JK (5631) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black beer. Loads of malt and a little sweet. Thick, rich palate, but the sweet malt flavor with the heavily roasted, almost burnt grain doesn’t work for me.
hotstuff (4839) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very small, very bubbly light brown head that mostly lasted, opaque, virtually no lacing, and a black hue with a bit of a bronze tint. Nose was malty, roasty, chocolate, hint of smoke, some raisins, and some coffee. Flavor was malt, roasty, some vanilla, smokey, lightly bitter, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel was smooth and a bit oily.Very quaffable brew, easy to drink as this is a very smooth beer, very tasty, nicely done by the folks at New Holland. Worthy of a try and I would drink this beer again.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle broght over by scubarex. This poured black in color with very fine brown bubbles that faded pretty quick. The nose was filled with vanilla, milk chocolate, light bourbon, coffee and plum. In the mouth it was medium-bodied and smooth showing a candied element. It was rich and hedonistic with some of the alcohol poking out.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh. Pours thick, viscous black with no head. Toffee, caramel, grainy aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Tastes of mocha, chocolate. Nice.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - APR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark black with almost no head whatsoever, just the faintest hint of a dark brown cap. Not too much going on with the nose, rich sweet treacly malts tempered by a decent level of roasted smokiness, a mild grassy hop aroma. Very softly carbonated, starting with dark berries and toffee on the palate before a bitter espresso character takes it through to a somewhat thin finish. Alcohol is a little too upfront for a style that usually cloaks it well. Not bad, but not great.
Beaver (1620) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish-black with no head, even after a vigorous pour.
The aroma is sweet chocolate, dark fruits (plum) and some rum cakey alcohol.
The flavor is roasted fudgy chocolate and coffee with a slight tang of dark fruits. It has a big bitter roasted and tarry alcoholic finish that is a bit over the top and slightly off tasting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with no carbonation.
Overall, I really like the flavor of this, other than the finish. The lack of carbonation hurts it as well. This is close to being an awesome brew.
Dangle (31) - Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love it. Black pour with almost no head. aroma is roasted malts. Very thick and Flavorful. Tastes Molasses. Very good.
Nucci (21) - cullowheee, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks very dark with thin brown head. smells sweet, taste pretty good, very thick and smooth delicious finish. Not one I’d drink everyday.
chicagobears (448) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick oily black. Aroma of fine chocolate, caramel, and cookie dough.
TAR (2651) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft: Blackened bronze. Tight but thin gray-tan cap of foam. Vinous nose of raisins, molasses, charcoal, burnt cookies, and coffee-tinged roast. Hint of soy sauce, cola and resin. Soft pricks of carbonation. Viscous body. Sharp alcohol highlights the residual sweetness as molasses and fudge inundate the palate. Comes off as being a bit acidic due to the crunchy roast and charred malt which tingle the palate. Quite smoky, though wet and tackily sugary at the center. Mild notes of papery oxidation add to the dull and chalky roastiness. Finishes with a medicinal and alcoholic burn, as sticky molasses lingers and overwhelms the lurking smoky-tinged roast. Rather delightfully vinous and fruity, but suffers from being too tacky, sweet and alcoholic.