brokensail (9149) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is an impenetrable black color with a minimal tan head forming and leaving a thin ring around the glass.
S: The nose is quite roasty with some dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Licorice and dark, almost burnt, sugar provides some more sweetness.
T: Lots of roasted malts and an almost smokey flavor. Quite sweet with plenty of licorice, molasses, and dark caramel. This is a very sweet beer, much more so than I would have expected.
M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation.
D: A little too sweet to be able to drink much of this, but still a good beer. I think I prefer Empire Strikes Black, though.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Deep black pour. The nose is quite fresh and clean with a touch of light dark roastiness. A slight touch of molasses and a touch of light roastiness on the finish. Softly earthy maltiness with a touch of light grassiness on the finish. Clean tasting although there is a touch of anise. Authentically malty with a very clean yeast profile.
BMan1113VR (7691) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours nearly black with a very small tan head that fades quickly. Aromas of dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate, leather, raisins and berries. Flavors of banana, vanilla, roast, fruit, rye bread, and a caramel sweetness. Medium carbonation.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Strong Ale Fest. Pours deep brown to near black. Weaker foam. Nose is sweet cola, raisins, cinnamon, dark bread roll. Taste is Abbey Quadrupel style with plums, raisins, sweet cola. Too sweet for me and seems incorrect for style.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet molasses and roasted grain aroma and taste with molasses hints and a burnt coffee finish.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
SD Strong Ale Fest 2010. Black color/ fleeting tan head. Nice chocolate, black licorice, roasty aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Tasty chocolate, dark roast malt, black coffee, black licorice spice flavors.
JohnnyJ (3893) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at PP Carlsbad. Dark brown, with off-white head. Dark roasty malts, and small amount of chocolate.. somewhat earthy. This was a disappointment, not much going on here.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. Itís a very dark brown pour with nice malty and roasty flavors.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ toronado. Deep coffe brown with a small off whit head that turned to nothing. Black cherry, cocoa dust and faint coffee.run of the mill.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap a Pizza Port OB on 5/15/10. I felt bad ordering a not Port brew on my first visit but this looked far to inviting. Turns out after all it is a collaboration so itís perfect! The appearance is a nice rich brown-black with a small medium brown head. The aromas are full of roasted goodness, chocolate, and hints of burned popcorn. The flavors are all heavy roasted grains at first with dark chocolate notes that build through the drink and really develop into more upfront flavors. Some nice coffee bean notes in there as well. The mouth is fairly full and nicely smooth. Very drinkable and delicious.