GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in as an opaque black in the glass with a huge rocky tan head that shows great retention. The cap lasts throughout and leaves big clumps of lacing. The aroma is very unique and has a big chocolate malty base in the nose but with tons of sweet, tart fruit and some Belgian yeast as well. There’s also a slight coffee bitterness in the smell as well. The taste starts with an interesting tart fruitiness with Belgian yeast on top of it. However, it finishes with a very porter-esque malty chocolate flavor with another sour pop in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied and dry with lots of carbonation. This is a truly unique brew from Pisgah and a take on the style that I’ve certainly never experienced.
hayduke (3081) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Shaun and Angie for bringing this one all the way from North Carolina. From a Corked and Caged bottle this opened with a nice pop, and poured a very dark color with a big creamy head and thick lacing. Very attractive for a dark beer. Nose was of ripe fruit and sour yeast, an interesting combination. Mouthfeel is carbonated and a little fizzy. Flavor is very complex, with coffee, chocolate, ripe fruit, burnt wood, and something sour. Finish is sour. Alcohol shows in the finish as well. A very different and interesting beer.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Sam for this one. Brown bodied with a tan head. Aroma is weak but is sugary and shows some cola. Flavor is of chocolate, metal, and yeast. Nice light easy body.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle, Feb 2008. The pop was so loud from the cork that I thought they were shooting outside....Anyway, this beer poured black with large frothy/fizzy head. The aroma was of light wood and malt mixed with sour yeast. The taste was the same some light dark fruit flavors. Reminds me of Gonzo. Fizzy on the palate, also made me feel rather bloated.
nearbeer (3289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml, Feb 2008 vintage. Opaque black with a huge head that settles to a lasting, creamy brown icing with sugary lace everywhere. Aroma is bread dough, bubblegum, earthy-woody yeast funk, and alcohol. Flavor is at first mostly alcohol and Belgian yeast: sour cherry, earthy-metallic spice, and yeasty sourdough. But the roast kicks in a bit later with some depth: slight coffee, cocoa, wood, prune, maybe some char and sour cream. Medium-heavy body is creamy smooth, dry and alcohol-tingly. Nearly too much funky-sour yeast flavor, the alcohol is a bit too evident for 9.5%, and the flavors just donít mesh well for me. But this is still appreciated as an interesting, complex-flavored brew.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from ucusty. Thanks dude. Dark brown with a bubbly floating layer that doesnít seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Sweet roast, dark fruit, yeasty esters in the aroma. Super duper carbonated. Flavors of roasted malts, dark/sour fruits, chocolate, then a burst of spicy Belgian yeast that creates an interesting fruit quality. An earthy bitterness follows and some roast, yeast, and chocolate linger. Only a little hot on the palate after I breath everything out. This is one unique and interesting brew.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from kp. I thank you sir! Expiration date of 2015. How cool is that!?! Pours dark brown with a small head that has persisted as a thin layer on top of the surface of the beer for about an hour now. Rich aroma of dark fruits and toffee. Taste is very strong rum soaked fruit with a bit of grain/roasted malt. Thick and tongue-coatingl. Very, very nice.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. corked bottle on 5/20/08. Foamy light brown head settles in over a deep mahogany pour, and proves to be quite sturdy and durable, even if the lace is on the slippery side. Dark fruitiness on the nose, some chocolate, bready yeast, and a hint of earthiness as well. Medium body and carbonation, softly dry on the palate, pleasing creamy smoothness.
Nice rounded maltiness up front, chased by a tangy bitterness in a well balanced finish. Alcohol is a subtle feature throughout. Easy drinking and well crafted, makes me proud to be from NC!!!
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of durhambeer. Pours dark brown with a diminishing tan head. Smells of cherries, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses. Tastes dry and roasty with a tarte kick to it. Lots of okay hints and a chewy mouthfeel. This is just a really good beer that stretches the stylistic boundaries and brings them to new places. Excellent!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark pour with huge tan head... overcarbonated, really. Sweet, malty, sour, complex nose... lots of brown sugar. Really lovely. More of a baltic porter on the palate... a little roasty, greasy, some milk and chocolate, cola, but Belgian sugar, too. A great and unique beer from Pisgah.