sonnycheeba (3862) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, fizzy tan head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and light earthy hops. Flavor is mostly malt, faint hops, and some dark fruit esters; very dry, chocolate finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark sepia, small bubbled tan recedes quickly. Very dry nose, prune and light olive, bit reminiscent of the very best black alberts. Flavor is dry cake and brownie, bit of olive and licorice, end is very cake puffy dryness, incredibly dry, coating teeth. Olive notes a bit disruptive, otherwise stellar execution.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of BrainLair. Thick dark brown pour. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Some notes of . Dry and bitter with coffee and chocolate. Fairly smooth. A little oaky. Bitter finish. Not bad.
BeerandBlues2 (10246) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by brainlair. Pours black with a medium, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is figs and raisins, licorice, roast and chocolate malt with smoke. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters and a dry finish, very dry. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very overcarbonated black color with a massive tan head. Sour roasted grains with a bit of chat and ash. Heavy on te roast with some dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is also quite acidic but still heavy on the coffee and dark chocolate, and of course, roasted malt.
argo0 (11725) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, #67. Small beige head, cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, some coffee, ash. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, some coffee, ash. Medium body, low carbonation, light stickiness. I had a quick taste on the release day, and really liked it -- for whatever reason, doesn’t seem to have aged well.
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown body, light tan head... Boring nose of light chocolate and yeast... Light ash, yeast and chocolate, blah
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle #62. Picked up at Max’s on release day. Served in a tulip glass.
Pours black with a single-finger head that eventually falls to a very thin tan cap and a fairly-thick collar. The nose has a bit of Belgian character, though I vaguely recall Brian saying that he didn’t actually use Belgian yeast in this. The nose is also slightly roasty though it has a bit of a medicinal characteristic as well. The taste is roasty and brings a slight bit of creaminess from the mouthfeel. There is also a bit of chocolate in the background. Medium body and definitely roasty throughout with a bit of dryness. No booze. Pretty good overall, though it could probably use a bit more time.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2010
mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster from 12oz bottle, #54, courtesy kmweaver via his trade-bud ryan: Thanks to you both for this rarity. Moderate cocoa aroma with the nose of an archetypal RIP...but then goes hollow and mealy. Nice licorice note; no roast. Body is thin, tinny finish (from yeast, water treatment, aging hop notes?).
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Mike and Diane. Dark brown pour with tan head. Aroma was dusty, nutty with some other mystery things I couldn’t quite put my nose to catching. Taste is almost sour, a bit funky, mild chocolate, twang, chalk, and pungent. Very fizzy carbonation. Overall very interesting brew.