commonmac (292) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Luce Hopkins. Dark black winter variety. Very faint aroma and light head. A common option in Mpls and traditionally one of the better winter ones. Light roasted flavor, heavy on malt. Good sweetness. No coffee to be found in this one. Kind of like a comfortable winter sweater. Enjoy when applicable.
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. It is a slightly changed recipe. Pour is cloudy reddish brown with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet brown sugar, caramel. Taste is roasted sweet caramel malt, some dried fruit, slight earthiness, good round richness.
SODAK14 (279) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent ale. At first I did not think I would like it. It poured a dark color but was not as...flavorful as I thought it should be. I may have over-rated this one but it is not bad.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice roasty aroma with a slight spiciness. Root beer color with a thin head and some rings of lace. Tastes of roasted malt and some spicy hops. Finishes slightly sweet. Hop flavor profile similar to Redhook ESB, but works well with the roasted malt flavor. Thinner mouthfeel and lighter body than it appeared it would have at the pour. Overall, very drinkable with no off flavors or aftertastes. Alcohol is hidden well(until you finish the sixer and try to function).
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with inner ruby hints, contrasted nicely by stark white head. I love this color combo more than almost anything, for some reason. Smooth mouthfeel, somewhat light body. Toasty with only a hint of a wintery dark fruitiness and spices.
Maltser85 (250) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured dark brown with a two finger off white head. Nice aroma, roasty and bready. There was a hint of underlying spice as well. Taste was nice. Not a tremendous body to it, but enough, the nose followed through to the taste. A nice change of pace winter beer.
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tastes a little like a porter. scent of burnt roast and coffee and some molasses. taste is the same and is quite enjoyable. I would probably purchase this again.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2001
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Satisfying without being quite distinctive: not worth a special search, but worth drinking if it is in front of you. (Downgraded after I finished the sixpack I bought:
it just wasn’t a beer I looked forward to every day.)
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer poured a nice, thick head and has a dark brown color. Lightly carbonated and leaves a nice lace around the glass. Tastes a lot like a Stout to me, with the flavor of coffee, caramel and chocolate persisting. Good brew.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask. Pour opaque dark brown with a thin head that lasts. Moderate malt aroma, other aromas but can?t nail down. Wonderful malt flavor, some roast, caramel, hints of juniper. Medium-heavy body, light hop bitterness. I?m not getting the spices, just me. I?d try it again.