Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep garnet body, medium to thin tight clumping off-white head. Nose of roasted malts, toast, brown sugar, soy, and leafy hops. The body has a dense flavor profile, with bitter, leafy hops, roasted malts, chocolate, and modest dark sugars that lend sweetness to a mostly bitter beer. Finishes with leafy, charred hops, soy, and dark fruits. A very good beer.
flatmatt (1025) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours almost black with a light tan head. Aroma is strong on aniseed backed by nuts, while some coffee comes in afterwards. Flavor is again strong aniseed, with some roasty coffee and nuttiness. Palate is on the cleaner side. Nice flavors.
demitriustown (1033) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a nice roasted malt characteristic and there are some nicely pungent hops backing that up as well. Nutty, caramel, slightly citrus note from the hops, and a nice chocolate tone as well. Appearance is almost a opeque black with a medium siuzed tan head that lingers. Taste is malt forward then melding into a really nice hop chacteristic and then finishes almost clean and clear. Wow..this thing changes in your mouth three different way. I really like this for some reason. It tastes good and is really drinkable. Complex as well. Cheers!
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I drank from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass...The beer pours a light black with a ligh tan head, good retention and lacing...The aroma is totally dead, shows off only light chocolate, really boring...The taste is also light, gives a little smoke and chocolate. Usually i want more taste, but for some reason I like this, a light roasty porterish type beer that is really easy to drink. Nothing special here, but if you’re in the mood for a roasty dark beer that’s easy to drink, not a bad call.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on 11/12/2010. Clear black body with a small tan head. Sweet roast and molassas aroma. Sweet chocolate, roast and molassas flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep brown approaching black body. Frothy brown head, fully diminishing. Roasted malts dominate the nose. Notes of chocolate and toast. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. The finish is lightly sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture turning slick in the finish. Lively carbonation. Taste of roasted malts, vanilla, light black coffee and earthiness. Tart aftertaste with a touch of metal.
daknole (8557) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour. Light tan head. Very roasty aroma with some molasses, licorice, and light coffee. Flavor is roasty, bitter, dark cherries and some brown sugar. nice. Thanks to hellbilly.
arminjewell (5718) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown almost black, thin almost tan head. Aroma has notes of roast, biscuit, burnt toast, and some caramel. Taste is bitter burnt malt, some biscuit and caramel sweet, and a roasted bitter finish. Good brew, balanced and tasty.
AndyReynolds (820) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to Bigmmartin. Pours a dark brown with a very thin mocha head. Aroma is roasted malts with notes of coffee and burnt toast. Palate is very chewy, but a little more carbonated than I expected. Flavor really brings out a nice roasted maltiness, finishing dry. Pretty impressive.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to nellie. poured deep ruby with an off white head. aroma was chocolate, bourbon, and fudge. flavor was chocolate, bourbon, and fudge also. body was slick with low carbonation. i am not sure why i got bourbon out of this, but i did.