DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
another winner from RR...but not one of their usual offerings. i know this is a black ale...but it was much more like a schwartzbier. i didnt get a whole lot of belgian yeastiness...if anything it seemed to have a clean yeast profile. a lightly sweet with a nice roasty finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Russian River (I still love saying that). Poured a very dark brown-black color with an off-white head. The aroma is of sweet roasted malt with yeasty esters and a hint of coffee. The flavor was semi-sweet with roasted malt and a Belgian yeasty character. Coffee on the finish that mixes with some floral hops. Medium bodied.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at RR 2/18/08. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. Fizzy off-white head that fades quick and leaves minimal lace. Smells of dark overripe fruits and malts. Also smells somewhat toasty. Taste is dark malty, not toasty dark, just dark. Somewhat sweet and dark fruity as well, plums maybe. Medium body with nice carbonation.
AgentSteve (1627) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 On tap @ the brewery. Pours almost black with halo of an off white head. Nose is a bit hoppy and dried fruit. Flavor is sweet malt, raisin and a subtle hoppiness with a slight smokey finish. Nice mouthfeel, also.
DenverLogan (811) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with small head. Aroma is minimal. Somewhat like a schwarz bier but with slight unsweetened chocolate, blackberry, bitter nuts, red wine notes and bittersweet cocoa.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Dark mahogany, moderate head. Nice texture on the tongue, very thoroughly covering all the taste buds but not overwhelmingly so. Jeez, that was the least inspired sentence I’ve ever used in a rating. Well-balanced with some nice malts. Chocolate tones, tobacco-grass aroma. Firm mouthfeel, good stuff.
ABUSEDGOAT (2413) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, roast, moderate hops, spicy Belgian yeast. Medium to light body, relatively high carbonation. Cool idea, but wasn’t loving the beer itself.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots and Lots of ripe dark fruit wine very winelike characteristics. The nose leads into a very soft clean and underwhelming body. roasted and bready flavors come thru up front with a very mid palate that falls off too quickly.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear Mahogany brown with a thin lasting film of a head. Aroma is woody, white wine, oak, light diacetyl, tart and tannin like with some herbal hops. Woody and wine-like, tannins, grapeskin, nutty malts, earthy and spicy hops, some solventy phenols. Ok finish and mouthfeel. Not too great though.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Hopdog. Poured medium/dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma was carmel, dark fruits, and mild molasses. Flavors were red grapes (mostly skin), carmel, mild coffee, and subtle smoke.