chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2017 elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque, dark. Head is thin, yet dense and coherent; tan with a purplish tinge. Aroma is restrained, with alcoholic fruit (cherry, grape, and, yes, pomegranate) most prevalent. Some chocolate malts are present, but they are definitely relegated to the background. Taste is dominated by fruitiness (again, pomegranate and cherry) with burnt chocolate malts playing a supporting role. Alcohol is detectable throughout and almost threatens to upend the other flavors. In sum, a good, but not great, fruit beer. On a personal note, my inner epicurean applauds the brewer for trying this combination, as pomegranate and chocolate make an awesome combination. But this beer is a bit unbalanced. There needs to be more malt flavor here; I simply didn’t get that roasted flavor characteristic of a stout. Alcohol needs to be toned down a bit. Some issues, but this could be a winner and fill a real niche in the fruit beer category.
From 2011 notes: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a very dark reddish brown, but looks nearly black in the glass. Starts with a thin tan head but this disappears quickly, leaving only a thin ring and virtually no lacing.
The aroma is primarily that of fruit and toasted malt with more than a hint of pomegranate; Hints of hops and yeast. Smells sweet
The taste is flavorful, with pomegranate juice quite evident, although, of course, I am expecting this. If I wasn’t, I might suspect some mix of fruits, including prunes, in with a generous amount of roasted malt and some hops. In any case, the finish has a definite prune component, and has become sour and a little bitter after the initial sweet hit. High ABV is largely hidden.
M - smooth; medium body; could use more carbonation as this would reduce the (undesirable for me) syrupy feel.
O - flavorful, unique, interesting but ultimately not very appealing. Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2016
A deep dark imperial stout with a thick frothy lacing dark brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with loads of dark fruits, molasses, alcohol warmth, light vanilla, nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with loads of dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, light chalky notes, nice and smooth. Bottle. oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2016
Nice dark body with a small tan head. Great aromas of chocolate and burnt malts. Flavor had a nice bitter bite to it. rajendra82 (1101) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2015
The pour consisted of an impressive looking, opaque colored, solid black body, topped by a one finger thick head. When held up to a bright light, the body revealed some deep red highlights. The aroma of the beer was just as impressive as the looks, with loads of black coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, and roast grains hitting the nose with each whiff. The taste was grainy, astringent, and has a backing of burnt sugar. The finish had a molasses like sweetness. The body was touch runny, but the feel was creamy and not disappointing in any way. I could not detect much of a pomegranate presesene in the beer, but still a fine stout as is. Homer321 (5166) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2015
Nose is dark cherry and fig with some sherry. Pitch black pour with minimal head. Taste is moderately fruity with some light alcohol warming. Dried grape and plums too. Not too bad for an old beer from the rotte
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Black. Coffee and chocolate notes with obvious pomegranate. I had more, but my stupid phone cleared it. frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2014
My favorite Holy Mackerel variety. Coffee, burnt caramel and lots of earth on the palate. Delicious. devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Black ale with a big up front roast with a medium crisp body and a chocolate roast finish, not much fruit AndyW68 (1589) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Would like to try minus the pomegranate. Still very good. Near black pour with deep tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate with a sweet back. Taste is similar, but the sweet is a bit much at the end. ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2013
FROM NOTES: June 29, ’12
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
A: Strong roast, chocolate, malty notes with a sweetness and dark fruit taste.
A: Pours a dark brown-black with a half finger tan head that leaves absolutely no lacing.
T: Pretty much follows the nose, but the pomegranate flavor comes on strong at the finish.
P: Mild carbonation and medium body.
O: An interesting brew that surprised me with the roasted notes. Personally, I could have done without the pomegranate, but that’s just my personal taste...