olio (8987) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Beer Revolution, San Francisco.
Pours pitch black color with small head. Aroma of dark ripe fruits, caramel and dark malts. Flavour of dark malts, some sugar, dark ripe fruits and caramel. Sweetish malty palate with a mild sourish twist.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Serving: draft at Fire Works Leesburg. Pours black with a light tan head. The nose has light dark fruit and roast notes. The flavor has notes of earth, roast, bubble gum, musty yeast, and stone fruit. Medium body with soft carbonation. Tasty.
Updated tasting: A 750 ml bottle from Total Wine Sterling. The nose smells of old shoes and cola. The flavor has a strong anise note with notes of cola and musty hops and malt. Not appealing at all and a drain pour. Proof positive that this brew doesn’t age well at all. I’m leaving the rating the same based on the draft version.
andyburnette (26) - - JUL 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark sweet malt taste. Good head retention. Clear fruit presence, most notably cherry. Slight hop flavors. Moderate alcohol finish.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Tyler’s in Raleigh. Dark, not quite black with a big, fizzy head. A delicious combination of black licorice, brown sugar, and dark chocolate. Tons of flavor with a sharp carbonation that cleans the palate, making it easy to drink.
daknole (10836) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brownish pour, light head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, some yeast, cherries. Flavor is fruity, yeasty and a hint of licorice. Good brew.
DiarmaidBHK (4151) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours black with a thick khaki head that leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Notes of caramel, bread, and raisin on the nose. Big malt and raisin on the tongue. Wears its nearly 9 percent easily. Finishes clean. Solid!
magsinva (1100) - Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from DiarmaidBHK - pours a deep black with a finger of tan head, some lacing. Aroma has dark fruits, malt, and some caramel. Taste is bitter sweet, some alcohol on the dryish finish.
Radek Kliber (7086) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 750 ml
Aroma: rounded, mellow , hint of alcohol heat. Fruity warmth with mild pepper, touches of vanilla. Slightly sugary ending. 7-
Appearance: hazed brown, medium beige creamy head. Presentable.
Palate / Taste: medium bodied. Slight tartness, mellow mid, slightly yeasty character, medium low carbonation. Dry hop element. Fruity cherry like dryness at finish.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown color. Dark tan head, foamy, and long lasting. Fruity nose, with cherry, blackberry, chocolate, and caramel. Malty character, with dark fruits of cherry, plum, and raisin, along with some bitterness in the finish.
jjgmd (1960) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep rich dark chocolate with a magnificent head. Nose is yeasty and malty. Taste is yeasty with hints of chocolate and malt with the alcohol breaking through. Finish with the same flavors with a moderate duration. Nice BSA.......Quaff Score 8 / 10... nice sipping beer over dessert.