illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Midtown. Pours a deep rich brown black with a two fingers thick chocolate brown head, webby lacing. Aroma of chocolate bar and fruity esters. Medium bodied with a some slight fine fizziness to the carbonation. Flavor of dark roasted malts, countered by a semi-acrid bitterness that carries through the finish. Finish is ashy, soapy and dry, with some spicy phenols. Orange only comes out as it warms. This is a mess and extremely disappointing. I can’t believe I just wasted $20 on two bottles of this.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Brass Rail. Dark brown, almost black pour with a thin khaki head. Smells roasted, coffee, licorice, citrus, and a slight Belgian yeast character. The flavor straddles a porter and stout in terms of roastedness with some coffee, yeasty esters, and a hint of citrus. Had a deep lingering bitterness. Quite good but I would imagine that 6-10 months in the cellar would do it some good. Not sure how well it will hold up on 12.12.12.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
DO NOT OPEN YET. Give it time....Dark, dark brown in color...almost black. Notes of anise, coriander, apricot, cardamom, dark chocolate, instant coffee, oldish coffee, bitter cocoa. Lots of fruit especially on the front of the palette and tip of the tongue. Mid palette and finish really picks up the bitter, roasty coffee and chocolate flavors. The beer is full of complexity. Truth is that it has a ridiculous amount of aromas and flavors going on. However, there does not appear to as of yet to be any focus. Lacks any sort of anchor flavor that ties in all the other flavors. This beer needs time. It needs some bottle age and some time to relax from shipping. It may have bottle shock at this point still.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poursr a lasting ring of tan head with a dark brown body. Aromas of oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, vegetal. Similar flavor. Bitter finish.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with tan head. Roasty aroma, with smell of candi and vanilla. Thick and spicy flavor, that is sweet but finishes clean. Smooth with notes of coffee and cola in the finish.
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with slines and MmmcKay. Pours a very near black with ring of brown head. Nose is anise, coriander, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is not quite as good. It is ’overly blended’ imo. No real stand out flavors, just a melding of chocolate, oak, and citrus, maple, vanilla. I just don’t know if I can get behind this one. Semi bitter finish. Maybe this one will be better on 12/12/12....
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Frugal MacDoogal’s in Nashville. Pours black with a brown head that stays for the length of the drink. Chocolaty aroma. Okay, the taste is something else. From what I can tell, I’ll say that it was a complex porter. A lot of coffee and chocolate tastes, but like a hint of... banana? Anyways, it was good, and I’m going to buy another bottle to age.
Ratman197 (12170) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, vanilla, light citrus and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roastiness, vanilla and light citrus with a smooth lingering chocolatey finish. Tastes like a decent stout, but nothing Belgian or fruity like the bottle says.
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
black body with a dark brown head.the aroma is a mix of oatmeal,chocolate,vanilla.with a roasted nutty finish.flavor is a mix of smoke,burnt roasted malts,ash,alcohol,chocolate,and a strange bitter/spicy finish.reminds me of skullsplitter in a way.and i did not care for the beer either.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Three Floyds. Deep dark pour with a thick brown head. Roasted malt aroma along with hints of chocolate, sweet fruits, yeast. Flavor was roasted malt, hints of vanilla, oak, citrus. The flavors came out as the beer warmed in my hand. It was served too cold in my opinion. Good thing for patience.