phaleslu (7108) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a deep, almost brown copper color with a finger of creamy tan head that leaves trailing lace in the glass. Notes of chocolate, caramel, dried leaves, earth, nuts, toast, and a little underlying grassiness. Light-bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a smooth, earthy mouthfeel. Smooth and easy drinking.
DrSilverworm (7805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2014 10oz pour on tap at Dilly Cafe. Labeled 6.8% on their menu. Pitch black color. Good thin brown head. Couple bits of lace. Medium body. Smooth, kind of soft carbonation. Very dry finish. Lightly sharp texture to it. Interesting aroma to this... Kind of musty, some toasted malt, coffee, bit of dark fruit, little cocoa.. Weird lingering something in the finish, like I’ve got something stuck in the back of my throat.. Maybe some oxidization-type flavor? Some musty metallic, at least... Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. OK dark lager, not great... Kind of spicy, light bite to it. Hard to do more than sip this. Has a rough, dry finish. I would have struggled to finish this is if I went for a pint. Gets a little better as it goes, though, as the soft carbonation mellows out a bit, a nice, more chewy texture starts to show. 6/4/5/2/9
Re-rate 12/5/14, on tap at the brewery: Very dark brown color. Thin brown head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Nice chocolate, good coffee aroma. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of creamy carbonation, and a lightly dry finish. Moderate bitter taste. Lighter sweet. Wonderful, tasty stuff. Drinks kind of like a coffee porter. Glad I had a chance to rerate this... Night & day difference. The keg Dilly had must have been way past it’s prime.
columbustaster (34) - Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at woodlands tavern. Pours a chestnut color with beige head, sparse lacing. Faint spicy aroma. Somewhat sticky on the palate. Taste is roasted malt, smoked almonds, toffee and fishes with a sweet flavor(maybe chocolate milk) and a bitter punctuation right at the end. I like it.
brewOH (2) - - NOV 10, 2011 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Vulcan Dark Lager is an absolute favorite. Available on tap now, it will make its way into bottles in the future. Smooth, easy to drink, just bitter enough. All chocolate and coffee goodness.
Dogbrick (8991) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at the brewpub, served in a really cold glass. The beer pours a dark brown color with a thin and foamy beige head that diminishes quickly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Mildly nutty aroma with a trace amount of malt. Medium, smooth body with flavors of toasted malt, caramel and nuts and mild hops in the background. The bartender said the beer was between 8-10% ABV but I was not getting that at all. The finish is sweet and malty up front with a light bitter hops flavor left behind. Average overall.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
the woody chocolate color of chokecherry bark, with reddish salients. in a pint glass and bar room atmosphere, i often find the aromas difficult to locate-- whether it's competing odors or the product being aroma-challenged isn't easy to determine. probably both. the most striking difference between the beers i sampled at this brewpub seemed to be the color, so "full body" apparently is not the principle characteristic the brewer was shooting for. this one is light bodied, and moderate roastiness is it's most conspicuous aspect. there are the faintest vestiges of candy-wrapper chocolate, dry graininess over old coffee, a hint of cherry perhaps. some hop registers, but without a sufficient malty foundation, even this moderate bitterness seems metallic.