jkwalking05 (4577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in color with a decent beige head. Aroma is cinnamon, prune, vanilla, chocolate, oak. Taste is of prune, molasses, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, tart cherry.
travita (4841) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The look is brownish dark color, ok beige colored head, and somewhat dark but clear look. The smell is spiced, heavy, cinnamon, chocolate, coffee, and too spiced. The taste is spiced, sweet, yeast, tart, fruit, and chocolate.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle: pours a mostly opaque black with a creamy froth of beige head. Has a sweet dark chocolate and biscuity malty nose with a hint of dark fruits. Body starts with pretty good fullness and light carbonation with plenty of sweet dark caramel and notes of milk chocolate and bittering hop balance. Finishes smooth and bittersweet. Could be a little more complex, but is dangerously drinkable.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a very dark brown with ruddy highlights. The nose has notes of spice, Belgian yeast, and a touch of stewed apple. Dark caramel malt with roasted pear and apple, a touch of cinnamon, and slight yeast notes on the tongue. Light vanilla on the back end. Decent flavor and fairly complex. Nice work Sam.
Pershing (520) - Garland, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Pours jet black with a tan head in a snifter glass. Vanilla and spice aroma. Almost taste like homemade cola. A little on the sweet side with some spritz from the carbonation level and and some molasses. Slight alcohol burn on the palate. Not much hop bitterness but I guess that matches the style. Nice looking bottle. Sweet Sticky finish.
Fielding (58) - - NOV 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty pour. Nice nose but the taste is confused--sort of muddled flavors with a strong alcohol flavor that was unnecessary for the alcohol content. Rather blah.
tallguyinc (8) - Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great flavour. When it hits your mouth you feel a tingling of spice.next is the oak and coffee,finishing with a nice sweet chocolate treat. Well balance and a tasty brew.
thedm (5614) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This corked and caged bottled brew from a rating party poured a head of all foam finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a semi-opaque dark ruby red brown colored body. The aroma was musty and malt hop. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of dark malt and hops. An OK brew just nothing special.
keanex (1762) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No bottling information.
Appearance: The body is pitch black with mahogany through the edges, the head is thick and fluffy on the pour but settles quickly to a tan coating and ring.
Aroma: Nowhere did the description mention any sourness, so Iím a bit taken back here. Iím picking up mostly a sour cherry, slightly medicinal aroma and hints of vinegar, nothing else. It smells good, but itís not what I was expecting.
Taste: Again almost no stout notes, just a cherry medicinal slightly sour taste, maybe a hint of cocoa, and a slight funk on the finish. Where is the cocoa, coffee, oak, or spice in the description? I enjoy this to a degree, but I feel very misled.
Palate: Thick, slightly syrupy, with fizzy carbonation.
Overall: Like I said in the taste section this is incredibly misleading, nowhere does this indicate that this is going to be sour or heavy on the fruits. I was expecting something entirely different. This is okay, but Iím taking away points for Sam Adams not being more direct in itís description.
twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a big tan head.Smell like some spice, vanilla, and a drops of coffee. Taste is lightly spiced, with some coffee notes and of course the chocolate. Very nice beer nice to just sip on