krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
in it’s sooty bosom, it’s as dark as an inkwell, but it has such tenacious brownish edges that i was reminded of the char of burnt ponderosa trunks after a forest fire. the brief head roiled up to a thick tapioca froth of chipmunk tan. the immediate aroma of fresh pumpkin guts sent up a red flag, but fudge brownie and old coffee in burlap sacks rushed to the aid of my initially cautious reservations. furthermore, it has cotton candy, cigar, and african violet potting soil aromas. on the tongue it performs with sweetness, with drawn out notes of mildly carbonated roasted maple on s’mores, and poignant notes of smoked orange rind. on a trim body without oil or creosote or biting bitterness, it feels like a porter-- an elegant up-scale porter. the alcohol is moderate but the enjoyment is tending to the strong side.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer after its disinterment from the 22-ounce capped and waxed bottle pours a pitch-black with some ruby high lights, the head is moderate in size and frothy in texture with the color a nice tan, after the heads demise the resultant lace forms a glutinous sheet upon the glass. Nose is toasted grain dominated with hints of black cherries and caramel, fresh and delightful to the olfactory senses, start is sweet and heavy with malt, top is middling to full in its feel to the palate. Finish is demonstrative in its acidity and the hops delectable in their spiciness with the aftertaste desert dry, the 8 percent ABV leaves a nice warming sensation it the tummy, this beer much better than their “Ten Pin”.
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours pretty black with a nice tan colored head that is somewhat retained. Aroma is rich with coffee and dark chocolate. Flavors are big and rich with lots of rich chocolate and fresh brewed strong coffee. Palate is very full, lush and creamy. This is really well made beer. How come SKA doesn’t do so well with the rest of their lineup???
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours with a thickish creamy brown head that sits atop a midnight brown almost black beer. The aroma is enticing with rich notes of chocolate and coffee, but definitely leans towards rich notes of cocoa-liquor. The taste is sweet up front and is quite light on the palate. It finishes with a solid chocolate note, and is in fact reminiscent of a chocolate liquor. It is missing the strong roasted that one might sometimes find, but this is a good thing as there are no harsh astringent burnt notes. As the beer warms up a bit notes of coffee start to become evident. This beer is pretty lightly hopped, no real bitterness is found. It allows for an interplay between the simple sweet malt notes and the balancing chocolate and coffee notes.
This beer has a lot of similarities to the Decadent Imperial IPA, at least brewing approach wise, but in this beer it just works. There is no over the top use of ingredients, but the soft melding of the various malt components really works in this brew. Definitely the best beer I have had from Ska, and certainly one I would be willing, nay happy to have again.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin head. Very dark, almost opaque. Aroma is all vanilla and cocoa, creamy and quite nice. Taste has balanced sweetness. Vanilla, more cocoa and chocolate. Finish gets all roasty and bitter, could even use more here as this is imperial. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and approachable, but could really be maltier. An easygoing imperial, not bad at all.
highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty standard opaque appearance with a minimal tan had after a fairly aggressive pour. Aroma of hops and syrup. Large body that sticks to the tounge. Categorized well as it drinks a bit different than an Imp. Stout while retaining many of the finer qualities of one. I will definitely revisit this one. By far, the best Ska beer I’ve had.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black; in no way, shape, or form is this transparent. Luxcious foam the color of a dusty lane...
Smell bing cherries, and raspberry fudge cake; razzleberry juice and cocoa.
Taste fruit bombs that drop right into smokey baker’s chocolate. Sour tingle, and faint wheat grass juice reminds me of bright clover honey. It’s beautiful the way the flavors swirl up an alcohol vapor in the mouth, and combine aroma and flavor into one large bite of raspberry/bing cherry ganache.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
mmm... what a treat after a tons of boring pale lagers! Very dark brown body, small tan head. Roasty aroma, some brandy notes. Very roasted flavor, alcohol, licorice and dry fruits. mmm... good stuff!
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colored with a thick light brown head. Mostly sweet malty aroma with some bitter hoppy tones. Also notes of chocolate and caramel. Good roasted flavor with malt, fruit and plenty of bitter hops. Tasty and well balanced. An easy drinkable and very nice porter!
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Oh man. Another Baltic Porter in the book. Nice, me like. Red/brown coloured. Light brown head. Aroma has coffeenotes, some light roastyness and smoke. Flavour is light chocolatish, full of coffe, roastyness, alcahol and some liqourice. Ends on a bitter sweet note. Definately a nice beer.