trapped (2082) - New York, TURKEY - MAY 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drought. Reddish brown with creamy beige head, vanilla-nuts aroma, low carbonation, fruity taste, thin body, abrupt finish. A bit weak but not bad.
jhp40219 (440) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 17, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head that leaves a bit of spotty lacing. Aroma is equal parts mildly fruity and mildly toasted malt. Taste is lightly toasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and soap. Quick finish of cocoa and toasty malt. Light body, thin and watery palate, light to average carbonation. Weak and disappointing. Possibly a good gateway beer though.
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is fruity roasted malt, coffee, chocolate; everything is there but is light. Pours black with red highlights in the light. Flavor is licorice, roasted malt, esters. Actually not bad at all. Far better than Newcastle Brown.
ravenwater (8) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2014 does not count
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Stonefruit esters (peach...), medium-low malt = chocolate, generic pale malt, some darker crystal (toffee). No really detectable hops. Medium-low light tan head drops quickly, disappears; beer medium brown reddish tint, clear. Flavor: Here’s where I was rather disappointed - I was excited to try this, something new from well-known Newcastle, expected something more. Grainy, rough character with medium bitterness that is NOT smooth. Somewhat estery. English yeast character but not complex. Generally clean fermentation. Chocolate that aroma promised present but low & dominated by prominent roast character that’s acrid/harsh (roast barley, perhaps touch black malt) which I find overpowering, unpleasant combined with malt graininess. Low caramel, nuttiness, faint licorice. Hops flavor low - some herbal, earthy. Mouthfeel: well attenuated, bit thin, medium carbonation, low astringency. Overall impression: If roastiness were not so acrid & strong, could be much more drinkable. I won’t repeat purchase - drinking 6 was hard. Fits the "mild" style category, but not highly drinkable - not smooth enough.
felsenpils (151) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with off white foam. The aroma is very British. The taste is dark and roasted, but not nearly as thick and meaty as American micros. A very interesting ale with all the fruit/cork/musty aromas and flavors of an English ale, but with the color of an Irish stout. Great residual sweetness reminiscent of a Bass ale. Nicely done!
Ron (3474) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Roasty aroma with chocolate and subtle coffee and hop notes. Pours brown with a good beige head and great lacing. Roasted barley with notes of chocolate and coffee. Finishes smooth and dry with kind of a watery finish. Not for me again..
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle - Pours clear, dark red with a tense light tan head. There’s a mild roast malt aroma. The flavor is roast malt with maybe a hint of coffee and a lingering roasty finish. Medium bodied. Drinkable. It’s okay, better than some of this brewery’s recent efforts.
Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Left much to be desire. Very thin in the pour. Great anticipation, but let down with everything. This black ale is lacking character. Not a rich, deep dark ale, but rather thin. Taste is nondescript. A bit earthy, somewhat crisp. Unfortunately, I purchased a 6-pack. Had difficulty getting them down. Not worthy of pouring into sink, but close.
mansquito (5044) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
New Beer Distributors, NYC ($1.95): Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is malty chocolate, some sugar, and a hint of fruitiness. Taste is slightly sweet and quite malty. Easy to drink and certainly inoffensive. Not bad at all.
grilldoggy (4) - Irmo, South Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2016 This black ale has a great flavor and kick. My local beer warehouse has a bunch of it at a great discount - lucky for me. I got colitis right after drinking this, no relation though.