroma. Great lacing left behind in the glass. The finish is very drying and chalky. Again, a WAY overrated beer by some.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pitch black in color with a frothy, tan head. Rich roastedvmalt aroma with yeastiness. Strong smoked flavor with a slight fruitiness. Clean, dry finish with a residual smokiness.