wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried from bottle with Atlanta ratebeer crew at 5 Seasons North tasting. Very luck to try a sample from this hand bottle. Really strong (in a good way). Lots of malty aromatics. Some mouth burn. Black. Sweet. Low carbonation.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: High Desert IS
Mode: Hand Bottled
Appearance: black, scant beige head,
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate aroma with a fruity winey character,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor with a nice roastedness for balance, milky sweetness from a dark caramel character, light bitterness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
I would like to rerate this beer.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark brown color with a thin brown head. Aroma is malty, roast, and milk chocolate. Flavor is malty, milk chocolate, roast, and a bitter cocoa finish.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown, thin tan head. Aroma of roast. Flavor is sweet, lots of toasted malt.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
From an aging growler coutesy of Maniac. Very dark almost opaque with little head. Roasty malt aroma with some fruity yeast notes. Sweet roast and chocolate malts and rum soaked fruit flavors with a touch of woodiness.
Chocolate and coffee in the finish with a bit of grain astringency.
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
growler@Vero Beach Throwdown-pours a tan head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles and black color. Aroma is dark malt-licorice/chocolate, some acidic. Taste is dark malt-licorice/chocolate, some acidic-hops/alcohol bite. Thanks hopscotch for sharing.
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Once again, thanks to maniac for supplying me. Growler. Pours like used motor oil. Very full bodied. Lots of dark chocolate and alcohol present. Didn’t care for it personally.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Peat, wood, smoke aroma. Sweet light fruit body (ex: pears,,,). Smokey ending.
Drake (11747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler shared by maniac. Thanks! Thickly coating yellow-black color. Looks rather medicinal, but I like it anyway. Smoky wood aroma with a little bit of offputting plastic. Astringent taste with fruity peach and grape notes. Lighter mouthfeel and almost feels like a wine to me. Dangerously drinkable.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of kmweaver. Pours brown with a rich, creamy tan head. Smells fruity with some elements of spice, chocolate, hints of vanilla. Tastes of dark chocolate, some bitter hints, some warming alcohol, lots of spiciness, elements of dark fruit. The alcohol interferes a bit with the beer on the finish. Decent.