Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark, sweet beer of indeterminate origins, this bastard child of backroom malt roasting followed close on the heels of Ooga Ooga!. Mild with a clean bitter finish. Chocolate malt balls detected, along with syrup-drenched nuts and some fruits.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The menu simply calls it a "dark beer." I was expecting a dunkel. But wow -stout black with only a whisper of a tan head, nice lace. Smoky malt aroma. Flavor is smoky, dark fruits, coffee. If they sold it as a porter I would have believed it. Very good.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium, semi-translucent brown in color. Aroma is dry chocolate shavings and a faint trace of tiramisu. In typical flavor fashion, chocolate and roasted malts strive for attention in a gentle fashion. Pecans along with a hint of iced coffee come through to lick the palate as well. Light with low bitterness, and dry, as it should be. Nice, easy going, safe interpretation, yet a solid effort.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Straight from the tanks to our glass. Brewmaster Johnathan Cutler could not have been nicer. Black, thin light tan creamy head. Nose was soft tones of chocolate, grains, and coffee, with lighter hints of raisin. Taste was just about the same with everything coming together very nicely. Light bodied, cask-like carbonation, light coffee and chocolate finish. Would be a perfect session brew...
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured for us straight from the fermentor by thier kickass brewer. Pours black with a thin head. Aroma is roast coffee, slight chocolate, grain. Flavor is roast, chocolate, grain, coffee. light to medium body.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brewery: Deep brown and nearly opaque boby with a small but lasting tan head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of toffee, roasted and burnt malts, coffee, hint of raisin, and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts malt but is never sweet as a hefty dose of bitters , coffee and smoke rush upon the palate. The feel is crisp and displays a slight bite upon the finish. A nice brew and worthy of a try.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught: charred brown body with a nicely sized tan head. Roasted and toasted aroma with a bit of charred wood, burnt coffee, smoke, and chocolate malt. The black malt is actually dynamic: charred on one hand and freshly bitter on the other. Clean, crisp palate, drinkable and enjoyable in just one package. Nice.
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Piece Brewery & Pizzeria. Small tan head that mostly diminished, fine-small sized bubbles, sparse lacing, opaque, and a dark brown hue. Aroma was malty, roasty, some chocolate, and smokey. Flavor was lightly hoppy and malty. Smooth palate. Medium body.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body that approaches black with a moderately sized brown head. Slightly roasted aroma of toasted grains, dark chocolate, light smoke, malt and a bit of licorice. A smooth, creamy body with subtle carbonation makes for an enjoyable drinking experience. The flavors are well assembled giving a nice balance to the various malt aspects. It seems to be rather well attenuated, leaving very little residual malt sweetness. Noble, earthy hops provide just a touch of bitterness at the end. A tasty interpretation of the style.