radio_nowhere (797) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can into goblet-style glass. Very dark brown color with half-finger of creamy looking tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is even stronger coffee, bitter hops, dark chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and smoke. Medium body and carbonation, leaves a lingering roasty bitter finish. Very good.
Darkmagus82 (993) - - AUG 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-11-13-
Poured from can into a snifter glass
Appearance –Pours a deep-deep brown color with a small one finger tan colored head. When held up to the light hints of ruby red can be seen shinning through the brew. The head of the beer fades quite fast leaving a small film on the surface and only a very light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a roasted malt and coffee smell. Mixed with these smells are some lighter notes of a toffee sweetness as well as a bit of cocoa and an earthy hop.
Taste –The taste begins with strong roasted malt, cocoa and some coffee flavors. There is a light sweetness of a caramel and vanilla flavor in the beginning of the taste. The sweeter flavors begin to fade more as the taste advances however with some flavors of oak and some light nutty flavors taking their place. Toward the end, the coffee flavor intensifies and is joined by some hop flavors of an earthy variety as was detected in the nose. These flavors, with the lessening of the sweet, end up leaving a roasted and bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – For a 10 % abv brew the body of the beer was rather thin in terms of its thickness and chewiness while the carbonation level was a tad on the higher side. Neither the thin body of the beer or the higher carbonation level suited the flavors or the style of the brew well.
Overall – Not likely one I would go too again. A little too bitter and astringent at the end with the taste and the feel a bit off for me. OK, but for the cost not really worth it.
gunnar (5256) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from my secret summer santa 2014. Pours very dark brown with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma of dark bitter chocolate, ripe fruits. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is rich roasted, malts and coffee, with a pleasant sweet note as well from the chocolate, lingering bitter dark chocolate. Well hidden alcohol.
Lizardking3 (95) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oregon brewfest. Smells strong... Tastes like raisins and chocolate. Finishes with a bite
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, anise, figs, raisins,, grain, caramel, coffee, and cocoa with a dry, bitter finish.
wheresyourball (510) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Skinny can to tulip. Dark brown pour with a fine beige head. Nose is roast, malt, coffee. Flavor is coffee, malt, slight bitterness, chocolate, sweet finish. Smooth mouthfeel. Surprisinigly good.
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated on 5-03-2014 (Can) This beer has a very small tan head that mostly diminishes, transparent reddish brown body, no visible carbonation, and no lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, roasted malt, burnt, chocolate, coffee, and boozy. The mouthfeel is boozy and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is very good tasting and a sipping beer. The various flavors come together nicely and the 10%ABV is very drinkable. This beer is very worth trying and a beer I would drink again.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This canned brew from a restaurant poured a medium sized head of foamy dark brown colored bubbles that were very long lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark black brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was malty and brown malt. The mildly vinous crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish with a lingering dark malt aftertaste. The creamy flavor contained notes of coffee, roasted malt, mildly vinous ,mild hops, brown malt and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black like oil, same viscosity too, nice foamy brown head. Coffee, cocoa, and roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with chocolatey espresso flavor.
JohnGalt1 (480) - , Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the base beers in my recent trade with madnismo, shared one of these tonight with my Tuesday night friends.
2 finger tan head... pretty good retention and okay lacing atop a very dark brown beer that still shows nice ruby highlights at the stem.
Nose is an enticing mix of cocoa, coffee and hints of oaky vanilla.. dark caramel sugary essence helps carry and marry the aromas.
Bigger vanilla bloom on the palate that doesn’t show in the nose... plenty of cocoa, coffee is lesser than the nose... dark roasty malts also don’t show as much as expected... a sorta nutty malt moves in with the vanilla/caramel mash-up and produces an easy drinking brew.
Body is surprisingly light given the 10%... good carbonation, but still thick and coating... very drinkable... deceiving.
Thanks again Nathan for the great trade.
BuckeyeBoy (2692) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can thanks to Toby. Pours out a dark brown topped with a tan head. Nose tons of coffee beans and roast malts. Taste is as the nose with a heavy coffee front a nice chocolate and a good roast on the end.