bytemesis (3076) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Daknole - thanks! Small gusher on opening, and almost impossible to pour effectively. Gigantic bordering on monstrous brown head, puffy but not creamy at all. Dissipates slowly mainly due to sheer size, leaving clumpy lacing blobs on the glass. Pours opaque black. Aroma is roasty, anise, chocolate, perhaps cardboard. Flavor is light sweet, a LOT of anise and burned malt notes, medium bitter. Intensely, distractingly carbonated. Medium body, some acidity presumably from burned malts. Ashy. Well, at least its not infected, which was my first thought, but it doesnt have a whole lot going for it either. ADDENDUM: if you let it sit for 30 minutes or so the carbonation dies down and the beer becomes a lot more appreciatable. Not necessarily good, but decent.
alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Whole Foods a few weeks back. Poured a dark black color. Aroma and flavor were both strong, with roasted malt, fruit, coffee and alcohol. Flavorful, but didnít wow me.
olr1984 (1058) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle from a trade pours a dark black with a large tan head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma taste is the same.
adnielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of dschiller (I believe). Thanks! Pours a black appearance with a thin brown head. Big anise, burnt malty, kind of pepperminty, light veggie aroma. Twangy, black licorice, dark chocolate, fairly boozy, burnt malty flavor. Not a big fan.
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
651mL black and silver label from Papago Brewing bottle shop. Extremely overcarbonated pour. Head retention is insane and rocky. Nose is apple sauce, smoke, Maplewood BBQ. Taste is apple heavy, papery, harsh, ashy. Palate is dry, ashy, abrasive. Near metallic.
BMMillsy (1320) - Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Dak. Thanks! Pours black with a nice big creamy brown head. Big roasty aroma with some definite hops in the background, maybe some chocolate and hints of coffee. Creamy mouthfeel with huge roast flavor. Some lingering bittersweet chocolate left on the palate but mostly roasted roastiness. Some decent bitter. Low to medium carbonation. A bit of lingering alcohol on the end. Overall not bad.
brokensail (10741) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Dave. Thanks! Black in color with a nice tan head. Big roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice aromas. Hints of smoke, blueberry, coffee, and ash. The flavor is a touch on the bitter side. Lots of roasted malt, coffee, and licorice. Ash, blueberry, and a subtle smokiness.
DedicatedToFun (2400) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber thanks to friends of GT2. Black with tan head. Aroma is roasty with chocolate and coffee. Taste is sweet coffee, yum.
harrisoni (13566) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle at The Craft Mar 2013. Black beer tan head. Soy sauce oxidised burnt toffee flavour. Not good. Burnt and nasty
Pailhead (4742) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, vanilla, roasted coffee, and a hint of smoke. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a large light brown head with good retention. Thereís some sporadic webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla. The finish is moderately hoppy with pine and grapefruit. Thereís also some light-moderate burnt notes and black coffee. Itís medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation.