SSSteve (3379) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
nifty bottle. a black beer with a small tan head. nose is milk chocolate, red fruit, cinnamon, vanilla and touch of sour. a hard one to place in a style. oak comes out a tart/sour red fruit with no vanilla notes. very light notes of cocoa but not sweet. medium body. i donít get it, but the bottle shape is really cool!
tightslice (41) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour from Bottle Cellar A&P in Washington Township, NJ. Pours a dark cherry brown. Sniffs of cherries and wine. Tastes of thick cherries off the tree soaked in molasses. Not too sugary and nice alcohol balance. Reminds me of a darker Innis & Gunn Rum Cask. Impressive and interesting.
Cletus (6182) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown/tannish lasting head. Smells of roasted malt, some burned sugar, dark fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, some coffee, some dark fruit, peppery with some huskiness on the finish.
Jow (1380) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought this for my beloved patriots MNF game. Pours black with nice head and lacing. Nose is of dark fruits. Tastes great of plums, cola, vanilla, pepper, cloves, rum, and earthy goodness. Loved it more than I thought
zathrus13 (1628) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is fruit, malt, caramel, with lesser amounts of chocolate and spices. Flavor is caramel, fruit, chocolate, coffee, oak, an spices. Medium body. Surprisingly good.
Ughsmash (6670) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL (I think) bottle. Poured clear deep brown with garnet highlights and a short, tight-bubbled tan head. The aroma picked up rich darker fruits and figs paired with bakerís chocolate, brandy, and lovely oak.. star anise and related peppery spices accented.. just the right amount of alcohol warmth on the back of the nose.. lovely! The flavor opened with tart oak and peppery notes, with warm, dry-roasted dark chocolates, molasses, and a hint of vanilla rolling in behind.. lots of anise, oak, and fruity yeast on the memorable finish.. really good stuff! Medium-bodied with smooth, rolling carbonation on the palate.. spicy and sour where it needed to be.. this came together very well, and Iíll have to get more.
jeremytoni (2711) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Light toasted malty flavor with a quick finish
michael-pollack (4962) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of Belgian yeast, malt dark ripe fruit, grapes, plums, and some chocolate. Poured dark brown/extremely dark amber/ruby in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan/brown head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, sugar, plum, vanilla, light chocolate, plum, and some Belgian yeast. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, sugar, vanilla, slight Belgian yeast, plum, finish. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
johnnnniee (1499) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a solid dark brown color with a decent khaki head that shows moderate retention and lace. The aroma has a distinct lactic tartness to it that seems to overpower everything else in the nose. Faint hints of chalk and yellow mustard come out. The label says Belgian stout with notes of spice, coffee, chocolate, and oak I wish I could find some of those in the nose! Taste is a bit different than the aroma lead me to believe although it is a bit tart and funky. Deep caramel and brown sugary malt mixed with toffee and hints of chocolate start us out on quite a journey. Midway through we turn lactic with fruity tart and sour notes filling the palette. We finish with a bit of warming alcohol, hints of roasted grains that even show a bit of an ashy edge and a bit of caramel. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a thick sweet tart chalky mouthfeel. Uhm wow this is not the beer I thought I bought, but Iím getting that a lot lately from Boston beer. The nose is extremely lackluster, but the flavor is a huge explosion of ever changing flavors that wake up even the most sedate taste buds. I may have to pick up a few more of these for further evaluation.
thornecb (3645) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black into a snifter. Pancake head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Sour pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Medium bodied with sweet and sour fruit upfront turning to chocolate and oak in the lasting finish.