Dogbrick (14389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Sample at Great Taste of the Midwest on 08/09/2014: Dark copper-amber color with a medium light beige head that recedes steadily to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, yeast and fruit. Light-bodied with flavors of chocolate malt, earthy yeast and spiced fruit. The finish is roasted malt and bananas. Above average overall. BeerKurve (520) - - JUL 20, 2014
Pitch black color. Nice malted wheat and dark fruity sweetness with a bit of chocolate roastiness in the aftertaste. Pretty good Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2009
On draught at the brewpub in Duluth, Minnesota. Pours a semi-clear dark copper brown colored brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malt, a hint of banana, Belgian yeast, and chocolate. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of Belgian yeast, a hint of banana, chocolate, coriander and some dark pitted fruits. Finish is slightly metallic, a touch on the sweet side, with a powdered banana and yeast aftertaste. Stine (1802) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Firm mahogany appearance under a milky film. Yeast-forward aroma of doughy fruits powdered in coriander and ground orange peel. Acidic. Anise and black cherry provide a damp, dark intrigue of earth. Hints of chocolate mousse or grenache. Green apple occasionally forces a singular push of tangy sweetness, and it lingers too often to be forgettable.
Flavor has a lot of that dark vinous character that aligns naturally with the layers of spicing for a nice impression. Acidity collects a dustiness and a smokiness of gamey meat when it eases itself into the dark malts, projecting a gorgeous light roasted coffee blend of savory and tart. Mid palate shows a touch of black malt astringency arriving as dead coffee soap.
Clean, soft yeasty palate with a gentle sparkle. Dusty anise and coriander sweetness a calm finish. Rounded and textured, with most of the right elements in place; this is a style that would seem difficult, but here seems not so much.