FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a frothy, three finger thick, chocolate cream colored head that has some staying power to it. The beer itself looks quite clear as I pour it, but sits in the glass an opaque black color. The aroma is quite chocolate dominated; sweet a bit chalky with a chocolate malt ball aroma. In the finish, aromatic notes of toasted & even roasted malt are found as well as a touch of burnt grain huskiness.
The taste has a light creaminess to it up front, it is fairly dry though and has quite a burnt barley / dark chocolate bitterness to it that linger on into the finish. The beer is lightly tart as well, and despite the up front creaminess is quite light and easy drinking. The tart acidity almost takes on a fruity edge to it, though I canít really quite say what fruit it would be.
The finish really has such a lingeringly bitter note to it that is joined, perhaps even magnified, by a the tartness. This beer is pretty tasty, but the strong notes in the finish are a bit to big for the rest of the beer to balance. This could be quite good if brought a bit more in to balance, though not too much as the sharp biting finish is nice and needed, just at a lower level.
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bhensonb (8954) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost a burnt toast malty aroma, with definite chocolate tones. The old Guiness color with a dark tan substantial head, which disipates rather rapidly. Starts with a chocolate, with a Siletz standard sour undernote, like Brettomyces got into it somewhere? A hint of acid. Mouthfeel starts substantial, but seems to break down. The sour note stays on top of the tongue, and a decent bitterness adheres to the sides of the tongue. The finish is chocolate, coffee, hint of sour and bitter. It must be balanced, or all that couldnít be there?
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught pint at Redbones on 11/16/06 (had it there last year too, but didnít rate it)
Dark cocoa brown body has some rootbeer/cola tints, definite ruby-auburn edges and shows medium-low clarity. Head is dark beige, fluffy, but small and only moderately to poorly retained. Some slight lacing left on the glass, carbonation can be seen bursting at the surface.
Fudge. That about sums up the nose. But itís delightfully authentic and though liberally done, I dont think itís too much. Light roasted barley notes surface, following the deep fudginess, giving a slightly more dry aspect, as well as a light lactic note. Some sparse hopping provides just a slight glimpse of green leafiness, but no real bitterness or fruitiness. Light vanilla tones are apparent as well, maybe more like a warm marshmallow sort of note, but it remains decidedly fudgey and gooey. Medium-high strength, with no alcohol or other flaws noted.
Fantastically fudgey is the flavor. The wonderful gooey/chewy body is thick and substantial and is like biting in to some thick fudge. Light milk chocolate notes emerge, followed by vanilla flavored marshmallows and then a very lactic finish. The tartness from the lactic notes really helps halt the sweetness and cleanse the palate. Oily, dark barley notes give a hint of bitterness and frisky roast, as well. Every sip starts out wonderfully fudgey again and progresses flavorfully until the lactic finish. Medium-low carbonation, chewy texture up front growing a touch oily. No wateriness/thinning, alcohol or other flaws.
Darkover (1497) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color with a small tan head. Roasted chocolate malt aroma. Flavor of chocolate and sour milk. Disapointing.
cbkschubert (2867) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours a dark brown color with an average size tan head. Has a roasted chocolate malt aroma. Has a sour, bitter, roasted malt flavor. I guess I got a bad bottle too. I hope its not supposed to taste this way. Will try it again next year.
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - NOV 30, 2006
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Looks and smells great! Tastes pretty strange. Not bad, just weird and unusual. I couldnít get into it very much. Iíll pass next time.
Overall this beer tastes more like a moch a stout with a baltic porter mouthfeel. Again, not horrible but improvements are needed to make this a good ale.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours black huge tan head. I was really excited about this, but as others have noted, there is an overpowering sour flavor and there is nothing good about it. Sigh.
thebaldwizard (1204) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2006
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
This tastes infected, but doesnít have a bad aroma or anything, so Iím assuming itís just a terrible beer. Aroma is great. Very good chocolate syrup aroma. Black in apperance with no head. THe palate is full for a porter. The taste is extremely bitter chocolate--sour I would say--which is just wierd. The bitter/ sour flavor overrides everything else and ruins the beer completely.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma is of dark chocolate.Pours dark black with no head.Very bitter almost sour with slight chocolate.Palate is very thin with a bad bitter finish.This beer almost seems infected.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle pours black with a very short tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aromas of chocolate, light coffee, and some roast. Flavor starts out chocolate but there is definitely a sour lactic affect to this in the first few sips. Later I found that dissipated though and it was more roasted malt and chocolate. Thin body and not much carbonation. Tough to get past that sour flavor though. Now this beer just came to Ohio this week so I would think this is fresh... Odd very odd..