GTAEgeek (775) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 mL bottle. Dark brown, with a little ruby notes and a small, tan head. The aroma is heavy caramel, pine, peat, and a little black bread. Roasted sweetness up front, with a mellow sour and bitter finish. Medium body, sticky and a little acidic. Overall, this beer has a surprisingly complex nose, but the palate is weak. Not bad, though.
AndyW68 (393) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Was not expecting this. Nice dark brown with tan head. Aroma of sweet malt. Taste of sweet roasted malt and caramel. Good surprise.
queenholly (1853) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Toasty brown sugar malt aroma. Clear chestnut with a moderate tan head. Toast, brown sugar, molasses flavor. Medium body, lively carbonation. Not too bad.
rumproasts (1033) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. Brown with small head. Light bodied and sweet with lots of roasted malt and caramel. Ok.
jerkane (6) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Molasses aroma. Deep red color, light head. Unexpected light texture with molasses flavors.
Cousin_Larry (36) - - FEB 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Newcastle - like beer. Sweet aroma of molasses, nice pour, taste is excellent (but maybe a little watery). A very good beer.
drowland (4992) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2013
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
1/31/13. 330mL bottle from JP Henley’s labeled as "Negra." I keep finding the weirdest little ticks here I always assumed I had. Brown pour with a small khaki head. A terrible aroma of sour apples, fusels, burnt caramel, and metal entices my nose. Sweet and sour flavor as well with lingering burnt caramel, apples, and a touch of plasticy/smokey phenols. Not. Good.
boozedude (1004) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle into glass..Pours super dark red.. Thin white head. Aroma is strong grape.. Taste is pretty impressive for its style, some grape some chocolate hints..
TheRealMGD (540) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl bottle from 99. Clear, deep red-brown pour with a short beige head with decent retention and leaving minimal lace. Nose is molasses. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Molasses, black cherries, toffee and raisins. Finish is brief and less sweet, with maybe a touch of citrus malt. Pleasantly surprised by this one - I could drink a few of these.
chinchill (580) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Undated 355ml bottle served in a snifter. Poured very dark brown, topped by a tan head that quickly disappears, leaving little lacing. A thin coat of sediment was left on the bottom of the bottle. Good feel if a tad thin.
The aroma is pleasant, but so sweet that I worry about the flavor. Hints of toffee, dark fruits and caramel.
Flavor is more like a sweet stout than expected, coming close to being too sweet. Of course, compared to a stout the malt load here is mild, but respectable for style. Traces of hops in both the aroma and flavor, and hints of dark fruit.
O: enjoyable and better than expected. At least average even by European standards.