probstblueribbon (2942) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle from the brewery, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. At least two years old.
App.: Deep brown-black with a fair light mocha head.
Aroma: Strong, thick, oily brown sugar, molasses, licorice, black coffee and dark chocolate, somewhat fruity, lighter milk chocolate as well, lovely.
Palate: Medium body, moderate effervescence.
Flav.: Still fruity with lots of grape jelly, less of the deep, rich oily malts found in the nose, still a fair amount of licorice, some molasses, less chocolate, a touch vinous and woody; kinda sweet with just enough bitterness, some coffee to finish.
The flavour can’t match the palate, but still very tasty, particularly for its age.
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nearly a gusher. Over carbonation leads to a sizable but large-bubbled cola-looking head that stays around longer than is welcome. Nearly pitch black body. Nose: lactic chocolate milk balls, ash, roast, soft, melted milk chocolate all covered by the small but noticeable scent of isovaleric acid. Medium thickness, some chewiness and sweetness up front, drying considerable over the middle, leaving an ashy and parched finish, uncomfortable and unflavorful. Heavily astringent, excessively roasty and sulfuric in the same way that charcoal and a recently extinguished match turn the nose. Not good.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle- A deep black letting no light through, with a frothy mocha head that leaves good lace. Nose of roasty coffee, toasted malts, some dark chocolate, cocoa powder, like sweet coffee with khalua added. tastes weak in comparison to aroma. Coffee and dark chocolate, sweet cocoa, but that is about it. No real hint of the ABV, which is nice, but the body gets thin, and is taken over by sweet roast flavours. Creamy, if a bit thin in the finish. Good.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz via trade a ways back shared with smokepot23 and others today at Alesmith. Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and malty. Taste is sweet, malty and just ok.
beernbourbon (1309) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to OKbeer. Pour is black with meium brown head. Only slivers of brown visible at perimeter. Aroma is roasted malt, brown sugar, milk chocolate, hints of coffee, distant hops, and tobacco. Aroma is very creamy and mellow. Flavor is roasted malt up front with notes of coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar. Not as sweet and rich as I was anticipating. Light smokiness and tobacco also detectable. Finish is long and bitter with a distant hop flavor and some coffee-like aftertastes. Probably not the best beer to drink on a day when the heat index was 103, but it’s light enough and the alcohol is hidden enough that it was still enjoyable.
after4ever (6166) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Liquid Sunshine V. 12-oz., capped and foiled. Thanks so much, Explosivebeer--what an awesome surprise! Pours jet black. Very faint rubied highlights. Headless and laceless. Big chocolate and roast on the nose. Creamy medium body. Chocolate, roast, dark fruits, and a bit of black bread on the mid-palate. Mild chocolatey finish.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with no head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, yeast, cream.
Taste is chocolate, dried fruit, caramel, light smoke, lacto.
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black. No real head. This beer has a meaty, cheesy richness like the counter at Oyama Sausage in the Granville Island market. I probably should have used a Halifax reference, I know. There’s a gorgeous dark fruit note with a nice nutty malt accent. It’s a shade thinner than I’d like in the body but the dark fruits and sweet malts are very nice. It’s got a nice, fairly bright character, but the aroma promised more richness and in that respect I felt a little let down.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another gift from Daknole!!!! Nice beer, pours dark brown with scant but lasting brown head. Thin and light-looking. Some fruitiness like blackberry in the flavors. Dessert-like, rich creamy and sexy.
daknole (9222) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from jerc. Thanks! Black pour, smallish light brown head. Aroma has lots of toasted malt, some coffee, prunes and molasses. Flavor has some nice chocolate and molasses notes. Full and creamy mouthfeel add to the beer. This is an enjoyable beer.