ReggieDunlap (3080) - 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 (1911) - 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 (6416) - 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 (2997) - 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 (2312) - 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 (6298) - 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 (3562) - 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.
nimbleprop (4880) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the DC Local Tasting a 22oz bottle pours a watery cola brow with one ring of white head. Nose is malty, sweet, brown sugar, crackers, dark bread, yeast. Flavor is sweet, crackers, bread, yeasty, light chocolate. Medium bodied finish.
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Almost black, bright tan head. Aroma of moldy leather. Taste of bitter chocolate soda. An unfortunate choice as my last beer of the tasting.
BeerandBlues2 (9701) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear black with a medium, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is light caramel and chocolate malt, dark fruity esters and light hops. Flavor is dark malt and fruity esters, low hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Light body, low warmth and medium carbonation.