NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 Draft at Maria’s. Pours black with a tan head. The nose is intensely hoppy with some strong fusel alcohol notes. Nose kind of reminds me of an imperial Black IPA. Body is full. Taste is un-focused, mostly due the 100 different malts. A very interesting beer to try, but severely lacking in a number of places. Still could use a bit of time I think. Still, a pretty cool idea for a milestone beer, for sure. Drake (14058) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2010
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin dark brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter minty, earthy hops, leather, chocolate, something faintly chemical, caramel, toffee. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, bitter leafy hops with some earthy and minty notes, soy, anise, sweet malt finish. Medium-full bodied. Faint booze. There’s certainly a lot here, but it is a little disjointed and off balanced. Interesting. Here’s hoping it improves with age, cause I’m buying at least half a case. kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle. dark brown/black color, little head and carbonation. flavor is of dark hops, sweet malt and light flavor of dark fruit. Hoppy flavor dominates, but i would expect them to fade and the malt/fruit to become more noticeable over time. mar (5436) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
bottle thanks to cavie. ruby pour with a cream head. nose is citrusy hops, syrup, licorice, and caramel, nice palate, syrup, hops, chocolate, faint roastiness. Cavie (4769) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle with big thanks to my secret Santa Pailhead. Pours a murky dark brown color with a bubbly edge of head. Aroma is a big mix of hops and smoked malts. A small bit of sweetness on the nose. Flavor is upfront on hops with sharp bitter notes mixed with sweet malts. Finishes very bitter with a touch of roast.
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
This beer pours a deep amber with a medium tan head. The aromas are bread, nuts. The mouthfeel is sticky and bitter with a medium body. Cheers! TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2010
12 oz bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). What a long strange journey it has been. I think this is my 6th of the anniversary beers (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and now 10). Pours a very dark brown, near black with a fairly opaque hue, a huge frothy dark tan head, cakes well and laces well. Stays fairly large. Aromas are nice, can’t lie about that. A plethora of malt elements show brown malts, a touch of cocoa, licorice, roast and toast, some caramel, toffee, biscuits. Sweet mellow vanilla. Moderate grassy and floral hops, a faint piney quality. A big dose of brown malts, earthy and tobacco influence. A lot going on in this beer, the hops are there but playing second fiddle. Initial is more hopped than you’d expect, dry and floral up front, touches of pine moving into brown malts, biscuits, toffee and touches of faint anise. Earthy tobacco, breads, the hops really jump at you, dry floral bitterness, pine, more. Nice, more like a bigger brown ale, a stronger American ale at it’s finest.. Malt dominance in complexity but enough hops to give it bitterness to balance. More cocoa and brown malts linger with that big bite of piney and floral hops in the finish. A nice warmer, and a marked improvement from the 9000 cough syrup bomb. Cheers, Bells jsmerig (1663) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma reveals slight amounts of floral hops and smoke. Initial sweet notes soon pass as the taste settles in to a nice smoky flavor that lingers long after the last sip. Pleasant aftertaste without sourness that sometimes accompanies lesser brews. Very hearty. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2010
On tap @ twisted spoke. Black with a beige head. It’s hard to get much aroma malt and hops. Sweet malts brown sugar dusty chocolate bitter roast and chocolate in the finish. Decent beer. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Sweet, chocolate and doughy malt nose, a touch of caramel and some light dark fruit. The taste is moderately sweet with light to moderate bitterness, some dark chocolate, some light caramel, some doughy malt, some dark fruit, and golden raisins.