jjgmd (1400) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, with Zach, of course. Pours a deep dark reddish brown color with a very small head. Nose is strikingly cocoa, mocha, vanilla bean and some background allspice. Taste is sweet chocolate espresso, mocha and cinnamon. Full of flavor with a nice complexity and mix of ingredients. Finishes on sweet chocolate notes. Delicious. Kudos to the brewers, and to the end of myeloma and breast cancer ! Quaff Score 8 / 10
zgaier (1357) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a red brown with a tan head and aroma of spices, cinnamon, and chocolate. Taste is of cinnamon and spices up front with cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt into the sweet, roasted finish. Delicious brew
GSH1976 (207) - Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the last beer from the Shmaltz holiday gift pack. It is similar to several of the other beers in that it is very unique and hard to describe.
Pours a very murky dark brown with a hint of ruby with a little khaki colored head. Aroma is different than I can remember having with a little cinnamon, some roast, and some odd fruitiness. Taste is tart with a mild coffee flavor, some dark fruit notes, and a little roasted malt. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a dry finish. This beer tastes like a bunch of ingredients were put together and the resulting flavors do not complement each other.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle into a pint glass, from notes.
A: Pours a dark ruby color with a one finger mocha-colored head. The latter has a nice creaminess, which allows it to leave some nice lacing on the glass.
S: Wow. Nice. Tons of vanilla and chocolate make itself known immediately, with an underlying tone of brown sugar. The coffee really comes out strong when allowed to warm up.
T: At first, it’s slightly chocolaty. Then BOOM! Coffee hits the palate hard. Normally, this would be great, but the coffee here is stale and vegetal. There are also hoppy and vanilla hints hanging around the finish. Shame about the stale coffee, because this is pretty decent otherwise.
M: Light and fairly crisp, and quite dry. The coffee’s really going to work on the palate, giving this beer nice drinkability, even without the presence of assertive carbonation.
O: Not bad, but it could have been so much more if the coffee here was ’fresher’. Incidentally, my friend who I drank this with enjoys stale coffee, meaning he loved it. YMMV, natch.
SudsMcDuff (5804) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from bottle in sugarland on the steps of city hall .. . dark chestnut amber .. strong head, mild lacing .. . fruit, instant coffee, and mild mexican vanilla milk .. . pretty good but a bit plain .. . . i’ve never seen a pigeon...
BrettTaylor (472) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle in cellar (52F) into snifter. Pours a moderately dark brown, with khaki head. Head is fairly resilient and leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma - in one word, I’d say confused - coffee (old), dark red fruits, a touch of cinnamon - the nose is somewhat off-putting immediately after opening. Taste - really complex, dark fruits, smoke, coffee, something a little tart. There’s almost a flavor of roasted hot peppers mid-palate and during the finish. The finish is long and really dark and you can taste a bit of the cocoa nibs and it’s still a bit spicy. I really don’t know what to think of this but I wouldn’t go out of my way to taste this again.
Blairgus (2586) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
14 feb 2014, bottle. Murky brown. Nose is coffee and rather acidic. Sugary coffee/mocha, dry coffee grounds finish. Something slightly unusual here. I wonder if it's the cinnamon. Maybe it's a bit stale. Ok.
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kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(StLCoB tasting) deep brown with off white head. Aroma of vanilla and cocoa. Flavor is coffee, cocoa, some vanilla.
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish brown. Lots of different flavors trying to come through here and it doesn’t really work that well. Maybe cinnamon chocolate? Not crazy about this one.
Gerbeer (1721) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany with light head. Spicy aromas of chicory, cinnamon, and raisin bread. Flavors of cinnamon, coffee, tobacco, and roasted malts. Quite spicy up front but mellows towards the end. Interesting.