Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 Updated draft samples from Ravenous Pig and GOBF ’08. I’m thinking I was a bit overzealous in my original rating, perhaps due to the excitement of having a new, good, Florida-brewed beer to try. Multiple subsequent samples have been less impressive, though still very solid. The below rating is relevent, with a few points being deducted in order to bring this one back down to earth.CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2008
Original rating: 8/4/8/4/16. Draft at Redlight Redlight. Prepared for a disappointment, this one really took me by surprise. Pours an extremely dark black with the faintest mahogany edge. A foamy, tan colored head shows nice retention and leaves thick sheets of lacing behind. The nose is very roasty, showing copious amounts of bitter dark chocolate, roasted barley, oatmeal, espresso, and faint dark fruits. A touch of nutty oak comes through as well. Flavors are again quite roasty and rich, with bitter chocolate and overflowing, roasted barley dominating. The balance is incredible, as is the drinkability. Medium-full bodied, smooth, and not in the least bit warm from the alcohol. Finishes dry and slightly chalky, which is the only major downfall. Toss the pomegranate out the window, this is an imperial foreign stout through and through. I really hope this translates well to the bottle, because it is fantastic on draft. Great brew.
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2008 Draft @ Redlight. Pours an almost opaque black. Aroma is deliciously roasted and warm. Hints of coffee, chocolate milk, a wisp of smoke. Flavor is intensely roasted with a touch of sweetness on the finish. Very nice beer. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2008
On tap in Plantation, FL. This is nice. Very nice actually. No real hint of the pomegranate, just a nice chocolate and coffee scented beer with some of the same flavors on the palate. Pours very dark with a very small head. Good amount of hops. Well done. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2008
draft @ redlight redlight. Its officially in, and on draft! Chocolatey malts and dark fruits come off the nose, blueberries, black raspberries, roasty aromas. Pours dark dark brown, black, with purplish reddish tints on the outside when held to the light, with a thin tan head. Good chocolate malt flavors, roasted malts, dark fruit, pomegranate, a lot of hop flavor coming through too, seems pretty hoppy, with a carmalelly dry finish. Very good! juiceisloose (1496) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Thanks to Bob Gordash, the brewer, for sharing this up at Redlight. This one poured a deep black color with a thin tan colored head that elft spotty lacing around the glass. The aroma is very interesting on this one with a lot of chocolate and a touch of roasted malts on the nose. Another whiff of the beer brings out some belgian yeast characters and a hint of the pomegranate. The flavor follows suit with the dark and milk chocolate flavors rushing forward with a small amount of roastiness and then promptly followed by fresh pomegranate. The pomegranate and chocolate came together beautifully and with great balance between the two. The mouthfeel was medium bodied that was almost creamy with some vinous quality to it. The finish was chocolate covered pomegranate with a touch of hops in there. This was really nicely done, and I am glad I got to try this. I can’t wait until he bottles this in April.
PhillyBeer2112 (2865) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Ditto to Dragonstout, thanks to Bob for sharing his brand new beer. A strong Belgian style stout of sorts. Neat stuff. Nearly opaque black, light creamy head. Nice aroma with mild roast and a frruity funky Belgian carnival. Chocolate, meaty roasted plums (what?), chocolate covered cherries but thats probably the pomegranate. Lightly vinous. Clean chocolate and roast flavors with pom in the background. Pretty well built, almost a dessert beer. A touch of acrid husky dark gains in the finish. Plenty of complexity here, really nice. DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Thanx to Bob gordash for sharing this at Redlight.Pours a gloomy black color with a small khaki head.The nose has chocolate all over it.the flavor was definately interesting. At 1st the chocolate slams into you and after that its little brother, the pommegrante comes by and kicks you some more.Well balanced beer, getting all the flavors intended.Also there was some vinous grape notes, wine like here.The finish had some tanginess to it.Well done.