xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is sour, smoky, bright fruit, peaty, sweet. Is like sour scotch.
Taste is incredible. Smoky, peaty, sweet, slightly sour, but not acetic our overly lactic. Wow. Well-balanced. Not overly smoky or sour, or sweet. Just well-balanced drinkable and refreshing.
Finish is slightly sour, smoky and a touch cloying.
mar (4595) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a rocky khaki head. Nose is light smoke, sour, tart, wood, and light bourbon. Lively on the palate, slightly sour, tart, acidic, wood, and light smoke.
BelgianBeerGal (2971) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle traded in Nashville a few years ago. Dark pour with a big brown head and just a touch of lacing. Lots smoke in the aroma plus dark fruit and sour cherries. The flavor mirrors the aroma with espresso-like bitterness in the finish. Lots going on here. Maybe a little disjointed but still good.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
In short: A dark ale that is just a jumbled mess of stuff. Beyond chaotic.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed with some age on it… one year old? Bottle sent to me by grownfool, thanks Brian.
The look: Very dark burgundy (almost black) topped by a small beige head.
In long: Nose is all over the place, highly phenolic, smoke, dark fruits, wood coal, tart cherries, cassis liqueur, maybe some bourbon, other stuff… In mouth the beer feels thick-juicy (a bit slimy) with an abundant carbonation. The disturbingly high quantity of phenols from the aroma didn’t bother so much when sipping on it. A cluster-fuck mess of flavors, a smoked porter, juice from ripe dark grapes, cigarette ashes, tart dark cherries, acetic acid, other stuff... This really tasted like a classic early-morning beer, when only a few drunks remain standing up and we mix all the remaining almost empty unrelated bottles to create the ultimate beer-mess because we’re too drunk to care anyway. A lame mess, but I’m not expecting good beers from Tennessee, this state is known for producing the worst country music (the worst kind of bad music) as well as the best country music (the worst kind of good music).
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a trade with Rustyham. Pours clear dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of smoke and sour cherries with some oak. Smokey flavor with some tart cherry and oak. Slightly earthy. Medium body with average carbonation. A strange combination of flavors that works well for me. I really liked this one. Thanks Nick!
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2013 Bottle. Pours just about pitch black with a huge tan head. Interesting aroma of chocolate, coffee, cherries, smoke, caramel, a little bourbon, and light acidity. Taste is a clusterf*ck, tough to tell what flavor stands out the most, but it’s probably the smoke. A lot of roasted malt flavors with a good amount of sour mixed in. This tastes like something one would concoct from leftovers at a jtclockwork tasting. Medium-full bodied, well carbonated. Not for me.
dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with garnet hues and a thin espresso head. Aroma is chocolate, cherry and light tartness. Taste is smokey and lightly tart. Medium bodied and oily. Pretty good!
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared. Pours with a black hue and a small tan head. Aromas are of honey, floral, estery, lightly chemically, ethyl acetate, alcohol and leather. Flavors are of playdough, leather, sour, tart, earthy, lightly roasty. Medium vinous, light barrel character, medium carbonation, dry.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: November 04, 2012
Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: tart roasted aroma, dark chocolate, light spicyness, fusel, fruity apple
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate, plenty of sourness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
NielsenRatings (8107) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Crooked Stave Reserve Society bottle share, courtesy of joshclauss. Thanks! Pours a black appearance with a pretty small, brown head. Tart, acetic fruity, woody, light chocolate aroma. Mild vinegar, dark chocolate, cherry/raspberry, light smoky, kind of burnt flavor. Ok.
Steve_0 (2122) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Crooked Stave’s Final Release Party of 2012. Pour courtesy of Josh, thanks man! Pour is deep brown, almost black with a small brown head. Woody, raspberry, cherries, roast, and light cocoa in the aroma. Taste is toasty chocolate, cherry, raspberry, tart fruit, bready, and oak with a light alcoholic touch on the finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Meh.