superspak (4675) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 6/22/2015. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, light coffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light herbal/dark fruit, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with poor strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, light coffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean flavors with minimal yeast notes in the taste. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice black and tan style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
islay (2221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 10-30-15. Pours a clear, reddish brown with tan head. Dark red hue. Good looking beer. Light, simple, inoffensive, beery aroma. Very little of note to the smell. Cracker scent. Basic, lightly roasted flavor. Cracker dryness. Hard for me to generate notes on this one because it’s so bland. Lively in the palate. Light to medium body. Refreshing. Utterly unmemorable. Not of modern quality.
unnoDey (5) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2015 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s like the watered-down version of a dark, non-mass-produced beer. It’s aroma is not really too pleasant, its mouthfeel isn’t great, and there aren’t any intense flavors. It doesn’t make me gag, though, so it is, at least, drinkable. Did you expect anything more? If you care enough to rate beer at all, probably not.
SteveOrz85 (215) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 12 oz can served in pint glass. Big three finger tan head reduces to a thin cap after several minutes. Reasonable amount of lacing. Aroma is on the weaker side but comsists of roasted malts. Taste is lights but smooth with light notes of roasted malts, toast maybe some creamy vanilla like notes. Very smooth finish. Light to medium bodied beer with light to average carbonation. Overall very enjoyable beer. Obviously nothing particularly specially but a very good beer for the money. A good easy drinking well priced staple dark beer.
DrNosha (1680) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vom Fass im Brauhaus. Schwarze Farbe mit braunem, kaffeeartigem Schaum. Röstmalz, Kaffee, Bitterschokolade, Toffee. Der Geschmack ist runde. Karamell, röstmalz, dezent Kaffee. Abgang süßlich und ganz spät herb.
vipinvelp (3841) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark ruby, small light brown lacing foam head. Sweet caramel aroma and smooth light bitter caramel taste. (Chicago 201510)
ordybill (1313) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Gettysburg Eddie’s in Gettysburg, PA. This is a brown colored beer with a tan head. The aroma is slightly sweet with some coffee and malt notes. The flavor is full of malt and some caramel. A nice black & tan.
LetsRiff (16) - Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Completely off the rails from the beers I’ve been reviewing. Slight caramel note in the aroma. Dark brown to black appearance with a khakis colored head that doesn’t last long. On the heavier side of bitter. Full-bodied beer with a creamy texture. Nothing about this beer is overwhelming. Balanced well. Instead of the lawn mower scale, I will compare this beer to Matthew McConaughey’s performance in True Detective: dark but extremely well-done.
countrybrewer (1) - orchard park, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorites, very smooth, great mouth feel, just the right amount of bittter flavors , nice toasted malt with slight coffee notes
Savage_Night (422) - California, USA - SEP 12, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a khaki head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, brown sugar, spices, herbs, herbal hops and dark stone fruit. TASTE: dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, herbal hops, spices, creamy and molasses. AFTER TASTE: creamy, spices, malt and molasses with and oily light finish.