riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2011 sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The Dan Journal #492. Tasted 9/19/11. 22oz bomber #97/144. Pours opaque with a dark brown hue. Bubbled tan head. Aromas of anise and spruce. Hot nose. Spiced. Full bodied but very raw. Malty and bitter with an odd tangy flavor. Creamy and the barrel aging was a good addition. Chocolate and fig flavor. Big alcohol burn. Another oddity from Epic.
Nose is ashy roast, cola, ginger, brown sugar, tart sour infection notes. Not a good way to start. Assertively unpleasant. Pours inky black, thin tannish head. FLavors of ashy burnt roast, ginger, licorice, sour infected notes - almost seemingly unintentional for sure. Lingering roast/sour, unpleasant. I like some of Epic’s stuff, but this was straight bad. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2011
Bottle... Poured pitch black with a frothy, beige-ish head. The nose had hints of ginger with some roasted bitter-sweet molasses. Some spices on the flavor but sort of soured with an infection of lots of bacteria, probably from the french oak. Also hints of roast, brown sugar, coffee, and gingerbread. Didn’t exactly work perfectly for this beer. Pulled in many directions and confused my taste buds. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2011
22, capped, waxed, and strung. Cheers to Erika and Cody for 3 years of FTB and for brewing up a commemorative batch in her honor. Pours jet black with a nice creamy dark tan head that quickly fades away. Roast, soy sauce, and a bitter cola tartness on the nose. Flat, watery, sticky body. Cola, soy sauce, roast, and brown sugar on the mid-palate. Not an easy combination to muster into harmony. Long sticky tart cola finish. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2011
22 oz. bottle purchased at Full Throttle Bottles. This has a very nice tan head. The head sits on-top of an opaque black body. This is pretty damn good lookin’. I get a subtle ginger aroma. This is accompanied by a subtle oak aroma. The ginger is somewhat dominating. A bit of that molasses sweetness comes through, but not much of it. Wow, a little sour and milky. I’m not getting any ginger in the flavor. The body is misleading, and the texture is rather thin, considering how it looks. I don’t know if this thing is infected, but it’s not terribly delicious. In fact, I think something is wrong here. I love what this guy is doing with his brewery, and was very pleased with his Project One brew, but this is just off. It does have a roast aroma coming through, now that it has warmed, and that roast comes through in the flavor. I know exactly what is bothering me; it’s the ginger. I’m really trying to like this, but I just can’t. The oak is not present at all. The first of his brews that I’ve been disappointed with.