Travlr (13679) - 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 (10240) - 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.
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown. Aroma and flavor are similar, sort of a raisin influenced malt note throughout. Interesting, rather liked it.
Capa (2080) - Manama, BAHRAIN - NOV 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark with a off white head. Aroma was clean with lightly roasted malts, light molasses, chocolate. Flavor was much the same and the roasted malts were quite restrained but noticable still. Body was fuller than many schwarzbiers I’ve had, which makes sense, and a bit smoother. Sweet finish. Good beer.
Drake (9251) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Belmont Party Supply shared at the 16th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 11/5/11. Pours very dark brown with a medium fizzy brown head. Fair head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke and sweet malts. The taste is rich roasted malts, coffee, sweet malts and faint hops. Medium-full bodied. Nice.
tia (1023) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Super sweet and cloying aroma. Gross sweet weird flavor. Mellows a little as you drink it. Boozy.
Butters (3869) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the the Sweet Sixteen Richmond Gathering. Very dark brown pour with tan head. Molasses, anise, caramel, slight smoke, roast. Tasty sipper.
riversideAK (5650) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is robust and full of sweet chocolate malts, roasted notes, slight smokiness, fruity sugars, and alcohol. Pours dark brown, thin head, not lasting really. The flavor is sweet initially with lots of fruity residual sugars, this is followed by roasted notes, smoke, alcohol, earthy bitterness, and more lingering residual sugars. Almost like a lagered imperial stout or some bullshit. Somewhat hot, somewhat thin. Weird, interesting. Nice to try. Too sweet.
notalush (5070) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by adnielsen (thanks, Aaron!) - must everything be "imperialized" these days - nose of booze, light grassy hops, char, chocolate, light berry - flavor is simultaneously too sweet and too bitter - lots of bitterness from the dark malt - sugary sweetness - roast is intense, bordering on ashy - some grassy hops and blueberry in the mix - not terrible, but boozy, and many of the flavors are far too "sharp" - meh.
adnielsen (9533) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 Bottle @ Dan’s house. Dark brown appearance with a tan head. Rich chocolate, herbal, grassy, light coffee aroma. Herbal, minty, dark chocolate, roasty, straw flavor. Not nearly as boozy as the last time I had it.