Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a dark and inky chestnut color, showing some coppery translucency at the edges when backlit. A small, smooth head of dark beige foam clears out quickly, leaving only a thin outer ring. Tiny wet spots of lace are few and far between, and even they mostly rejoin the body. The nose is very fruity, suggesting of caramelized figs and dates over a bed of semi-sweet cocoa roast. Yeast lends a milky element, matching the cocoa nibs nicely. Vanilla adds a hint of spicy sweetness, while the pepper brings just a subtle wisp of capsaicin. The flavor is quite lactic. The yeast, vanilla, and cocoa do a good job of mimicking chocolate milk in the malt base. Caramelized fruit and roast lend depth and some balance, while the pepper adds just a touch of warmth. Itís nicely crafted, if not just a bit too sweet for me. The palate sports a medium-plus body, with round, milky sugars and slightly above moderate carbonation. Some heat lingers after the swallow. Interesting brew, overall. Pretty much a Hunahpu clone in a much smaller brown ale body.
obguthr (3319) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark roasted grain and barley malt. Roast beef accents are also present. Garnet brown, almost black, thick tan head, nice lacing. Primarily meaty flavor with kibble overtones. Subtle chocolate notes are detected. Rustic, dirty finish of bark and charred oak. Alcohol not noticeable. Full bodied, big brown ale, not hoppy, malt bomb. Itís like an imperial southern english brown ale, but I doubt weíll ever see that as a sanctioned style. Great beer for people who enjoy this type of thing. Would be a fantastic compliment to beef stew, which Iím suddenly craving despite my plans to eat dinner at my cityís annual seafood festival. Best of the Reunion series so far.
1FastSTi (3235) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours to a super deep cola colored body with a tall foamy tan head. The aroma is cocoa and vanilla with a light spicy heat. The flavor is tons of cocoa nibs with sweet vanilla milk and a light spice and pepper. The palate is peppery and medium bodied and creamy.
beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a mostly clear deep reddish brown with a moderate tan head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. No aroma to speak of except for maybe a few wisps of malt and thatís about it. The flavor is thankfully much different and is filled with rich malt and lots of cocoa. Some vanilla coming through as well. Mild bitterness at the finish. Iím not getting any of chili peppers at all.
onceblind (3194) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a light khaki head, pretty big too. Aroma was chocolaty peppers with some mild oak tones. Pretty big palate, coating and complex. Iím getting big tones of deep earthy malt with some cocoa nibbs backing it up. Very light vanilla creeps up just before crushed red pepper chases it away. No real heat spice. Finishes slightly sweet with a little hop bitterness I could have done without. Not really as chocolaty or vanilla-y as I expected. Shame.
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown to black at the Richmond 17th. Aroma is lightly chocolate. Flavor is loads of vanilla, a touch of chocolate. More vanilla. And more vanilla. A bit over the top with that element. Very faint hint of spice on finish.
Ernesto987 (3041) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
weak, way way too chocolately, couldnt really taste anything else, and moo-hoo was so good. Whoops
thegreenrooster (2982) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and heavy malts with a bit of chocolate. Flavor is at first a nice chocolate with a little vanilla aftertaste. I donít get and chili pepper but Iím Ok with that. Finish has some creamy chocolate covered vanilla ice cream. Decent beer for a low price and a good cause.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rating #15. Clear and very dark brown, medium tan head. Very toasty, almost burnt aroma and a bit of coffee maybe. Sweet and slightly burnt flavor, toffee and caramel, very different beer. (1876)
Palidor19 (2847) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
a classy beer, with many layers. highly malty with a a strong nuttiness and a deep chocolate presence. this is a great beer with a slightly hoppy end but not too much.