goldbrew (99) - USA - MAY 5, 2008
Respectable. Small head, very dark. Hint of molasses and chocolate. Fullness in the mouthfeel. Very little hop flavor in this bottle at least. Not a lot of depth of flavor, but what’s there is executed pretty well. Smooth and drinkable. elihapa (1553) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle, from Jon. Aroma of caramel malt, hops, baking soda. Initial flavor is malty sweet and woody, with caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of dark fruit. Finish is dry and a bit astringent, with stealthy bittering flavors creeping in. Maybe it was just me, but I could have sworn a slight metallic flavor lingering in the finish as well. Certainly not the rich finish I desired based on the initial (tasty) flavors. The mouthfeel of this brew is average, leaning a bit thin. So-so overall, but a nice story of a Labrador adds some character to this beer. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 13, 2009
Tap at Barcade? I think. (I’m backlogged at the moment) Very deep brown with crimson in the light. The thin tan head stays around. Toasted malt aroma- a touch earthy with some tobacco and thin cocoa notes. Rounded carbonation- could be less fizzy. Dark toasted flavor. Malt forward with some husky bitterness and tobacco notes. Mildly hopped with residual toasted biscuity malt notes. Underwhelming. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2009
bottle poured a brown in color with a coating of creamy dark tan head. aroma has brown malt, brown sugar, and pipe tobacco. mouth feel falls short and has low carbonation. flavor has minerals, malt, coffee bitterness, and chocolate. fiulijn (20493) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2009
Draught at Pony Bar, New York
NPRugby11 (219) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2010
Dark brown color. Light aroma. Medium body structure, with some chocolate flavor and dark caramel; medium-low bitterness. Easy.
A nice example of the style, deep red with toffee and hop scent, with caramel and a bit of coffee in the taste and aftertaste. ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - NOV 4, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with an off white head and light lacing. The aroma was dominated by lightly roasted malts and bready yeast with hints of roasted coffee. Mostly a caramel malt flavor with a noticable grainess and a mild underlying of dark fruit. Finishes dry, with a weak hop flavor and bitterness. Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2010
On tap at Flatbread Burlington.1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2003
Appearance : Dark brown
Aroma : Dark fruits and caramel. Light hops.
Taste : Caramel and light hops. Dry finish with notes of caramel.
Overall : Not very interesting. No complexities. Not bad but quite boring.
out of bottle this was a dissappointment. Little malt flavor even when served
at correct temperature. Very thin. Dark red color not matched by depth of flavor.
On tap my recollections of this brew more positive. dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Ok beer. Rather boring. Had a nice dark malt flavor to it. Finished a little on the bitter side.