JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge cream-coloured head, leaving lace over unclear dark rusty-brown beer. Creamy nose, dark malts obvious (even Maillard it would seem), green leaves and markedly gassy. Bitterish-dry. Leafy flavour, and one not unlike oatmeal. Dry cocoa powder, faintly bready - oatmeal/ryebread? Feels quite spritzy, even fiery. Obviously well-carbonated. Not much body. Rustic? Lacking (a bit of) character, rather. Still, far from bad.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My Bottom Line:
Blackberry fruitiness evolves into tartness, while pickle-like vinegar notes and bubbly, detached carbonation point to a building infection...
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the mahogany-hued brown.
-The commercial description says "chocolate and caramel"... There was nothing remotely close to these flavors, so, with the vinegary flavors, I presume something went awry with this bottle and/or batch.
-The finish is slightly wild and quite dry.
-Bready notes emerge from the malt signature, alongside roasted flakes.
-Candied cherries appear here and there.
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours hazy ruddy muddy brown with huge 3-finger tan head that laces copiously. Nose is great: rye malt, cherry, oaky vinous fruit, brown sugar. hops. This one smells like a fruity oak-aged barleywine. Tastes of rye malt, earthy woody notes, cherry, black pepper, and a dry, fruity, hoppy finish.
gnoff (7415) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 1 pt 9.4 fl oz, thanks to Gusgus!
Sampled on July 16, 2011
Dark brown color, tan head. Acidic, sweet, malty scent. Acidic, malty, apple taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Not something I’d buy again right off.
jercraigs (7335) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-01-28. Dark ruby tinged brown body, with a good sized tan head. 3+ Flavour has a zippy sourness that is almost a touch lactic at times. Fruity character, vinous fruit, like grapes or currants perhaps. Malt accents have brief hints at wood, or fruit stems. Lactic finish. 7+ Modest fruity character in the aroma hints at currants, light sourness. 7+ Smooth average bodied palate has a vinous character. Interesting, it grows on me. Bottle at Volo, Toronto
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from firkin at the 6th Annual Rogue Firkin Fest at Green Dragon. Hazy dark amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, ripe fruit and herbal hops. The finish is fruity with a rye and hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark ruby red/brown with tan head. Nose/taste of grapes, sweet malt, raisins, dark fruits and spicy rye. Taste is initial sweet and vinous grape that morphs into spicy rye. Medium body. Mild acidity.
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Poured deep cola brown with a tall, darker tan head.. set up nicely in the glass. The aroma picked up chocolate, rye, and earthy notes with accents of sage and oak.. warm caramel and molasses also showed.. hints of tanginess around the edges of the nose.. very much enjoyed it. The flavor found chocolate, caramel, and rye at the core with dry earth, black pepper, and caraway around.. finished dry and spicy, but with a fine malt complement. Medium-bodied, dry, and scratchy on the palate with some sharp carbonation.. a bit too dense at times. Very solid brew!
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Upright, 25/05/13.
Dark mahogony brown with a thin beige head.
Nose is dark malt, grain, hint of toffee, grass.
Taste comprises dark toffee, grain, dark malt, light sugars, woody notes, fruits.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light bitterness in the finish.
Drinkable but on the bland side, not one I’d revisit.
bb (6695) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a huge tan head. Caramel aroma with light citrus and spice. Malt and caramel/toffee flavor with earth and citrus. Medium-plus bodied. Citrus and spice linger with malt and light toffee. Light yeast notes.