Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Started off good with some aroma you would get from buying a flavored coffee at starbucks. Black body with tan head. Bitterness was the dominate flavor along with some metalic taste. Boddy could use more thickness little thin. Good bitter beer belch in the end.
Pailhead (4231) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Duane via trade. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some burnt notes. Pours a dark brown with some minimal orange hilights and a moderate tan head with decent retention. Lots of burnt malt with very light hints of chocolate. Finsihes with some bitter black coffee, nuttiness, light piney bitterness. For some reason the flavors just don’t mesh well. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and somewhat fizzy.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz bottle acquired in trade with brewblackhole (thanks!). This one came today. When I was unwrapping the bubble wrap, I heard a huge pop. Oh, no, I run to the sink expecting the cap came loose. When I get the bubble wrap off, the neck broke with the cap still on it. After straining through cheese cloth, here I sit with my glass of beer. Poured a dark black, with red edges, and a large sized light brown head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, nutty, and a little toasty. Tastes of chocolate, roast, coffee, nutty, and some dark fruits in there as well. Thinner body.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with a decent brown head. The aroma is roasted barley with a splash of chocolate. More to the flavor. Roasted barley, sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, and a mild nutty bitterness. Sweet but dry finish. Nice.
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Kevin (2005) - Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a beautiful thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, powder cocoa, and a light fruity almost banana scent. First sip I thought, wow, this is good, a thin enjoyable mouth feel. Second taste was powdery and chocolate with a lingering dry dusty finish. More and more tastes later I am still enjoying the chocolate flavor and the slightly sweet berry that is deep in the background of this. A damn fine beer.
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JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Ughsmash for this beer. It pours black with a tan head. The flavors and aroma are very subtle, but this is a very drinkable beer. You could definitely kick back and have a few of these.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz bottle via trade with Duane! - thanks Duane! - Pours black with a pretty nice mocha head that stayed pretty well and laced some on the english pint. Aroma is very subtle roasted malts. Not much there really. Flavor is mild coffee, and bakers chocolate, but as Duane stated this one seems almost overly airy on the palate and over carbonated. Somewhat dry finish. Like most of the other Sprecher brews this just seems subdued and almost watered down in flavor
barleyPops (1137) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
just gotta love those Sprecher 16 oz. bottles. black pour with a short-lived tan head. roasty, toasty malts and very drinkable. only complaint is too much carbonation, but otherwise could be a session stout.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a distinctive 16 oz shaped, narrow neck Sprecher twist cap brown bottle with a bottling/freshness date stamped on shoulder of bottle. Made an average appearance, poured an opaque ruby hued dark brown with a small fizzy tan head that quickly reduced to a thin bubbly lacing. Had a nice roasted malt aroma, burnt chocolate, hints of smokiness, a little nuttiness and a sweet dark ripe fruitiness. Moderate carbonation and a slick, watery light bodied mouth feel, not much creaminess, good drinkability. Had a watery roasted chocolate malty taste, just a light coffeeness, a gentle fruity hop bite in the middle and a watery roasted malty finish, a bit thin, with no dryness.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a deep mahogany with a short cap of caramel head. Nose picked up baker’s chocolate, smoky malts, and a hint of dark fruits... with a moderate roast to it. Flavor changed directions by focusing on Pac NW hoppage... with dry roasted chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit playing second, third, and fourth fiddles. Roasty coffee and pine bitterness meet alcohol astringency at the dry finish... decent, but felt slightly out of balance. A bit thin mid-palate, but filled out for the finish. Not a bad brew, yet there are better examples of the style to seek out.