Travlr (22467) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Gusher. Very dark brown color, massive tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel. Taste is fruity caramel. Hmmm...
lownote (556) - Austin, Alabama, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black from bottle with tons of head. Smells smokey and a bit chocolatey. Med/light mouth feel with lots of carbonation. Taste is roasted goodness with flavors of chocolate and chicory. Sweetness and a little hop as well.
sinfull (1521) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisly underrated . Black color , medium beige head . Aroma of roasted malt and caramel. Balanced taste of roasted malt , caramel and earthy hops. Decent ale.
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprised by the ratings below I thought this was a very solid beer. Pours very black with a nice lacy head. Aroma is somewhat subdued not as roasts as I would expect. Taste is very well-balanced rich toasty coffee chocolate. Very complex for a session strength beer. Finishes refreshing.
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ttoadee (1335) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour, minimal head. Nose is heavy roasted grain. Little sweet. Middle is coco. Finish comes in dry and roasty. Not bad.
kevinator (1985) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought this was better than the average rating indicated. However, I was somewhat surprised that it was classified under Belgian ale. This was almost like a mix between a schwarzbier and a Belgian. Faint caramel malt aroma. Dark brown color with a sustainable head. The palate was actually favorable with a weight and solidness I enjoyed. Flavors were subdued with caramel and burnt sugar flavors. A certain roasted character also came out with a hint of Belgian yeast. Not a great beer but better than expected. This was batch 5 and from what I understand the original releases left a lot to be desired. Hereís to getting better at your craft.
bhensonb (14486) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 c&c from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is dark malt with a touch of cocoa nib type chocolate. Med body or so. Flavor is earthy, dark malt and not much coffee - but a little bakers chocolate seems present. Earthy, unsweet chocolate. Not really very bitter, except for the earthiness, and Iím not getting much in the way of fruity ester. Maybe a little yeast/spice. Yeah, sort of like Iíd imagine a Schwarzbier made with Belgian yeast. Donít know why it has such a low rating, except perhaps it is very different. Iím a drinkin it all!
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at GTMW ticket line, pours a very dark brown with a thin head, the aroma is of light chocolate with maybe a little bit of coffee poking through, the flavor is light and watery with some chocolate in the finish, not sure what to think of this one.
monk191 (1875) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
They call it a belgian dark, but a little boring and watery. Pours a cloudy black with a bubbly tan head. Smells a bit of cinnamon. Taste is watery, like a black lager, with nothing really standing out. Paired with deep fried macaroni and cheese balls, nothing changes. Had in the bottle.
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with tons of head. Smell is roast malt and coffee. Taste is dry cocoa chalky chocolate. Pretty tasty. Very drinkable. Dry and not very hopped. I like this one quite a bit.