brokensail (12509) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The pour from bottle to pint glass is black with about one finger of tan colored foam.
S: The aroma is almost solely roasted malt with perhaps a touch of earthy hops.
T: Like the nose, the primary player in the flavor is the roasted malt. There is a slight acidity to the beer which lends it an almost sour flavor. A slight bitter and smokiness is present also, but at times is overwhelmed by the acidity.
M: The body is quite good, especially for what most people generally expect from a lager. The carbonation is very lively.
D: Definitely an easy drinker in terms of alcohol "punch", but the acidity/sourness detracts somewhat from the drinkability.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2008
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Bottle, courtesy of Swalden_28) Pours a brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, molasses, and maple. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and a quite displeasing buttery taste (DMS).
argo0 (11972) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, thanks nimbleprop. Small beige head atop lightly hazed dark brown-red body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, light seltzer. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, some lager yeast sour, caramel. Light-medium body, low carbonation.
Ratman197 (10896) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of cocoa, light roastiness, light licorice and a hint of vanilla. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of cocoa, roastiness, light earthiness and a hint of vanilla with a crisp lingering cocoa finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: March 14, 2009
Source: Ticker Tasting
Appearance: clear dark brown with ruby highlights, sudsy lace
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma with light roasted, light earthy hops
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of caramel sweetness, only a hint of being beat with the house tart stick, balancing earthyness, light bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (10612) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear black with a small, fizzy tan head, low retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, chocolate, caramel), light hops (woody), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of smoke and prune. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, chocolate, toasted), light hops (woody), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of smoke and prune. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.
Dogbrick (9181) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. The beer is a dark brown color with some red around the edges. Medium thick beige head that recedes quickly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Roasted malt and cocoa in the nose. Medium body with flavors of lightly roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. The finish is creamy with a milk chocolate and toasted malt aftertaste. Decent overall.
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 01/10/2005
Mid brown coloured with some alcohol present. Rich on the palate. Fruity slightly roast finish.
3fourths (8498) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark brown or even purple hues with light at the edges of the glass. Has a bad sour hay and mold aroma, with a bland, flavorless moldy harshness. Bad in so many ways.
deyholla (7720) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours near black/dark brown with a light brown/grayish head that lasts. Aroma has lots of dark malts as well as a nice roasted note. Flavor begins a bit weak, but dark roasted malts build throughout with a bit of caramel.