fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, balanced, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, little chocolate, little hop.
Nik925 (742) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great carbonation, sits pretty high on the bitter scale. Strikes an odd balance of dryness and bitterness, but still works. The aftertaste lingers and is a bit funky.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask @ Pizza Port real ale festival: Was poured in a tiny sample since it was a dwindling supply left but still maintained a nice and pleasant serving of head on top of a dark brown porter. The nose was mild and hard for me to detect under my circumstances but I would give it the benefit of the doubt and say it was good enough to pass the test. However, the flavor was average with a dark malt taste and nothing extra than that. Must be more readily available for me to retry and change my mind about.
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite black, with no head. Aroma slightly hoppy, but rather indistinct. Flavor was well balanced between roasts and hops, but also slightly tart. Some sips were watery, as others have noticed, but this may be due to the fact that its alcohol content is lower than those of the other beers I tasted...
asedzie (584) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is coffee-like, with grainy overtones. Flavor is very mild, with some good bitterness. Palate was not very full, even a little watery.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Chestnut color with an off-white head. Coffee/roast aroma. Roasty/coffee flavor with a bit of sweetness. Medium body. Lingering coffee/caramel with slight hops.
bhensonb (10215) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub (5.3%). Toasted malt aroma. Color is very dark mahogany with an intermittent tan head. Body is near medium; carbonation is mild and creamy. Very smooth. Flavor is toasted malt and a little hop. No particular notes of coffee or chocolate. Perhaps a little anise. Reasonably dry, toasted and slightly bitter finish.
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(On tap) Claimed to be 5.3% ABV. A black beer with an orange glow and a beige, lacing head. Lightly burned aroma. Medium body with very burned and toasted malt. Has some underlying, sweet licorice flavours. The finish is both burned and bitter. 200307
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Very dark brown with a laced light brown head. Strong roasted coffee on a slightly grainy body which makes it rich and robust. The aroma is roasted but does not tip off the intense coffee flavors.
joet (2043) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 29, 2001
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasting the cask side by side with the draft is revealing. The cask is empty on the front and heavy in the bitter back. The draft balances all the bitterness with the high coffee notes sparked up by the higher acid and effervescence. The draft was headless and the cask full-headed (through a sparkler). Both were interesting in their own regard but more as a lesson than pleasure drinking.