brokensail (11230) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown in color with a khaki colored head. Roasted malt and cocoa aromas with a hint of toffee and graham cracker. A decent amount of red wine, oak, and fruit. The flavor has a touch of coffee to go along with the roasted malt and cocoa. Decent amount of red wine and oak character, maybe a hint of vanilla, and some sweet toffee and graham cracker. Quite nice.
swoopjones (6093) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, lighter bodied coffee cola pour. Soild aroma of heavy roast, slight smoke/burnt coffee. Decent flavor, roast, light smoke, light coffee, pepper. Light mouthfeel. decent flavor, needs more body
hombrepalo (1839) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8oz pour @ Fountainheads. Oily black. Medium chocolate tan head. Aroma is chocolate with alcohol and wood/earth. Flavor is woody, chocolate, smoke, and light coffee.
maneliquor (3206) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Fountainhead. Pours jet black with a great looking tan head sitting on top of the brew. Nose is woody, coffee and sweet smoke. Combine well. Flavour starts with the bitter coffee and finishes sweet and slightly smokey. Super easy drinking. Good beer
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the AZ Strong Beer Fest, February 2011. Pours black with a small tan head. The nose is roasted malt, chocolate and red wine grapes. The taste is roast, ashy cocoa, burnt caramel malt and Merlot. Medium mouthfeel. You can definitely taste the merlot influence in this one.
daknole (9401) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour. Aroma of chocolate, oak, light vinous notes, and some black cherries. Flavor has some roast, chocolate, cherries, light red wine notes. This is pretty damn good!
adnielsen (9416) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Roasty chocolate malty nose with the Merlot aroma coming through that. Very roasted dark chocolate malty flavor with the Merlot flavor creating a very complex taste and finish. Roasty finish. Interesting but not amazing.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap 7/17/10.
reddish blackish brown with a soft off white head.
big vinous aroma... cherries, chocolate, roast, cream, ash, smoke and wood.
the flavor is a little savory from autolyzed yeast-ish notes... mixed with a bunch of grape-y wine, wood, roast and some bitterness on the finish. there’s a tartness throughout which helps keep the creamy mouth feel and lux texture in check. 7/3/7/4/16/3.7
Vikingbrew (193) - Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown to black. Chocolate and oak aroma. Roast malt. Flavor fits aroma of a chocolate imperial stout with oak, vanilla, and dark cherry. Medium heavy body. Very smooth. Very enjoyable.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks jhenry04. Poured very black coffee, roasted malts, little wood , little chocolate, little vinious.