barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber from OhioDad, thanks Scott. pretty dark pour with a ruby edge and decent head & lace. aroma and flavors are all about dark fruits: plums, figs, raisins and some licorice and a hint of coffee. a little bit of a dry bite on the finish. overall a very nice winter warmer.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was really into this dark, heavy brew. Pours a deep dark brown...almost black with a dark tan head. Nose of dark fruits such as plums, cherry’s and black berries. A bit of coffee and chocolate as well.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large, light-tan head (some soapiness) over a very dark, reddish brown body...Lots of roasted malts, and dark chocolate/cocoa...some lactose sweetness. This beer is an interesting blend of a stout and an IPA. The hops are pretty bitter in the finish, and there’s a lingering metallic taste to go with it.
notalush (4459) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark ruby, looking black at times unless you hold it up to the light - very thick, frothy head - dry, herbal aroma, with some hop presence and a hint of rye, along with hints of cocoa powder - semi-sweet chocolate up front, soon followed the herbal dryness of the aroma, then some light cherry and dates - a little bit of hop spiciness in the finish - a tiny bit thin-bodied, but fairly flavorful.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown color with dark red hues. The head is strikingly white with nice lacing forming around the glass. The aroma is darker Belgian malts chocolate and breakfast cereal. The little hop bite goes along well with the malt base. Drinking this is just slightly bitter, a dry body. The body reminds me somewhat of guiness in its delicate darker flavors to it without going overboard on body or roasted flavor. Well made, easy drinking, good for a cold night in Milwaukee.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with a medium frothy off-white head. Sweet molassas and caramel aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with some sweet floral hops.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle via trade with FlacoAlto! - Thanks Sebastian! - Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head that stays well and laces the sides of the snifter. Aromas of yeast, black currant, and plums. Flavors of yeast, black currant, plum, raisins, caramel, some figs, and even a little roasted coffee. Full bodied not overly carbonated. Alcohol is covered well. Pretty nice brew..
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep dark brown and a moderate beige/white head and cobweb-like lace. Lots of floaty hop particles as well. Aroma is diryt and yeasty, earthy, light chocolate, and tea and citrus hops. Light chocolate and caramel flavors more yeast and a lightly hoppy finish. Dry finish and an ok mouthfeel. Reminded me of a dirtier version of alpha klaus- hoppy porter like. Doesnt taste 8.5%.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Muddled aroma offers dark fruits, floral blossoms, tangerines, roasted malts, tomatoes, soy, chalk and caramel but is actually not unpleasant. Opaque brown body is topped by a low, off white head that recedes to partial cover with minor patchy lacing. Berries, dark fruits, chalk, roasted malts and chocolate flavours with fairly apparent alcohol. Light medium body is astringent and watery with hard, large bubled carbonation. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with no freshness date.
Poured a blackish, light coffee brown with a small foamy off-white head that settled into a fine lacing.
Aromas of roasted nutty coffee malts and dark ripe fruits, a little medicinal alcohol.
Moderate carbonation and a softly crisp, slickish, smooth light bodied mouthfeel.
Pleasant tasting strong ale, bitter roasted coffee poured over figs and dates, a light apple fruitiness, some toasted nuttiness, a bit of sour candied fruitiness, earthy, herbal hoppiness, a subtle medicinal alcohol, warming in the palate, and a dryish earthy, malty finish.
A good American Strong Ale, nice, easy sipping drinkability, well worth trying.