DrSilverworm (7999) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2013 Sampled at a bottleshare. Black color. Thin dark brown head, fades to a ring. Leaves some lace. Dark fruit in the nose. Honey, cocoa powder. Big body. Creamy, velvety texture. Light carbonation. Bitter sweet taste. Some alcohol warmth in the finish, not at all bothersome. Really tasty - great texture. Nice, unique stuff 8/4/8/4/15
Re-rate, 9/26/13: Sample from a bottle. A bit cloying sweet... Lowered taste score by 1 pt
FatPhil (10092) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
660ml bottle (Snow@ChrisO)
Black, tight tan head. Odd aroma - brazil nuts wth chocolate coating? That and alcohol. Thick creamy palate, a bit fatty and slick. Pretty decent roast, but too sugary.
Scopey (8397) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 bottle at ChrisO Snow Tasting, thanks to Bruce. It pours very dark brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, tar, coffee, dark honey, soy sauce, toasted sesame seed, caramel and espresso. The taste is roasted malt, espresso, earth, burnt wood, dark chocolate, charcoal, toasted coconut and some soy sauce with a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and hides the alcohol well. Not bad, but I dislike the soy-sauce aspect.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged this one about a year and thought it was DAMN GOOD. Pours black with tan head and nearly no carbonation or lacing. It’s thick without being too sweet or syrupy, lots of chocolate cocoa, roasty, hazlenut, and maybe a little anise. Coffee is present throughout, especially in the finish. Very good.
mR_fr0g (4823) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle a Chriso’s tasting 20/01/2013. Black with a big olde tan head. Treacle sweet caramel aroma. A bit boozy. Big bold roast toasty flavour, lingering bitter finish . A little salty soy sauce in there as well. Medium sweet,
Theydon_Bois (11658) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 Bottle, thanks to Bruce at Chriso Snow Tasting 20/01/13.
Light black with a decent tan head that soon clears to the edge sa bubbles.
Nose carries dark roast malts, chocolate, sweet sugars, wood tones.
Taste comprises dark roast malts, light honey, chocoalte, soy sauce, aniseed.
Full bodied with moderate carbonation leading to a dry finish.
Ok but no world beater!
harrisoni (14701) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Chriso Snow Tasting. black beer lasting tan head. choccy roasted aroma. soy sauce. its like a bit of tar bit of booze. its a little sticky. its ok i guess some choc some booze
peteinSD (1429) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sam - thanks! Black pour with a quickly fading tan head. Aroma is thin cocoa, light char, smoke, chocolate, and minimal malt sweetness. Taste is thin cocoa, light hop bitterness, ash, bitter chocolate, and some roast. Thin mouthfeel. Slightly different take on the style. Okay.
brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
2011. Ashy, smokey. Roasted malt blend is good but not great. Nothing to write home about.
DialSquare (3197) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft from a sampler at the tap room. bitter coffee, chocolate, molasses. little warm, toasty, nice balance - heavy on the bitter - good - dries out a bit - 8.0