sonnycheeba (2543) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours opaque black with average, fizzy tan head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted and caramel malts, vanilla, dark coffee, chocolate, plums, and woody notes. Flavor is smooth, roast malt forward with supporting dark fruit esters, vanilla, and light earthy hops; smoothness transitions to an espresso flavor leaving a dry, ashy finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft… Pours clear and dark with flashes of crimson and a small, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The bouquet is nutty, caramely, and chocolaty with a generous measure of vanilla. Full-bodied and creamy with lazy carbonation. The flavor leans a touch toward the charred, bitter side of balance - roasted malt sweetness is narrowly surpassed by black malt and hop bitterness. There are gentle nuances of cocoa and vanilla as well. The lengthy finish is burnt, bitter and a touch boozy.
Derek881 (917) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had a 4oz sample of this beer at the 2012 Frederick Beer Festival. The beer had a dark brown/black color with a big creamy dark tan head with good retention and lacing and average cling. Its aroma featured toasty malt, caramel, some chocolate and toffee tones and a earthy component. The beer was sweet and malty with a touch of chocolate and very subtle bitter component. The beer was wet and smooth, a bit creamy and thinnish, and had low carbonation.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head like soap, clear black. Cocoa and vanilla present but not significant. Smooth and woody. Decent.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, soapy white head, nice bubbles. Cocoa nib strong in nose, light roast. Very sweet flavor, balanced vanilla and cocoa nibs with a wonderful husky bitterness through the finish. Nice stuff, very balanced and not overly sweet, rather coherent in fact if a little straightforward in mix.
nimbleprop (3918) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler, pours a nearly opaque, oily black with a cloudy, tan head. Nose is coffee, vanilla beans, sweet, sugary. Flavor is sweet, like a vanilla milk shake, coffee beans, caramel. Full bodied, sweet finish. A little too cakey.
Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of scraff, thanks very much. Sweet, thick and creamy, not bad if you enjoy the sweetness.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler, thanks scraff. Small beige head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, strong coffee, light bittersweet chocolate, faint vanilla. taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, light nut, vanilla. Low carbonation, some stickiness, medium-full body.
GT2 (7108) - Riverslime, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of scraff. Poured a clear brown to black with ruby highlights. Excellent tan head leaves spotty lace everywhere. Aroma is cookie dough, milk chocolate, vanilla, spicy hops. Taste is rich, velvety chocolate, big vanilla and cocoa butter. Rich, oily palate. Good stuff.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Chocolaty roast aroma. Very sweet flavor with prominant cocoa and apple notes and a bitter finish. A bit sweet for my taste.