davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery, it was 6.1%. Aromas of berries, chocolate, and coffee. Taste starts sweet, with sour notes, and very long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Black, with a frothy off-white head.
OldMrCrow (1812) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Tap at the brewpub.
The Wig & Pen makes a lot of really nice beers and after trying a number of clear successes in a row I got cocky and tried this one against my better judgement.
.I should have known better. I somehow thought this might be a good complex beer with dry elderberry notes to add interest. Instead I could barely drink it. It poured dark brown with way to much burgandy highlights and coloration in the head; even seeing that, before smelling the beer, I knew I was in trouble This one was elderberry syrup at quadruple strength in a chocolate sodapop. About as bad of a stout as I’ve tasted.
madquacker (1038) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
High marks for originality. Odd beer. Chocolate and black forest cake. Sweet. Fizzy and different. Bizarre.