MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
120z bottle thanks to BeerTracker (BA site). Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The nose had some roasty malt but was overwhelmed by vinegar. Ugh! Did not like the aroma. Taste too was of roast malt and some nuts, but still too much oily vinegar. Blech! Mouthfeel was medium-to-thin and even a bit of dryness in the end. Was not impressed.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12-oz. Thanks, Skoi! Pours black with a thin dark head. Thereís caramel, molasses, and black bread maltiness in the nose, and these all come back for the mid-palate. Bodyís thin, maybe even watery, and a bit fizzy. No hop balance to speak of, at least not that I am tasting. Fairly well uninspired.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. By far, the best of the 4 beers from this brewery that I sampled. Aroma of barkers chocolate, roasted dark malt, black liquorice and fennel. Pours dark, dark brown with rich amber highlights and a frothy khaki head. A tad lean on the palate. I was hoping for a little more body. Bitter and slightly astringent roasted malt, earthy hops, anise, bakers chocolate with a disappointing watery finish.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz Bottle. Pours a very attractive deep black color with a nice looking tan head that disappears a little too quickly. It has a little bit of a different nose. It has some good roasted malt notes mixed in with that cook corn aroma. Lots of toasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Leave a bit of a funky mouth feel in the aftertaste. Itís almost like a "thin" porter. It doesnít make me crave more. Overall, not bad, but not great.
valpoaj (594) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours black with a reddish tint with a ridiculously thick light tan head. Head dissipates VERY quickly. Odd aroma...some roasted malts, some caramel, but something odd and spicy in there, though it doesnít seem to work with the rest of the aroma to me. Flavor is very tinny and metallic. Bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, some heavily roasted malt and some roasted nuts, but this just tastes like Iím licking a piece of metal as I drink it. Shallow on the palate with not much aftertaste. Seriously wondering if this is a bad bottle, so Iíll re-rate after I try another...
tkimbrought05 (37) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 16, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured dark amber color, still got some light through. Fizzy tan head. Strong coffee taste with a slight smokey aftertaste. Very heavy on the toasted malts but light on the palate. I was expecting more from this beer, so I was a little disappointed just because of presumptions. Still not a bad beer.
swanmann (520) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured near espresso color with moderately sustained tank head and good lacing. Some yeast settling to the bottom. Mild toasty chocolate aroma, but also something very sweet, almost fruity. Bitter, toasty, dry with medium thin body.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of soonah. Pours dark brown with a thin off white head. Smells of roasted malt, molasses, some caramel. Tastes of lightly bitter chocolate, some roastiness and sweet malt. Nice roasty finish.
IrishBoy (3686) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Soonah; Nose of chocolate, with caramelized sugar and a light coffe note; clear dark brown with a big straw head; flavor has coffee, molasses, a little hop bitterness, and some peppery spiciness. Not as good as Black Bavarian but quite a good one!
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured with a cola-like consistency and color. Virtually no head, more of a loose collection of tan bubbles that meandered across the top of the beer. No real lacing. The aroma was mild chocolate, lightly roasted malt, sugary caramel and some faint hop spiciness. The flavor was dominated by the smoky, roasted malt and sugary sweetness. Some chocolate and light herbal hoppiness to boot. Thin bodied with a non-offensive mouthfeel.