WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nose of chocolate and dark roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Beautiful black pour with a wonderful brown head. Good lacing. Created great hopes and expectations. Taste disappointing. Chocolate and coffee and malts, sure, but a gaping hole where the hops should be. Not unpleasant but surprising hints of anise. Mouth / palate falls way short of expectations created by the gorgeous pour. Almost dead, almost flat. Looked great, smelled fine, but the dead mouth and the incomplete flavor profile made this seriously disappointing. I poured this glass out. Will probably toss the rest of the bottle. Not worth the alcohol ... I’ll drink somebody else’s IPA or Stout or something I can taste.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled Feb 2011, so there’s a little bit of time on it. This beer has changed drastically from when I opened a bottle about two years ago. It has become a remarkably smooth, well-rounded experience. The nose is full of chocolate and mild coffee and soft Belgian yeast notes, the sharp coppery edge is gone entirely. The beer is full-bodied, the carbonation seems to have settled down a bit - it is very creamy and has serious presence to it. It seems thicker. The flavor is perfect. Balanced rich dark chocolate without the bitter bite in the finish, lightly roasted coffee, a bit of breadiness and this great earthy finish that you keep expecting to become a bit drier and more bitter, but it doesn’t. There’s still a bit of tobacco smoke to the finish, but it is very, very subdued. It’s like a Belgian version of a Ten Fidy or a Stone IRS. I didn’t like it when I first had it, but this stout has certainly grown up a great deal and really come into its own. "Indulgence Ale" is the perfect name for it. If you’re sitting on a bottle, I think it is time to give it a try so you can experience a cellaring underdog.
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur noire et opaque. Nez de malt rôti, moyen de chocolat noir , léger de café avec des notes de chocolat au lait et de crème brûlée (faibles notes lactiques) ainsi qu’avec des traces de tabac, de cendre, de houblon herbeux et de fruits (petits fruits foncés). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’avec une texture légèrement sirupeuse et aux notes crémeuses. Léger goût de malt fumé (fumée de tabac, traces de tourbe et de fumée de bois) avec des notes de chocolat au lait (faibles notes lactiques) ainsi que des traces fruitées (fruits foncés), d’anis et de crème brûlée lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt rôti, un moyen goût de chocolat noir avec des traces de de mélasse sucrée et de cendres puis en finale un léger goût de café se développe avec une légère amertume de houblon herbeux ainsi que des notes d’alcool réchauffantes. Post-goût long-moyen, légèrement amer de rôti, de chocolat noir, léger de café avec des notes d’alcool et de houblon herbeux.
AirForceHops (2578) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle, My buddy paid $10.49 at The Beverage King. Bottled February 2011. Bottle states 8 % ABV. Thick, Fluffy, ½ inch beige head that laced the whole way down the English pint glass. Aroma is light chocolate, malts, heavy roasted malt and light slight metallic notes.
The taste was ok. Chocolate malt, charred ash and hints of dark fruit. Mild coffee notes. There is a mild weak note of sourness. Body is medium with a smooth, creamy texture. However, the carbonation is a bit high. Real tingly on the tongue. The sour note gets a bit more distracting as the stout warms. Apparently there were some quality control issues with this brew. This bottle showed that only slightly. Still drinkable and not at all bad.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours black with a small, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The nose is chocolaty and full of dark fruits – dates, raisins and mocha. Medium to full-bodied and oily with very fizzy carbonation. Sweet, chocolaty flavor. Acrid, lightly bitter finish. Actually, a nice one from White Birch, although the over-carbonation did cut into my enjoyment a touch. A hint oxidized as well, but much better than expected.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle (Batch #2. Bottled 2/11. 9.0%ABV.): Aroma of malt, chocolate, slight roasting, and a hint of alcohol. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, loose, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, chocolate, roasting, char, slight coffee, and a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Tingly, fizzy texture. Lively carbonation. Malt, roast, chocolate, finish. 9%ABV is noticeable in the aroma and flavor, though not overwhelming or hot.
Ughsmash (6970) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2011
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bomber, Batch 1 (3/19/10), bottle #1 of 204. Poured inky black with a dense, dark tan head.. looked great in the glass, but the head settled a bit quickly. The aroma picked up sweet and soured chocolates, vanilla, and licorice.. the sourness wasn’t a good indicator, but it seemed like it might work. The flavor confirmed my fears.. sour, metallic, and unpleasant throughout.. some dry-roasted chocolates came through near the finish, but they didn’t help out much.. sour, sticky and gross. Medium-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation.. again metallic.. bad stuff.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle number 106/204 from 3/19/2010 (good, this has had time to fester), thanks to t0rin0. Pours with a foamy tan head over a black body. Aromas of iodine, fudge, vegital, nutty, ashy, roast, acrid, coffee. Flavor notes include: metallic, putrid, roast and tobacco. Huge, lively carbonation. I’m sorry, but this was horrid.
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 13, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A: The pour is black in color with a huge tan head.
S: Like so many other white birch beers, just an unpleasant aroma. It’s quite acidic with excessive roasted malt aromas. A bit of coffee and spoiled cocoa, maybe some char.
T: Lightly sweet, but fairly watery and acidic. Like the nose, there is some old cocoa and chocolate flavor. A bit of paper and cardboard as well.
M: Light bodied with medium to high carbonation.
O: Just unfortunate.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Capone’s, Norristown. Oily black pour, with a thin crisp head. Nose is strong anise and roasted malts, with dark chocolate undertones. Body is medium, perhaps a bit thin. Tastes of booze, chocolate, almost a hint of menthol. Overall it’s a pretty decent strong black ale, especially measured against the suckage of some other WBs.