FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one-finger thick, nicely brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer smells of roasted grain and burnt fruit notes. Toasted whole grain, light toasted oak, touches of burnt, bitter chocolate, and a touch of spicy oak character all have a role to play here in the nose as well.
Roasted and bitter up front, with a richness to the mouthfeel, towards the finish though the beer thins out a bit, but retains it roasted character and picks up a bitter dark roasted character. The fruitiness from the nose is also here in the flavor, but much reduced; it is here, but more as an oral-nasal thing. The roast character is the dominant note here, rounded toasted whole grain, balanced burnt notes, sweet dark malt notes, rich cocoa and dark chocolate flavors.
This is actually a nice mix of Stout and wine grapes; I hadn’t realized that was what this was coming into this, but it is not bad. The grapes thin the stout out just a bit, not unexpected, but still it is just a bit more than I would like here. I do like how well the oak character has been done here; soft, subtle, and supporting, it manages to not get overly hot, spicy, or sharp like it so often can be.
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a big, tan head that dissipates slowly. Had aromas of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Sweet and roasty all the way down, dark chocolate aftertaste. Bigger bodied beer with a thick, oily palate. I didn’t detect any oak or grape juice additions.
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2014 12 oz can poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with a small brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is sweet with coffee, chocolate, and a bit of grape flavor.
Dazz3 (1704) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells smoky, roasted malt, hasselnuts. Tastes roasted malt, creamy, smoky, light and well balanced.
Nische (1508) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with beige head. Roasted aroma of dark fruit, toffee and some maltiness. Somewhat fruity taste with loads of roasted notes of chocolate. Some notes of wine cask but nothing dominant.
Jorn69 (2138) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burk från Systembolaget @ Havregatan. Svart färg. Ganska fyllig med smak av kaffe, lakrits och lite russin. Lång eftersmak.
peral2 (579) - SWEDEN - APR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
SKA kör på med sina burkar, gillar faktiskt konceptet. En god öl vill man ju ha med sig på en hiking i Coloradonaturen! Den här är god, fin färg med härligt slum och en arom som heter duga.
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BeerSkull (1374) - SWEDEN - APR 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Can). Aroma and taste of roasted and slightly burnt malt with a clearly sour flavor. Way too sour for my taste.
omhper (22327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Canned, from Systembolaget. Completely black with rich beige head. Aroma of treacle and toffee. Sweet with full body and rounded, albeit syrupy mouthfeel. Thick treacle and molasses dominates, notes of metal and oak. Peppery finish withj evident alcohol. Simplistic. Don’t know why I keep trying new SKA beers, when I am constantly underwhelmed by them.
Johnsense (1123) - - APR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, thumbs worth of tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, some anise, dark chocolate. Taste of cocoa, dark liquorice, red grape juice, bitter. A ton of roast coming through in the finish. Medium to heavy body, smooth, fairly dry. Thanks to Sammy for this one!