madmitch76 (12241) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
19th March 2009
Hazy dark red brown beer. Soft palate, lightly frothy in the mouth. Smooth malt with a sweet undertone but smoke dominates. Brief glimpses of fruit under the smoke. Okay but a bit too smoky.
jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle-pours a big foamy to rocky tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel/molasses/licorice, medium/dark fruit, secondary earthy/spice hops. Taste is sweet medium malt-chocolate/caramel/molasses/licorice, roasty, medium/dark fruit, secondary earthy/spice/chicory hops. Some bitter-sweet. Complex. Not quite my style but very well done. Semi-dry finish. Thanks jwc215 for sharing this one.
bhensonb (9863) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Oak Tree. Pours really dark brown with a 3 finger foamy beige/tan head. Smells a bit like chocolate. Med body; frothy carb. Primary flavor is chocolate; followed by something touch of treacle. Definitely not sweet, but not all that bitter either. There’s something perhaps citric. Nice ale.
Tmoney99 (9640) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark brown color with an average fizzy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium toasted malt and coffee aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium ground coffee flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head.
S: Lightly roasty with some coffee notes and a nice toasted malt aroma. Quite a bit of toasted nuts, maybe a bit of chocolate, too. A bit sweet with some toffee notes.
T: A fairly strong coffee flavor, a good amount of roasted malt, too. Some toasted malts and chocolate, maybe a bit of dark fruit flavor, too. A light earthy hop flavor and a hint of bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
O: Maybe a little bit too roasty for me, but not too shabby.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours clear and is a very dark burnt orange with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The nose delivers very nice dark chocolate, caramel and espresso notes intertwined with decadent toasted almonds and cashews. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with kicked-back carbonation. Flavor is a touch thin; otherwise, it offers sticky-sweet, singed, caramelized essences of praline, mocha and maple syrup. Lightly bitter, cocoa finish. Underrated, I think. Kudos to dmschefke for providing the bottle!
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, earth, chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, and a lighter earth.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at 3rd Manhattan Cask Fest. Deep hazy brown beer with a thin white head. Aroma is nicely coffeeish and a little bit chewy. Fresh malts with a big doughy chocolate chip cookie character. Flavour is pretty unusual. Very roasty and lightly sticky. There is a lot of rich brown malt but not a lot of the coffeeish flavour that I could smell on the top. There is a light piny/citrusy hoppiness that I think the beer would have been better without, but it still works pretty well. Pretty good stuff really.
Sammy (7734) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Enjoyed on cask at Cole’s cask festival. A malt job, not overally drinkable cask when others are available, but would drink a pint if thirsty and only water, coffee, and prune juice would be my alternatives.
3fourths (7534) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2008
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle, probably 2-3 months old. Awful nose heavy with mold, spoiled fruit and buttered cocoa. Flavor is slightly less offensive but doesn’t redeem this beer. Acidic butter suggest a slight infection, and it’s especially offensive and putrid up front, but to it’s credit it cleans up in the back, where the slightly-sweet chocolate malt note is more prominent.