ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried this back in 2009.
At just on cool and into an English pint. Produces up a shimmering, mahogany tinted blackish brown. Loose foam off the pour dwindles back to a compact off-white crown that yields and manages a good lace. Deliciously thick, warmed fruit pudding nose with licks of caramelised figs, molasses, bitter burnt raisins, charred wood and dark chocolate. Smoke and roasted barley, a little ash and a long woody, piney finish is first steps. Very full and rounded. Much drier in the finish than the nose suggests. Medium-light bodied but creamy in mouthfeel. Lots of cocoa butter and savoury dried fruits fill it out. Complex and moorish for a Mild. Licks of molasses, charred wood and burnt sugar linger between sips. Lovely stuff. Balanced and tasty!! (50cL, BBE 03/10, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
dogbomb (751) - ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown when held against the light, with ruby highlights. Small tan head. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate aromas with a little charcoal. In the mouth, there’s a roastiness and smokiness which then opens out into a bitterness and a little chocolate and bite. Quite tasty for this ABV.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light tan head. Retention is a bit below average, but plenty of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Pleasantly roasty with minor notes of chocolate and caramel. Earthy overall with a slight mineral note. Super clean. I know it can be difficult to impress with a beer at this paltry an ABV, but this comes close. Very well put together.
3.5 T: The taste is good, but it’s more of what you’d expect from a session beer. Moderate roastiness with light everything else. Touches of chocolate, caramel, and graininess. Lightly minerally and earthy overall. Low bitterness. Great balance.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp, but not very creamy. Fine here.
4.0 D: Tasty, easy to drink beer. Great session beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-18-2012 01:55:42
weihenweizen (1378) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Refrigerated bottle poured into a shaker. Pours dark brown with small off-white head. Small bubble lacing, thin body, and light roasted malt aroma. Taste is roasted malt, bready, hints of cocoa, hints of smoke, and finishes grassy hops. Pass.
worldbeertaste (1361) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a red tint. and a soapy lingering lacy brown head. Smells of chocolate, prunes, raisins, roasted malt. Smells great like a proper mild. Slightly prickly body. But medium smooth. Lingering oily acid bitterness on the finish. Tastes like raisin, nut, chocolate, roast malt. Not overly impressed. A bit on strangeness on the taste.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Originally reviewed: 3/2/10. Been wanting to try this one for awhile now. Bottle poured into a mug. Pours a dark ruddy brown with some ruby highlights on the edges. A small tan head caps it off. Disappears to just a ring around the edge. Little lace sticks. Scents of molasses, licorice, plums, and some faint cocoa powder.
The body is decent. Crisp carbonation, moderate depth. Flavors of mild bittering hops, lots of bittersweet malts, a light sour note in the middle, and a faint chocolate finish. This is my first of the style, but I think I like it. Very simple, but full of flavor and character. Nicely done.
BlackHaddock (2887) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tall, brown 500ml bottle, best before the end of Feb 2011, drank and reviewed 25th Jan 2011. Poured into a UK pint sleeve.
Good, really dark brown body, teak wood red when held to a bright light. On top a well formed light brown head, which gave some heavy lacing.
Semi-sweet dark chocolate smells, toasted/roasted malts too.
The taste is typical dark mild malty, without anything being too rich or overpowering. Very little if any hop presence detectable. It does get a bit bitter towards the end of the mouthfeel, otherwise the beer is mid-dry, leaning towards semi-sweet in flavour.
Slightly over carbonated for me, others may find it ’lively’.
Not a great beer, but a long way from being a bad one.
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A black beer with a tan pool of head. A very husky aroma with coffee notes. Really dry. Very husky grainy in the mouth too. Quite thin but then it is weak. Flavours, however, are good though.
prawlie (997) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 mL bottle from Beers Of Europe into a pint glass. Creamy head over a black beer. A dunkels aroma, roasted with a hint of chocolate. Pleasant mild, but lacks in character. Tastes like a reasonable German dunkel. Smooth and drinkable.
JStax (2336) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is rather dark brown with a nice head of khaki colored foam. Head retention is great and leaves nice rings of lacing. Aroma is roasty and chocolatey. Taste is lightly reminiscent of jerky and coffee. I like the smokiness of this beer a lot. This beer won’t blow anybody away, but if you get the chance to try it, pick it up.