Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2010
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Received a single 12-oz bottle via Mystery Swap. Loud explosion (oh, oh) and a gusher. Pours a semi-clear dark brown colored brew with a over-flowing large bubbled off-white head that has some extra retention and spot lacing. Aroma of tart apple, some light molasses and basement cardboard. Taste is very metallic, tart, vinegar. Ooh- Kay, thatís enough. Infected bottle. Willing to try again.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2009
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Almost black color/ fleeting head. Mild chlorine, polycarbonate, medium roasted malt aromas. medium body. Soggy apple, metallic, mild cardboard, wood char, medium roast malt flavors. Not pleasant.
arminjewell (5144) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with tan head, aroma is burnt malt. Taste is a bit watery, but with burnt malt and chocolate/coffee after taste that is made creamier by the oatmeal. Not bad!
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours deep dark brown with a thin brown head. aroma is cocoa, chocolate, licorice, light port. flavor is heavy barley, chocolate, licorice, coffee. roasted malt. long, bitter finish. coffe and malty aftertaste.
beerbill (3177) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with Sparky27. Pours black with a massive sudsy tan head. Even pouring slowly down the side of the glass the head rushes to overflow the top of the glass. This is clearly abnormal and makes me wonder if this beer is infected. The aroma seems ok with some chocolate and mild roasted malt. The flavor, however, is another story with mild roasted malt, red wine vinegar, wet cardboard and a bit of a metallic twang. Dry, chalky finish. I ended up dumping almost half the glass - why waste the calories on crappy beer?!
BOLTZ7555 (2580) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark chocolate pour with a 1/4 inch latte colored head that left a bit of lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee...flavor is similar but has a little sourness and lactic quality as well. Really thin for the style. Not a favorite.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2009
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Another 12oz bottle from Sparky27, thanks Eric. Notched Best by July. Clear deep brown with a 1/2 finger tan head, low retention. The aroma has an off vinegary note--which makes me think. . . . I think Iíve had 3 infected beers from them already. What the hell is the deal? This actually slightly reminds me of JPís Madrugada Obscura--but not necessarily in a good way. Aroma has light roast, a little dark chocolate, and a good amount of vinegar. The flavor is slightly less tangy with an herbal hop addition and light oatmeal. The finish is burnt and chalky--really damn ashy, too-- bitterness at a 2. Minimal carbonation with a light body. Another shitty beer from Nimbus--I think their only beer worth a crap is their English Strong Ale--though I forget the name.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 5, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From Sparky27 via trade. Cola like pour with a decent tan head. Spotty lacing. Aroma of pencil shavings, pepper, lightly roasted malt and some coffee. The flavor is spicy and peppery where it should be roasty and chocolatey. A bit of coffee comes through, but itís the sour, astringent kind. Disappointingly thin mouthfeel. Had higher hopes for this one.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 5, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle from Sparky27. Pour is mostly black with light cordovan highlights, nice full one inch taupe head. Thick lacing as the head slowly falls. Aroma of mild roasted malt, with a hint of some tangerine sweetness and dusty peanut shells. Odd, never smelled that one (peanut shells) before. Taste is flat, old office coffee with some artificial sweetener mixed in. Remarkably, the peanut taste is present in the finish - along with a decent blast of Crystal malt. As this warms, quite a bit of diacetyl reveals itself, certainly detracting. Palate is medium, decently carbonated with a longish dusty finish. Interesting enough beer, similar to the other Nimbus beers, a little but all over the place. Thanks Eric!
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2009
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours thick black with minimal head. Aroma of roasted malt and a hint of oatmeal. Taste is very dry and acrid. There is a tiny bit of oatmeal in the background, but there is no residual sweetness in this beer, and the over-use of roasted malts really kills the taste.