CaraCurtis (98) - USA - APR 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour, minimal/slim toasted color head, just around the edges. Pours deep brown. Aroma picks up both the rye and chocolate. Not much vanilla in the aroma, but you can get hints of it in the taste. Clean on the palate. It’s very nice. I think it will get better as it warms.
vvesside (149) - California, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from timfoolery. Not much head. Really smooth, chocolatey, with a subtle rye flavor that builds up. Light but not too thin... almost like a porter. Good beer.
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dimenhetfield (2354) - , Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into glass. Big thanks to Randy for sharing this. Didn’t get a whole lot of rye from this one but the chocolate flavor was most certainly there, which makes me happy. Vanilla makes it’s presence felt on the back end with a dry sort of finish. Really tasty!
Errl (564) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle- Pour is as dark with a thick tan head... Nose is chocolate, rye, vanilla, alcohol, musty..Taste is bold dark chocolate, with rye, vanilla, spice, caramel, lactose..
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
17th March 2012
Opaque black beer, good cream - tan head. Smooth palate with a little fine carbonation. Good chocolate, cocoa and vanilla. Just a little rye, could do with more I think. A trace of fruity tang, well buried. Smooth finish. Good chocolate beer but more rye would have spiced it up.
kathouse (572) - Nevada, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick brown with a creamy off white head. Spicy with notes of bread and yeast. Lager yeast exaggerates the malts and leaves the beer a little of balance.
FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled October 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a two-finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown color that approaches black, when held up to the light the beer is dark enough to be opaque. The aroma smells of vanilla, chalky cocoa, and some chewy, spicy whole grain character. The spicy, toasted grain character gets a bit more pronounced over time, and there also seems to be an interesting, but unidentifiable fruit character here in the nose.
The beer is not as sweet as I was expecting, but still has a soft sweetness to it that accentuates the dusty cocoa character, and a touch of vanilla (that at times can actually be quite pronounced), and a touch of chewy malt character. The finish has a burnt, bitter roast character to it that is kept at a noticeable, but fairly contained level; it provides a touch of burnt acidity to it, as well as a solid roasted, dry grain character that is tempered by the vanilla character. The vanilla in the finish couples with viscous, lingering heft; in fact it even seems to cause it. Also in the finish is a spicy, whole grain rye character that adds another layer to the complex finish.
Interesting beer, it actually captures the profile of a grain-spicy Black Lager pretty well, the vanilla on top, and the soft, though not distinctly noticeable chocolate character adds an extra complexity, though I almost might say I would prefer the beer without the extra vanilla and chocolate. Still this is a tasty brew that is enjoyable.
oRos (612) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Color is black. With off white head. Taste is some coco with a burnt finish.
boFNjackson (3574) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared on New Years Eve... Poured dark brown, not quite black, with a thin khaki head. Nice mouthfeel, notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, nutty grains, rye spice and clean lager finish with minor acidity showing. Everything seemed to amalgamated nicely here. An unexpected treat on NYE.
marcus (5004) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a dark molasses flavor with a bit of chocolate and a dry cinnamon finish.
bhensonb (8991) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Capped 750 from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours very dark brown with orange glints and a tan head. Aroma is very treacle. Med + body. Flavor is treacle with some chocolate and rye spice. Finishes a little tart, but not dry.