ARH (830) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma starts sweet with a sharp berry, but it fades quickly, revealing earthy dark fruit, and wood notes with a rich molasses, chocolate. honey note and a hint of baked rye bread and grape jelly late. It pours a dark, deep caramel color with a thin soap white head thatís unstable and fizzy, leaving only trace retention and no lace. The taste is a slightly north of medium bitter and a complimentary medium syrup sweet. The texture is slightly chewy, but not thick, with a slick feel and fizzy carbonation. The medium full body is like a molasses cookie with chocolate chips and raisins. It finishes with a zip of rye, chocolate and molasses that leaves a moderate, chocolate syrup aftertaste with hints of bread crust and a light earthiness.
fraternie (909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black licorice and dark malt on the palate. Rough, loamy fecal finish. Something is off here, lingers on a foul note.
airrick2003 (684) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: pours with a medium tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, the beer is black, I don't see much color on the edges either,
Aroma: faint coffee,
Taste: faint coffee, slightly sweet, has a subtle coffee bitterness on the finish,
Palate: full and frothy mouthfeel, minimal aftertaste, average carbonation,
Overall: while not especially flavorful it's got an excellent mouthfeel, sweet but not so sweet that it's not sessionable, oats probably help the mouthfeel
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Christpuncher (1949) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is considered an old ale but I would say a porter. Very smokey and ham flavored. Smells smokey as well. Pours black with a dark tan head. Had out of a bottle at home.
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ajnepple (3443) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Mollyís Spirits. Black appearance with a small tan head that fully dissipates. Aroma of dark nutty malts, cocoa, wheat bread, light honey and toasted grains, molasses and light licorice. Similar flavor, malty and mildly sweet with a light earthy bitterness. Average body, a little thin on the palate.
sherm1016 (1247) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at DMK. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty, toasty, chocolate. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, bread, caramel, light chocolate, light pine bitterness, with a sweet, malty finish. Very reminiscent of a nut brown ale.
nearbeer (4162) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. Unclouded, deep mahogany with a lasting film of bubbles. Nose is whole grain toast, light berry and oat. Tastes of dark bread, toasted nut, dry grass and a long finish of cocoa and honey. Near-medium body has a good balance but a little too much fizz.
Goblincat (391) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark pour. Iím not picking up on a lot of aroma, just something roasted, maybe coffee but Iím not sure. It tastes of watery malt, I think there is some honey and maybe some cherry. It really isnít unpleasant, but also isnít inspiring. The label is great, one of my favorites.
JMerritt (1890) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Bakers chocolate in color with a small white head that is totally diminishing. Roasty barley nose with cocoa powder, rye bread - overall itís pretty faint. Raw grain flavor, a lot of dry bakers chocolate, cola and nutty multigrain bread. I didnít really care for it.
chinchill (2990) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle with a thin layer of sediment on the bottom (mostly added in the pour) served in a Belgian snifter.
Unexceptional appearance: dark brown body with a rather average, semi-durable, head.
Itís not bold but the spicy aroma is unusual, fairly complex and intriguing. Good dark bread base with plenty of dark fruit.
Flavor: moderately strong, lightly spicy, and bready, with hints of dark honey and molasses.
Feel: near medium body with prickly carbonation that seems too high.