Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours an opaque black with an initial one finger head that fades really fast. Nose is mild coffee made over a campfire. Palate is smoke, coffee, cocoa and a hint of bitter dark chocolate in the finish. An interesting beer. Mouth feel is thin and feels like a lager but it looks, and to a degree tastes like a mild stout. Nice session beer.
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown to black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted barley, malt and coffee. Flavor of roasted barley, and a little coffee come through with just a touch little malt sweetness to back it up. Lots of flavor in this bad boy, but itís quite refreshing and low in alcohol content compared to itís big brothers. Rejoice, a sessionable beer with awesome flavor.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, well browned, tan colored crown of froth. The beer is an opaque, solid black color that allows no light to come through even when held up directly to the light. Hugely roasted aromatics dominate the nose of this brew; a mix of toasted malt, light espresso (deeply roasted coffee and some light burnt acidity), roasted saltine crackers, toasted whole grain bread. While the roast character is huge in the aroma, it never gets out of control or harsh, and the cracker / bread malt notes are just so inviting and appetizing. A big part of this whole grain cracker character probably comes from the fact that this is from the second runnings of Serpent Stout; it doesnít get astringent in the aroma though.
Smooth tasting and almost devoid of sweetness, large roast character, but a very light beer until you get to the long finish where the malt character sticks to the palate. This beer is most definitely defined by the massive roast character; this tastes burnt, with notes of French Roast coffee, blackened malt, deeply toasted whole-grain crackers & rustic bread, and overly caramelized / blackened maltose all without taking on the strong harshness that so much roast grain could cause (obviously Tomme cares about his mash PH). The burnt acidity here is quite restrained and adds just enough for a nice balancing effect and the sharp, astringent, burnt grain husk character is almost non-existent.
As the beer warms up a bit the malt character picks up a bit of richness, roundness and adds more texture to the body of this brew. It is of course still quite quaffable, but the residual grain sugars start to have a little more influence without adding much sweetness to this brew. The roast character is just too big for any sweetness to come into play. The second pour injects some more carbonation which accents a burnt acidity, so I definitely prefer this with a slight carbonation (luckily a few quick swirls of my glass get this to the right level).
A really nice beer, I am definitely enjoying that this beer does not have any overly harsh flavors, especially since it has such a huge roast character & is the second runnings of a mash. Somehow instead of creating astringent grain husk notes, the fact that this is from the second runnings of Serpents Stout, has given this brew a really interesting, whole grain, cracker character (both in the nose and in the flavor). A superb beer that I canít wait to get more of next year. I could wish that this became a regular part of their line up, but I think that the character would change quite a bit if it did not come from the second runnings, but maybe it would get better. Speaking of which, Serpents Stout is going to have a hard time being more enjoyable than this.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson AZ
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Port Brewing bottle (5%) from Bev4Less. Pretty much black in color. Roasty coffee aroma. Bitter coffee beans. Roasted maltiness. Only a hint of sweetness. Roasted coffee flavors. Slight bitterness. Roasted malty coffee dominate this brew. Pretty good.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2008 A cold pour lifts itís head about midway and like a prarie dog goes back down just about
as fast leaving behind a spattered lace. The color is like used oil. Nice aromas of roasted malts
and leather, a bit on the Belgian side. Full nectar, ample carbonation, and a fluffy cotton texture.
A strong roast component comes screaming at me from the depths of the sea pushing waves of
roasted coffee bean and leather forward. In itís wake follow a bit of steak and herb. The malt
factor is relentless like whale fat flopping on a parched beach. A strong hopsy asprin component
digs in and creates a cool sensation on the palate. The finish is long and bitter roasted.
Itís surprisingly refreshing despite is monsterous nature.
StefanSD (2191) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 650 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that lasted a while. The aroma was strong with coffee, roasted malts and dark fruits. The flavor is well balanced with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, biter walnuts, earthiness and plums. The mouthfeel was full and malty with an astringent finish. Overall: this is a great session beer. recommended.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy light brown head that fades quick. Smells roasty and almost smokey with a hint of dark fruit sweetness. Tastes very dark and malty, roasty with some dark fruit sweetness. Again, almost smokey flavor as well. Medium body, semi-dry with vibrant carbonation.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap @ the brewery. Poured opaque with a small, creamy beige head with little lacing. Lots of aromas of toasted chocolate and caramel malts. A good, very easy drinking Schwarzbier.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. 5% alcohol. Black with no head. Roasty and chocolate aroma and taste with a smooth finish. Quite good.
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft during the Angelís Share release. Dark pour with decent head. Aromas were roasty with some bright fruit. Flavors were similar with a bit of a watered down roastiness. Hops in the finish with just barley some hints of the darkness you can see. Not too bad.