markwise (4543) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beer Camp Pack. Pours a deep stout brown, like brownies or chocolate cake, with a medium tan head. Nose is roast, earth, coffee, dark chocolate, chocolate cake, and mother’s love-- look hard, it’s in there. Flavor is similar: roasted malts, some earth, then goes to chocolate cake, some roasted coffee, some bitter coffee, and some roast and baker’s chocolate that lingers at the top of my mouth in the finish. Medium in body, and I’m taking my time with this one- this is probably the best of the pack so far...
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Bought 2 Beer Camp samplers and unfortunately wasn’t able to rate most of them due to sharing them on Thanksgiving. Nevertheless, saved a few for myself, including this one. Wonderful, rich, sweet, milk chocolate aroma. Opaque black body with a light brown, lasting head, whose lace clings to the glass. Taste very close to the nose. Clean, dry finish. Very satisfying.
Gachupines (950) - USA - DEC 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brown with a tan head. Aroma is dark sugar and subtle chocolate. Flavor is brown sugar mild coffee and chocolate with a fairly sweet finish. Really big flavor, tasty with a smooth body.
drsandman (392) - New York, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black with a med beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, espresso, cocoa, nutty, prune, grape, faint hop, licorice. Flavor is sweet malt, chocolate, plum. Med/full body, pretty sweet.
jandd1983 (2745) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. The taste was of roasted malts, some caramel sweetness with dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. Nice.
Strykzone (5063) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. This beer is black and seems to absorb light. No red. A tan head leaves a little lacing. A vinous aroma suggests interesting things to come. And the first sip says that is true. This is a fun odyssey. A chocolate base that has some interesting hop notes going on. Fruit and an airish-ness. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and roasted notes. Syrup. A complicated beer but one that pulls everything together wonderfully. This is so well brewed.
hayduke (3465) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Poured very dark being almost black with a big tan head and good lacing. . The nose starts out as burnt chocolate malts. Some toffee notes Body is very rich and bold and the mouth feel is creamy and sticks to the roof of your mouth. The flavor is complex with chocolate malts, some citrus hops, dark fruit, and burnt brown sugar. The finish is slightly bitter. No sign of the alcohol. This beer is unusual in that the flavors are complex and even unusual. But the most important thing is that it really tastes good from first sip to last.
SHIG (3637) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep black brown with a huge creamy light brown head. Strong roasty and sweet malt aroma. Taste is super alcohol burn up front lays way to roast, toffee and chocolate malts.
stevencon (464) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Last bottle from the 2014 beer camp. Kind of got lost in the fridge so not as fresh as it should be. Chocolaty black with milk brown head. Aroma of roasted grains and chocolate, with hints of a graham cracker malt base. Nice solid body with chocolate roast notes. Well balanced with a slight tilt to the extra roasty.
jbrana (475) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty with flavors of bitter chocolate, fruity yeast esters, and slight burnt sugar. Not bad, but nothing amazing.
Mittenator (1389) - Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Neat black with a dark, beige head. Sweet cocoa and caramel. Rich, nutty, toffee and strong coffee in the finish.