goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Poured a very deep opaque brown/black color with a beige head. Mild-moderate sweet fruity aroma with a roasted malt base. Notes of plum skins, chocolate, smoke, and dried dark fruits. The flavor is roasty with a taste of dry ( not dried) fruit and cocoa. Light smoke. Medium bodied and warming. Nice stuff here. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Tap at BT. Pours a really deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a thin lasting head- some lace. Aroma is smoked malts, meaty, lots of caramel malts, crystal, toffee, molasses, brown sugar- hints of peat smoke and earthiness. Flavor is more earth and molasses, leather, smoke, peat, plum fruitiness, honey, turbinado, with a mostly clean yet meaty smoke in the finish- smooth and big! vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 Draft @ Blind Tiger. Black pour with some light head. Tons of aromas and flavors, mostly caramel, nutty malt, with hints of fennel, alcohol. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Tap at Blind Tiger: Deep brown, near black pour with a tan film of head. Lots of peat and tobacco qualities in the aroma with a cocoa note as well in there. Soft sweetness of vanilla as well. Silky feel with a richly malty flavor as well. Some milk chocolate, sweet peatand tobacco notes. Earthy with a subtle hint of smoke on the late middle and a toasted cocoa finish. A nice attempt at the style with a smoke presence I usually look for. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Tap at the Blind Tiger for VSK. Another in a line of absolutely the worst named beers on the planet. Good beer though. Surprisingly smoky, hammy, mild grassy hop aroma, with notes of caramel and sea salt. Caramel and ham smoke flavor, smooth and wild but uncomplex. Pretty mellow and nice at this age. The smoke profile is quite reminiscent of Tom’s Cinderbock, this one is just bigger and sweeter. Seriously though, can he hire someone else to name his beers? They make me wince every time I see one.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Draft. Pours a black brune body with a tan head. Nutty coffee roast y body, loads of caramel with light wood notes. Hints of licorice, toffee, and a mild warming. Nice ale. j12601 (10955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2009
On tap at the Blind Tiger’s VSK3 event. Pours a jet black, still, but with a thin tan head when agitated. Sweet caramel and malt. Smooth and creamy, excellent mouthfeel. Malty and full of caramel, with a long warming alcohol finish with hints of bourbon and caramel.
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2009
From growler courtesy of santoslhalper. Roasty chocolatey malt with molasses and light licorice. Has that smoky sweet tang and malty sweet character with a little hop character. Fruity chocolate covered cherries. Dark brown black clear with a foamy light tan head. Medium heavy body with medium carbonation. Sweet and heavy malt with roasted grain, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Cherries. Very little bitterness. Warming. This is nice and smooth and delicious. A bit beyond the style but darn good. dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Growler pour courtesy of Jon. Pours brown/red/black, thin brown head. Nose of huge chocolate and cherry, alcohol and caramel. Taste is roasty and caramel, chocolate, with mild bitter. Absolutely tasty, full body. Chewy. Great brew Jon. Please make this one again. Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
From a growler that Jon brought to the old club. Pours a really dark brown with some reddish hues and a small 1/2 finger light tan head. Aroma has a ton of cherries and fudge. There is a lot of alcohol presence as well. The flavor is extremely rich. It is some kind of a chocolate cherry cordial. This would be a very nice desert beer. No real flaws. It is a touch sweet, but that is standard for the style in my opinion. Body is like melted butter. This is awesome.