seymour (1435) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted in a nonic half-pint at the brew pub. It poured an opaque, very dark brown colour, reddish at the corners, with thin but lasting tan foam and lots of pretty lace. Excellent grainy aromas, bread, toast with marmalade, chocolate, zesty hops. Dark grainy flavours too, with a nice peppery sharpness from the rye, caramel sweetness, faint roastiness, bright coffee-like acidity, with a perfect hops bittering balance. Medium body, strong carbonation, pleasant chalk essence, some nutty and red grapeskin tannins, multi-layered bittersweet aftertaste. One of Civil Life’s stronger ABVs, but no trace of alcoholic heat. An imaginative hybrid. Crazy good stuff.
wxman (1428) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the source. Pours an opaque black with a tan head. Taste is baker’s chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste is the same, along with some nuttiness. bitterness seems to be primarily from the dark roasted malt. Good.
EtTuCthulhu (1049) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The appearance of this beer combines an opaque very dark reddish brown color with a medium tan head, and the aroma is dark yet sweet malts. The taste is quite umami and a touch sweet, and the palate combines an average carbonation, medium body, slick texture, and a long malty finish.
Braudog (5743) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I did a side by side shared tasting of the black lager, black ale, and dunkel at the brew pub, each of which were quite similar, but displayed enough distinction to make for a interesting exercise of the palate. I thought I’d post combined comments of all three for each. Visually, the dunkel is a dark brown with a reddish tinge, a bit of a challenge to discern from the black hues of the black lager and ale. The ale and lager can be distinguished only by a half shade of tan in the head. Flavor and aroma-wise, the dunkel carries a traditional chalky, roasted dunkel character, enjoyable enough on a cold afternoon. The black ale and lager are a bit harder to differentiate -- both with a chocolate malt base, and smooth mouthfeel. The lager has that clear "lagery-ness" to it, finishing with a grassy maltiness, whereas the ale ends with a subtle bitterness that even the less seasoned amongst us could call out. In the end, the ale was the favored pick among sturdy small batch brews. (#4496, 2/25/2012)
vyvvy (3996) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Schlafly Fresh Hop fest - I think this ended up being my fave at the fest. Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has roasty cocoa, light nuttiness, some spice, caramel and cream. Medium smooth body with soft carbonation. The flavor starts with chocolate, nuts, caramel,spice and an overall smoothness. The finish adds a bit of spice. For being at a fresh hop fest this sure didn’t showcase hops, but that didn’t take this down any notches.
jandd1983 (2567) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was resiny dryiness with a little bitterness. The flavor was roasty and dry with nice piney bitterness and some floral flavors. Solid drinkability. A really nice Black IPA.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at schlaflys fresh hop festival. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of citrus. Flavor is roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses and a subtle hint of coffee. The hops are not very evident in this beer. Almost a perfect balance.
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the 2011 Fresh Hop Festival at Schlafly Bottleworks. Pours a near-opaque dark brown color with a small tan head that rides the beer all the way down. Big roasty aroma, with roasted malts, dark chocolate, toasted brown sugar, molasses, rye, and just a little bit of citrus underneath it all. The flavor follows suit, with way more roastiness than citrus. The Sorachi Ace hops aren’t all that evident but serve the beer well. Medium-bodied, with a roasty mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice, one of my favorites of the festival.