Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured fairly deep brown with a short-lived khaki head. The aroma picked up bright, fresh, earthy and sprucey bitterness plus peppery alcohol and rye over buttery chocolates, black patent, and some vanilla.. quite bright overall, and I’m not sure it worked. The flavor found slightly less buttery and very roasty black malts at the core, with scratchy, earthy bitterness and peppery boozage around.. pine showed on the latter half.. finished with a lot of fresh citrus hoppy bitterness and full alcohol warmth.. this got better as the drink progressed. Heavier-bodied with filling, perfectly-adequate carbonation on the palate.. velvety feel across the middle, with heavy hops and alcohol cutting through at the proper times.. this wasn’t great, but it grew on me, and I’d have another.
GODiSSOUTHERN (323) - Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really tasty. Slick mouthfeel. Bittersweet chocolate and espresso. Nice citrusy bright hop feel on the finish.
Tabednar (139) - - DEC 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.18.2011 - Houston, TX
Wonderful celebration to a fantastic brewery. Great rendition of one of my favorite varieties. Just try it!
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz. Thanks Bob! Jet black with very little head. Dark coffee nose, big and toasty. Oily and charred. Sticky thick body. Lots of oily, roasty, gourmet coffee on the mid-palate. Gets dry at the end. Big, dark, heavy, and lovely.
ReggieDunlap (2769) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown/black with ruby hues...medium mocha head. Aroma has dark fruit and tobacco...hint of vanilla. Flavor has a bit more vanilla...very roasty with burnt toffee and slight smoke...definite dark fruit. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy with a roasted warming dark fruit finish.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown, large coffee bubbles linger against glass, wispy head. Nose is heavy plum and sugar, light bakers chocolate, lightly over-bubblegum estery. Flavor a bit more cocoa and salt, lightly syrupy through mid with a bit of cookie at the finish, bit more salt as well.
bhensonb (9814) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for this one! Pours black with a very slight tan head - very transient head. Rich, roasty, toffee, burnt malt in the aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is rich burnt malt with treacle/toffee. Quite a good sipper. I have no idea how to describe the colossal hop component. But this finishes nicely bitter as well as treacle. Dang good stuff.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
355mL thanks to blutt59. Deep mahogany pour with a healthy, mocha head diminishes quickly. Thick formation. No lace. Nose is quite nice: cedar, piney hops, cocoa, vanilla, small red apples, savory iodine/nori, big kalamata olives. Taste is silky, richer, nice cedar component, bitter hoppiness. Very soft palate with excellent bitter dark chocolate to balance. The right direction for this style. Silky and hoppy rather than super sweet maple and vanilla adjunct. Good stuff.
DalzAle (1842) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to CLevar. Dark brown pour, lasting lacing and an aroma of chocolate and raisins. Flavor is also chocolate, some green peppers and slightly boozy. Thanks Caleb!
CLevar (375) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hopper, thanks! Dark brown pour with a light brown/mocha head, diminishing, with no lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, light smoke. Taste is light roast, lots of coffee, bitter chocolate, slight hop character lending a nice bitterness to the back end. Slightly thin for the style. Not bad.