nuplastikk (4566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Dexters. Deep opaque brown-black. Thick beige head. Rich chocolate, cocoa, caramel tones. Rich and delicious, but not overpowering or brutal on the palate. Creamy and drinkable, nice roasty finish. Some brown ale notes, with a subdued smoky woodiness. Mellow for a full bodied beer, well done.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a nice brown creamy head. Nose is a wonderful blend of coffee, chocolates, caramels and just a touch of smokiness. Taste is similar with sweetness accented by Moderate roast astringency and some hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Good. If I could bitch it has a little much roast burntness in the finish otherwise I love it.
EithCubes (5003) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the taproom. Black body with brown highlights and a clingy black tan head. LOVE the woody smoke, and I think I’ll take cherrywood over beech or oak at this point. Has an interesting edge. Caramel, roast, chocolate -- all the usual suspects are here, but none stands out above the others; wonderful balance! Alcohol concealed but warms the chest heartily. Medium bitterness and dryish with unexpected hop bite. Creamy, velvety feel, mid-full body. This is just great!