richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
surprise surprise, a Back Road beer courtesy of BBB63. pour was gorgeous, jet black with a huge, creamy tan head. sweet nose, fig, orange, chocolate, and caramel make up a very potent bouquet. a slightly burnt malt taste with alot of toffee and chocolate. the aftertaste is very burnt, as that heavy roasted flavor lingers behind in the aftertaste. i have yet to be dissapointed in anything from Back Road. Thanks mike. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Sampled at the Milwaukee YEHa!05 courtesy of BBB63: Nearly opaque dark brown pour has a thin-lacing light tan head. Complex sweet cherry and dark fruit aroma has a lightly roasted milk chocolate balance. Starts with light fruit and dark toffee malty sweetness turning more dry, roasty and bittersweet toward the smooth drinkable finish. A very nice brew. Sad to see this is a one-time thing. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, fruit, and light coffee. Pours a dark brown with some orange hilights when held to the light and a small off-white head that quickly fades to a ring. Chocolate and caramel up front, Hints of fruit in the middle. Big roasted malt and roasted coffee finish. jsquire (4537) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Very dark beer with mahogony highlights when held up to the light. Thin brown head. Lots of alcohol in the nose, with raisen and other dried fruit sweetness. Roast grains, chocolate, some coffee, with a nice hoppy finish. Very tastey beer. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Thanks so much to Tom for this one, you certainly didn’t have to leave it at my house! 22oz bottle. Served at 59° in an english pint glass. Nearly black with some red tint and the edges and a nearly non-existant, hazy, head. Smells like a true baltic porter, roasty with some buttermilk-ish sourness. Aroma also is nutty with coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Smells great. Mouthfeel is initially large and creamy. The initial taste is dark malt, cream, and mocha followed by a rush of very dark roasted malt, smoke, buttermilk, and bright citrusy hops that counter balance this extremely roasty flavor. The finish is above average bitterness and some more roastiness. Smooth, full body that finishes easy. This is a very easy drinking 8.5% beer, not too thick or overpowering, but packed with a ton of flavor. Very tasty.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Guess who this came from. Black body, thin tan head. Estery, smokey aroma with chewey dark chocoalte. Bitter chocolate and apricot in the flavor with a bit of charred barley. Great flavor. Dry chocolate finish. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Thanks to Mike for sharing this: Pours a dark brown, small off white head, aroma of licorice, light chocolate and caramel. Flavor is sweet, lots of sugary toffee and cocoa, tasty stuff. The alochol is there, but not offensive. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Milwaukee YEHa!05, brought by Mr. Back Road himself, BBB63. He swears he doesn’t work there...seriously! Deep brown body, thin/medium beige head. Chocolatey aroma, with roasted malts, sweet, almost cloying Hershey’s syrup (similar to last year’s Christmas Ale in this regard, but lighter), Nesquick (maybe that’s a better comparison?), plum, and Grape dimetapp (medicinal). There’s a "house" character to this aroma. Big, roasty body, a bit dry and charred, with chocolate, licorice, and Hershey’s syrup. A bit rough on the palate. There’s a lot going on here, but it doesn’t quite come together. JPDIPSO (6257) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Tosa YeHa ala BBB63. Very dark brown with a moderate tan head. Wow this is a lot like the XMas and after reading the XMas they even advertise it. Less coffee and smoke, but more roast qualities. Some hints of strong dark chocolate. More roasty than the strength I would like in this style. Another one I could enjoy, but not really embrace. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Nearly opaque but some cherry shines through when put to light. Otherwise, its color is a deep, midnight brown underneath tan sheets for the head. Milk chocolate rolls out the aroma red carpet, followed by a chocolate covered mixed bag of nuts, liquefied brown sugar and cinnamon icing and spicing taking me to memories stemming from Cinnabun. Subtle robustness gains flavor momentum throughout its progression, transitioning from a teetering milkiness to a dark chocolate, unsweetened scratch. Eventually, it’s (gratefully) futile to try shaking the flavor reminiscent of hot chocolate burning in the pot on the too hot electric stove top. Yeast strain is clearly one-of-a-kind, and might be partially responsible for imparting a tobacco and black earth dimension. Sharp synapse at the valley of the tongue, dancing with dark chocolate and cocoa beans. Thanks for bringing this one along, Mike!