Nephilium (1250) - Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of roasted notes coming through in this one. Pours an opaque black, with just a dusting of off-white head. The flavor for this one is complex, there’s roasted and coffee notes, as well as a touch of dark fruit. The alcohol is well hidden, especially for a 9% beer. There’s a lingering roasted finish, with the dark fruit coming out there as well. Not a heavy beer, and definitely one you want to sip.
jcos (1414) - Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle on May 2nd, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a dark black with white head/
Aroma: Arroma is mostly of bready malt.
Taste: Smokey, bready, heavier in malt, low bitterness.
Summary: Nice Space Balls reference! I enjoyed this beer, though I don’t know if I need an imperial version of it.
jtclockwork (6914) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to JStax. Pours black with off white/tan head. Nose/taste of roasted black malt, vanilla, chocolate, grains, mixed nuts and burnt malt. Medium body.
ReggieDunlap (2895) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Not much in the way of aroma...light chalky roastiness...mildly boozy. Flavor is roasty with some dark chocolate and burnt notes...spicy hop notes. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a roasty/burnt finish.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from jmikolich. Pours clear dark brown (black once in glass) with a quick thin off white head that leaves a tiny ring around glass. Aroma has roasted malt and slight tobacco with faint peat. Taste is all the above with the peat showing its self off with the roasted malt all mixed in and a warming calm finish. Palate is medium and slick with a drying finish. Drinks well!
DrSilverworm (4739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Thin, light brown head, fades a bit. Pitch black color. Light, crisp carbonation. Smooth texture. Taste is just a sort of salty spiciness. Impressively, there is pretty much no alcohol taste. Just a slight warmth. Aroma is kind of puzzling, it’s not bad, there’s just not much there. Somehow, this really is a lager.. Just a slight toasty aroma. Interesting brew.
JStax (2567) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice. Appearance is a dark brown, near black with a thin diminishing, grey head of foam. Aroma is roasty, nutty, and cola-esque. It smells a touch like burnt toast. In the taste I get the burnt maltiness I came across in the aroma, but I also find a light licorice note in there. Thick, chewy palate with a warming effect on the back of the tongue. Interesting take on the style, that’s for sure.
johnnnniee (1951) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark brown color with ruby highlights and a smallish tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of light chocolate and caramel with a bit of earthy and floral hops playing a supporting role. Taste is chocolate and caramel with a bit of ash. Earthy bitter hops mix with a hint of alcohol to counter the malt sweetness. There’s a hint of melanoid in there that makes it a little interesting. A bit of a lingering alcohol burn on the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I thought this was only ok. It seems like a kicked up version of a macro lager with a bit of chocolate malt.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at TBK. Dark cheatnut pour with a creamy white head. Roast malt and slight smoke on this guy - quite enjoyable.
sonnycheeba (2955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with beige head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and light smoke. Flavor is a combination of sweet and bitter notes matching the nose with a hint of coffee. Medium body and carbonation.