luttonm (7060) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2018 BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 8739 thanks to coyotehunter. Pours with a huge brown head over a murky brown body. Aroma of coffee, mocha, dark fruits, earthiness, and vanilla. Taste is roasty with raisins, yeast, currants and chocolate. Light bubbles, creamy mouthfeel.
Bottle in Seattle. My 7k tasting. Tall, odd foam dissipating to a regular brown head. Very dark leather brown. Unfortunately this old bottle is infected, ruddy cherry and funk on nose. Sip is fizzy and full, leather flavors are great, nice chalkiness with some ester. Bad shape but flavors are nice. Cocoa and tobacco. shawnmurphy (701) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2018
12-ounce bottle pours black with brown highlights, no head or lacing. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, dark dried fruits -- all faint. Flavor: figs, dates, coffee, chocolate-covered cherries, molasses, brown bread. Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, slick. tillmac62 (771) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2018
BOD 9/15/17. Pours as dark as a porter, nearly black. Normal head volume, lacing and quite outstanding retention.
Quite outstanding nose similar to that of an Olde Ale coupled with those of a mild stout. Rich dark fruit (prune, raisin) over a base that is slightly sweet. Underneath is a light char and even lighter note of chocolate.
Heavy medium body with a texture that is extremely smooth and hints at being creamy. The carbonation / body balance is adequate and soft, thus adding to the mouthfeel. Effervescence is present and tickles the tongue from time to time but comes across as a bit under carbonated.
The flavor profile is outstanding and rather unique. A base sweetness remains throughout. Prune arrives mid-palate and is the first flavor to separate, then quickly morphs to raisin. Chocolate makes a brief subtle appearance, then the sweetness fades allowing the char and roast to emerge. Clove makes an appearance near the end and lingers after the finish along with a note of bitter bakers chocolate. k0mpsa (3233) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2018
Bottle. Almost black color, tanned head. Aroma has raisins, oaky notes, some bready notes. Round sweet taste, some raisins, some oak, rye bread notes, sweet caramel malty notes. BeerdedDave (2041) - Beckley, USA - JAN 7, 2018
black color; dark, roasted malt and fruity Belgian yeast aroma; nice dark, roasted malt flavorwith lots of dark fruit and Belgian yeast flavor
ozzy70 (1357) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 31, 2017
12 oz. bottle. Poured black, lasting foamy tan head. Aroma was chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts. Taste was bittersweet, dark chocolate, creamy, coffee.
rdixon77 (3119) - Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2017
Nice. Dark leathery, bready, cherry and fruits, some chocolate. Still not too cloying or thick. Good stuff. ilovedarkbeer (2752) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2017
Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small head. Notes of roasted nuts, brown sugar, dried cherries, and spice. RedSox2004 (2000) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 21, 2017
Dark brown/ruby red with a solid one-finger tan head and oily lacing. Aromas of caramel, bread, dark fruit, banana and a hint of coffee. Bready and dark fruit sweetness accompanied by earthy hops, yeast and modest peppery spice. Medium body, well-carbonated, bubbly mouthfeel and a rich finish. tightslice (1532) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 10, 2017
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is roasted malts, dried dark fruits, leathery things, spiced breads, cloves. Taste is dark chocolate, dark fruited breads. Sweet and spicy with a good mix of creamy soft and crispy tang.