BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 21, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Out of the four, I think is probably the most palatable, and that is not saying much because Iw as not really impressed with any of the four. I think it is a good effort and unique, but way too much of a novelty. Toasted toffee maltiness, slighty bittersweet, the adjuncts are really apparent in this beer. Could have used a bit more carbonation, it is a little flat on the palate.
AmEricanbrew (6427) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown with a thin tan head. Decent mild aroma of molasses and toasted malts. Rich, full mouthfeel. Flavor is tinged with metallic flavors, with toasted malts, coffee, and molasses. The molasses goes well with this porter but not sure where the metal flavor came from. 857
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 (thx 2 Rick)13 months old, tasted on a 4 or 5 small sips, and the rest dumped because of age. Black, thin tan head. Smokey sweet malt aroma, rich roasted flavor, coffee character, lots of licorice, salty, smokey malt bitterness. Would have been better if i was not so nevous about the age.
MiP (14519) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2008
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle, 10 months past BB date. Very phenolic aroma. Very dark brown colour with a red shine. Very small light brown head. The flavour is also very phenolic and has lots of raw liquorice. Late liquorice aftertaste. I seem to be alone in tasting the phenol, but it is nevertheless horrible to me.
omhper (21758) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Bottled. Dark brown, rich h ead. Aroma of cocoa and licoirce. Sweet with burnt malt and plenty of salty licorice. Boldly malty with some molasses. Salty licorice domiante the finish. A bit brash, but interesting.
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice unfiltered stout. Fairly complex, with strong malts and bittersweet chocolate notes. Not much carbonation.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown pour, descent head. Most notable on the nose is the dark roasted malt followed by some chocolate and licorice. I really ennoyed the historical attempt made on this series. Maybe not the greatest beers, but neat concept.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours evony and opaque with ruby highlights when held to light and a thick beige head that leaves good lace. Bold roasty malts, with heavy notes of molasses, prune and floral hops, licorice faintly discernable and smooth chocolate evident. Bitter roasty malts, bitter chocolate, unsweetened licorice, signigican floral hops and astringent black tea make up the flavor. Full body, gentle carbonation. Definitely an interesting beer, enjoyable and my favorite of the SA Early American series.
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2007
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
A nice dark redesh black in color with a medium thick tan head. The aroma is of licorice and a little coffe. The flavor is most definitely unbalanced. All that comes through is licorice. A possible good beer destroyed by to much spice.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Dark mahogany with a tan head. Can’t miss the sweet licorice on the nose, it pretty much overpowers everything else. Lots of licorice and molasses in the flavor, along with dark roastiness, bordering on a burnt flavor. Somewhat bitter finish, seems to me to be malt astrigency, followed by a small dose of resinous hops.
Damn, I had high hopes for this one, despite it’s somewhat low ratings. I appreciate what they are trying to do here, but I’m not sure how they let this one get put into production.