pinto1993 (45) - Revere, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle corked and caged. Pours black with a two finger tan head. Smells of roated malts with hint of molasses. Taste is sweet fruit and bitterness up front with a little bit of belgian funk and spiceyness at the end. Nice carbonation with a thin mouth feel which seems unusual given the appearance and taste. I would recommend.
johnnnniee (2645) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours the darkest of browns with very faint brown highlights when held to light, a spirited level of carbonation produces a head that fills half the glass no matter how it is poured. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, roasted grains, burnt sugar, dark fruits, yeasty phenols, thereís a lot going on here and so far its all good. Taste is dark malts, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, prunes, plums. This is very complex lots of stuff going on here. Medium to thick body, quite a bit of carbonation, maybe too much, sweet saison-esque mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this beer. The carbonation might be a touch on the high side, but the flavors and aromas are fantastic. I would say this is more of a Belgian strong dark than a stout, but when a beer is done this well who needs labels really?
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL Bottle, purchased at Craft Beer Cellar - Belmont, MA. Hmmm. This tastes like a dark session ale, but itís seven percent and finishes like an Abbey Dubbel-Foreign Stout cross. Thatís fun. Not fun in the punching-Barney-the-Dinosaur-while-youíre-drunk kind of way, but fun in the watching-Bozo-the-clown-when-youíre-19 kind of way. This beer seems almost completely dry. The hybrid malt quality confuses but titillates. There is a terse, biting element and I think itís coming from the molasses, because itís a bit tarry and blackening, reminiscent of some sooty faced, cockneyed 11 year old factory worker. A new style I donít see going anywhere, but one thatís worth trying anyway, especially if you like a strong, tar-flavored finish.
zach8270 (3701) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 750 ml) Dark brown pour with an incredibly thick tan head. More than half of the glass was the foam. Nice roasted aroma with some notes of sugar, coffee, burnt malts and some fruit at the finish. Very complex aroma. Chocolate and coffee at the start of the flavor that turns sweet and fruity near the end. Finishes dry and lightly roasty. Really tasty actually.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a fairly large foamy brown head. Nose is chocolatey cocoa with light notes of dark fruits and roasted malts. Palate is fairly full and somewhat chewy but finishes almost dry. Flavors of chocolate, light roasted malt notes and some raisins.
Leighton (13019) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at The Kernel during the later hours of Nateís Final Push. Dark brown pour with a foamy, off-white head. Dark sugar throughout, also some brown sugar, light burnt plastic, roasted malts, cocoa. A bit of dark fruits, brown sugar and toast. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish, dark with short-lived roastiness. Alright.
jimhilt (2443) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a thick lace. Black color, no highlights. Strong carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose and flavor is malty, bready, fairly smooth. The 7% ABV is totally hidden. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julioís Liquors Westborough, Ma.
dmac (4435) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml cork and caged bottle shared by Jimmie. Poured a super dark brown with a smaller bubbly biege head. Aroma has a strong spiceness about it along with some chocolate pudding skins, barrel, vanilla extract, and some burnt banana fosterís. Body is loaded with very strong carbonation, a thinner mouthfeel and a lingering burning aftertaste. Flavor of bad chocolate, wet toast, odd vanilla, over ripe fruits. Blah.
dogfish120love (1023) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with an off white to tan three finger lacing. Heavy notes of banana and clove. Hints of chocolate and coffee in the background. Thin palate.
argo0 (11856) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Medium beige head atop cloudy cola-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, coffee, some milk chocolate, light spicy, vanilla, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some coffee, spicy, light milk chocolate. Effervescent medium body.