phaleslu (10271) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Crowler shared by djd07 - thanks again, DJ! The otherwise blank crowler was markered up with the name of the beer and "about 10%" on it. Pours an opaque dark cocoa brown with a small beige head that settles into a tiny ring. Notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, ash, caramel, and tobacco. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a roasty, rich mouthfeel. Nice. DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/29/16] Crowler sample at a hotel room bottle share during RBWG 2016 in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Black with a tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, licorice, hops. Roasty flavor with chocolate, coffee, licorice, bitter hops. Medium-bodied. Ferris (15336) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
Growler - Sweet, dark roast, cocoa and light ashtray. Jet deep brown with a small brown head. Sweet and big bitter roast with a huge bitter finish.VsXsV (4439) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2016
Earlier Rating: 8/1/2015 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle - Sweet dark chocolate and lots of cocoa. Jet black brown with a nice brown head. Sweet dark chocolate, cocoa and a milk chocolate finish. Tons of chocolate, bit on the sweet side. Pretty decent.
Crowler. Opaque black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of coffee, light licorice, light bread, light ash, toast and dried fruit. Taste is dry and medium bitter with notes of coffee, light licorice and light toast. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice. saltyseadog (66) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2016
For my 10th beer rating on the site, the rating that puts me on the scoreboard for community beer scores, I wanted to do something special and review something I have a personal attachment to and haven’t had a chance to comment on to date. The brew I ended up settling on is Brash Beer’s Smoglifter, easily my favorite sweet stout, and probably my favorite stout of the decade overall.
AROMA Dark chocolate, chocolate milk, chocolate milkshake, toffee, cane sugar, caramel, and light roast coffee. Faint traces of plum or raisin hiding underneath. Roasty coffee notes are definitely present but very subdued compared to most heavy stouts and very delicately and exactingly balanced against all the other elements.
APPEARANCE Pours dark from the very first drop, reminding me of the color of Kahlua with an extra dark tan to brown head less than a finger deep, but it hangs on all the way down. Bubbles on the bottom of the glass, not on the sides. Picture perfect.
TASTE Roasty coffee and dark chocolate up front, dark chocolate and milk chocolate in the middle, with a long finish of dark chocolate and caramel sweetness punctuated with a pleasant belly warming alcohol effect. A roller coaster ride from lips to stomach.
PALATE Full bodied but light, lively but not fizzy, creamy, easy, and satisfying to drink.
OVERALL A real treat. One of my favorite beers. Makes me want to curl up in front of a roaring fire with a dense slice of biscotti, chewy icingless brownie, or even a box of chocolate graham crackers, letting it soak up all that malty goodness. This beer is like a tall glass of chocolate milk for a grown-up, and really makes me back to when I was about 10 years old in some strange visceral way. Brash Beer is a young operation that seems to have transitioned majorly in the past 2 years from Massachusetts to Texas, and from wide national distribution to regional taproom focused business. Not sure when or if I’ll have the opportunity to try this beer again, but for tonight at least, I’m in beer heaven.
djd07 (14521) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2015
On tap at Brashland. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head that lasts leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is strong chocolate, roast, nuts. Medium mouth, milk chocolate, roast, light sweetness, very nice. portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2015
2 year old bottle 22 oz. pours black oily very murky with a deep tan thick head that fades to a thin film with a nice collar. Aroma is bitter soft soy dark bakers chocolate roasted malt hints of anise/vanilla bean. Taste is bitter soy roasted burnt malt bakers chocolate and more faint anise licorice and chocolate marshmallows. Palate is full sticky smooth and finishes a bit chalky. Very good! katrinaez (2021) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Aroma is overtly chocolate, no mistaking that. Other scents, Graham cracker, dark black cherry, brandy reduction, creme Brule. Taste is bitter and rich. No carbonation. Not a velvet feel, but a full feel. Bottle hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2015
22oz bottle. Poured a black color with a small sized brown head. Lots of chocolate with roast, earthiness, and vanilla. Nice chocolate profile with the alcohol content well hidden. jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle: Pours a very dark brown color, near black and topped with a finger of creamy brown head. Strong chocolate aroma with light roast and lacto. Huge chocolate taste, sweet and silky. Rich cocoa with minimal bittersweetness. Light roast and a little dark fruit. Solid.