hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler... This beer rocks!… Dense, black pour with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nose offers peaty, smoked, dark malts, fudge and espresso. Full-bodied and fatty with modest carbonation. Sweet, deeply-roasted coffee beans and fudge flavor. Finishes burnt and bittersweet with a kiss of caramel. World class beer shared by biggsbowler!
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared at Lightening Day. Thanks! Pours a nice deeper blackish hue, gentle brownish glow on the bottom and edges. Frothy light brown head dies to a mellow ring, ok lacing with light stick around. Aromas are rich coffee, earthy and roasty with some ash, gentle espresso and faint cocoa. A bit of char, smokiness is richer, earthy, natural and dark cacao. Some touches of sweetness, but quite dry and roasty. Nice darkness, roast and toast. Really rich earthy, smokey coffee presence. Initial is a bit more muted, medium but firm body shows nice roasty. Firmer coffee, cocoa, a bit creamy In the body with some toastiness, roast and espresso. Bakers chocolate meets some caramel, decent body, a touch creamy with some nice roastiness, coffee beans and grounds. Not as intense and smokey as the nose shows. A bit more inviting and creamy, better balance. Middle is a bit sweet and dark, cocoa meets decent coffee, touches of espresso. Backend is still a firm body, some creaminess, vanilla, some gentle coffee and cream, cocoa and toffee. Pretty solid stuff. The noseis incredible, nice roast and smokey rich coffee and cacao. The beer itself falls back a bit, albeit more approachable and drinkable. Some better balance. Nice stuff.
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at pizza boy. Inkier black pour, Weaker tan pour. Nose brings out tar, charcoal, mild smoke, dark cherry. Taste is lactic, near sour dark cocoa powder. Rich and clean. Mild hoppy bitterness. Mild warming alcohol with oily density.
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler thanks to Randall. Dark brown pour with mocha head. Dark roasted malt aromas. Rich roasted malt highlights with tasty caramel and bakers chocolate undercurrents. Good mouthfeel and body with a hint of bitterness from the roasted malts. Impressive..
orangesol (616) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden.
A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film around the edges, leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of dark roasted malt, intense smoke, dulled chocolate sweetness and a moderate amount of coffee. I was expecting a bit more coffee and a little less smoke.
T - Starts off with a big smokey malt kick quickly giving way to hints of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and some more smoke. Finish is pretty roasty, lingering on the palate long after consumption.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, smokey feel with some light sweetness at the end of each sip. Booze shows up toward the end of each sip.
O - I definitely prefer the double coffee version to this one. The coffee is a little weak and the smokiness from the malt is a little overpowering at times. It is worth a try but the double coffee is where it is really at.