travita (4416) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark color, brown to black, and lattle colored head. The smell is malts, lighter than expected, balanced, but a touch bland. The taste is malts, roast, chocolate, burnt, light, and balanced.
ben4321 (4744) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: Draft at Churchkey, 6/12/11
Aroma: The nose has dark malts, caramel, nuts, roast, and some fruity sweetness
Appearance: This one has a dark brown colored pour with a creamy beige head
Flavor: The taste is similar to the nose, a bit dull at first, but it improves as it warms
Palate: The mouthfeel is smooth and solid, medium bodied, with a fairly short duration
I thought the flavor was slightly behind the aroma, but both were solid (but not great). At first I didn’t really think the flavor was that good, but it improves as it warms. It isn’t an amazing beer, but it’s not bad either.
drpimento (2482) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not bad, not bad. Let the stoneware crock bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a decent, foamy, frothy, slightly thick, tan head that slowly settled down and plenty of lace. Color is a clear, very dark cherry mahagoney with no trails that I could see. Aroma is malt, roast, clay,yeast, dark fresh baked bread. Flavor is similar to nose with a little anise coming out and has good bitter/sweet/tang balance. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and lasts a while. Session if it weren’t so pricey.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, good head with small bubbles. Toasty aroma, and the flavor is of dark toasted malt - a little bitter because of the toast and almost a chocolate taste. Ok, but tough trying to find it outstanding.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml Bottle: Sweet malt aroma with notes of praline, nuts, caramel, slight toasting, and some Earth. Poured dark brown/cola/slight ruby in color with a medium-sized, brown/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Sparkling. Good to very good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes as it smells, of malt, praline, nuts, caramel, and some toasting. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, praline, nut, light caramel finish is sweet. Too much malt; unbalanced.
TheBeerGod (5569) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - swing top ceramic. Pours a darker cola color with a foamy brown head. Nose is roasted malt, toasted caramel, dark chocolate, and light coffee. Taste is roasted malt, toasted caramel, dark bread notes, sweet malt, dark chocolate and almost a hint of tiramisu. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more chocolate, coffee notes, roasted malt, chocolate cake, toasted caramel and burnt wood.
chefelf (55) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice beer with very little head. Dark brown in appearance and malty in flavor. Not at all hoppy. I paired with Rogue Creamery blue cheese and grilled skirt steak. It’s a nice beer but pretty expensive. Good for someone interested in trying limited edition unique beers. Not sure I’d buy a second bottle. I recommend it to beer lovers.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In styles this was all over the map. Looked rather like a stout. Tasted like a cross between a strong and a tripel. A very good beer withal
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of my aunt and uncle, who said they got it at Whole Foods in Alexandria. Served in a snifter.
Pours a moderately-dark brown color with an off-white to tan head with some spotty lacing. The nose brings a bit of lightly-toasted malt with some light nuttiness and a bit of chocolate. Flavor brings some mild hop bitterness plus some lightly-burnt toast and a bit of a nut character. Medium body that seems too thin for the flavors plus some fairly-high carbonation. Not really doing it for me.
Serving type: bottle
zencigar (12) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very little carbonation here. Dark dark brown color. Aroma rich and full of malt and caramel and oak. Tasteis complex and big up front but backs off the gas with a lighter and cleaner finish than you would expect. Not too syrupy, just right.