Scopey (6871) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours darkest brown with a thick off-white head. The nose is dank, quite a lot of soap, fairy liquid, lemon, orange, roasted malt, toast and earth. The taste is roasted malt, toast, varnish, plenty of soap, orange peel, spice and dirt with a dry finish. Medium body and fine, foamy carbonation. Soapy aspect dominates unfortunately.
maneliquor (3116) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle cheers to Leighton. Pours very dark brown with a small, creamy beige head. Nose is a nice balance between ashy/burnt notes and bright citric fruits, a touch spice driven. Taste is very dark and bitter cocoa, heavy ash and burnt undertones with some raw spice and bright mandarin. A hint of smoke towards the finish. Very, very bitter and burnt. Touch too unbalanced. Not bad
Theydon_Bois (8727) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks once again to CDA purveyor Leighton and as a bonus a top up to my OR rates, 09/12/13.
Extremely dark mahogony brown with a moderate light tan covering.
Nose is earthy cocoa, toffee, light pine, touch of hops, faint tropical fruit waftings.
Taste comprises dark malt, light roast, cocoa powder, hint of soap, pine notes.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry grassy hop bitterness and light roast in the closure.
Ok CDA, nothing I’d dash back to tho’ !
Leighton (11034) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - this one I got at that little general store not too far from Hill Farmstead. Pours black-brown with a tight, creamy beige head. The nose holds cakey dark bread, so,e juicy pine, nips of orange. Light to medium sweet flavor with dry, toasty dark bread, pine, rindy citrus, earth, cocoa. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish with lots of chalky baking cocoa, supple roast, burnt toast, dry burnt pine. Not bad.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black with a solid fine quilt of light tan foam. Smells of resin, pine, molasses, coffee and some cocoa. Maybe a touch of soil as well. Taste is burnt malts, bitter hops, some resin, some cat piss, a dab of weed and some hay. Medium bodied with lighter carb than anticipated, with a dry finish (pretty par for the style). This is nothing special - seems in line with the style in the PNW for the black ones.
GT2 (8454) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL from Scion shared by Travlr. Thank you! Pours a clear cola brown with healthy tan foam. Excellent savory, roasted walnut nose with pine sap and bitter chocoalte. Taste is soapy, tangy, heavy nutty bitter, aggressive pine and roast. Palate is richer, not abrasive.
Travlr (11932) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear maroon brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of bright pine needles covered in chocolate and dipped in coffee. Taste is dark bitter cocoa powder, bitter coffee.
radarsock (915) - Vermont, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2013 $4.99 at M & M Beverage Center. 1 pint 6 FL OZ bottle. To snifter, it pours a mahogany deep dark brown, with a trim sudsy, vanilla cream ringed head half a fingernail in length. Aromas of sawdust, limes, asphalt, young French oak, guava, black liquorice, Bible paper, cedar, white grapes, and vitamins. Tastes the same only with the addition of hops, sweat, tin, and salted butter.
Ratman197 (9834) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, charcoal, pine resin, earthiness and dankness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, earthiness, charcoal, pine and light grapefruit with a smooth dry bitter lingering roasty finish.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a dark cream head. Chocolate and grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with light darker malts. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine linger with light darker malts.