BŁckDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle compliments of Indiana Red: Dark black, tan head, nice lacing. Nose of alcohol, astringent roast and light vegetal notes and some sharp coffee and bitter chocolate. The flavor is mild, light body and some clean roast. Finishes light with some soy, vanilla and alcohol.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ebony brown. Sturdy, albeit scattered, layer of tan foam. Soft roasted malt and vanilla infused caramel aromas. Lightly phenolic with a hint of espresso and lactose. Fine carbonation rests gently on the palate. Fairly oily. The bodyís softness and fresh plum flavors immediately neutralize a large portion of the tingly, but subtle, acidity and keep it from totally weakening the overall structure. Snug notes of caramelized sugars offer support to the body just before rich and fluffy roast surges forth. Hints of nougat and airy wafer notes. Dab of soggy grains virtually deaden the gritty roast before itís able to take foothold. As a result, it gains but the slightest amount of much-needed dryness. Whisper of citric hops. Body continually takes a turn for the worse, becoming mushier by the second, and the malts lose much of the intensity that they briefly possessed. At this point thereís absolutely no richness to be found. Finishes slightly chalky with a smoky roast element, but only scantly dry, with an elevating lactose quality and an unappealing tandem of phenols and bittersweet chocolate. Needs more dryness and focus as well as malt definition. Passable, but uninteresting.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown/black with small brown head. Aroma is metallic and sweet. Tastes of roasted malt with bitter chocolate with a sweet, dry finish. Thinner palate than I expected/. Good, but not great.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like motor oil....nice and thick and black. Light brown head. Brown sugar and fig aroma. Very tasty...caramel tastes...chocolate...a little coffee....all the usual. Bitter finish. Very well done. Iíve liked Silver Cityís beers enough to go find their brewpub I think.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a medium sized quickly dissovling brown head. Brown oily legs. Aroma of dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate, and light alcohol. Big roasty malt flavor. Fair amount of chocolate was also present. Large warming sensation with mild alcohol flavor on the finish. Medium bodied. Very nice.
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2005 (I poured this one as a volunteer). Inky black pour, tan head. Roasty malt aroma and flavor. Chocolate. Smooth, nice bittering hops, smoke. Pretty good. But Iíve had a few some of the top ten, and they are better!
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmm, very nice. This brewery couldnít brew bad beer if they tried to -- thankfully they never will.
Pours motor-oil black with a mocha head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and just a hint of hops.
Flavor is pure ImpStout. Chocolate/coffee/malt/dark fruits... only squared. Palate is think and creamy yet crisp; go figure. Nice mineral mouthfeel. It could have more of a bite to it, I guess, but itís perfect for the brew.
Overall, I really donít know how this could be any better. This is a fantastic beer.
3fourths (6962) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 GABF 2005. Rich mocha coffee bean and light smoke in the nose. Milk and toffee/butter as well, somewhere deep in there. Good thick texture - rich and sweet with dark chocolate and coffee. Very good, but not as big as most in the style.
Ungstrup (26268) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[At GABF 2004] A black beer with a disappearing brown head. The aroma is light, but contains notes of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is sweet with primary notes of chocolate, leading to a dry roasted end.
Ernest (5627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, GABF 2004.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, coffee, caramel), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.