SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
22 oz. bottle - thanks to acrdz for the bottle; pours very dark brown and mostly flat and clear; chocolate, raw grains in the aromas; drinks very dry with a mild spice from the rye; decent
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle thanks to TheBeerSommelier: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany black with a spotty-lacing froth of beige head. Aroma of dry roasty dark malts and some grapefruity hops. Starts fairly full and sweet with nice rye flavor and very roasty bitter malty balance with a touch of citrusy hops. Finishes drier and bittersweet with some lingering dark chocolate and coffee flavors. An interesting and well-made brew. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle from Jimbo. Nice dark pour. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Lots of roasted malts and flavors of Espresso. Very nice. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2008
This poured a pretty dark brown almost black color with an off white/tan head. Aroma was really roasted aromas with hints of smoke and rye. Flavor was really unique, some sweetness, burnt/smoke flavors and a nice sourish rye finish. BeerFanDan17 (1121) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 24, 2008
A very unique and tasty brew. A blend of the milk stout and ale. Almost a scotch ale, but much darker. Malt, chocolate, and coffee are evident and hops are present but balanced. Really exquisite.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Deep brown with red accents. Nice tan lace but thinnish head. Light yet soft texture. Big roasty-burnt flavors and aromas made me think of chocolate and tar. Faint molasses sweetness. Black licorice bite without the anise aroma. Charcoal in the aftertaste. Malts were rather husky. Snappy hops were flighty, as they seemed to come and go too fast. Overall, I thought it had some nice things going on, such as the strong roast and bold grain bill ... but there were some objectionable things as well, such as the finish, which seemed a bit stark and bitter. Although, as the beer warmed, flavors did seem to improve, and a syrupy sweetness seemed to surface, which helped to balance things out. 00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2008
This one flopped for me. Looked like a glass of pepsi with a nice grainy aroma. Flavor was not so great and the finish tasted like i was a drinking cheap beer from a can and at $9 a bomber, i would hardly call this cheap beer. This was a let down. nearbeer (5450) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2008
650 ml. Translucent deep chestnut with a half-inch head that lasts and leaves Swiss cheese lacing behind. Aroma of peppery rye bread, molasses and light licorice. Flavor is similar with some fresh herb-hops peeking through as well. Nice bittersweet charry finish. Heavy body is smooth, peppery-tingly and roasty dry. Damn fine lager. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2008
sample on Nov 6, 2008. pours a dark brown with a bit of white head. the aroma is a bit different and not all that special. some rye on the nose. soft on the sides of the palate, very smoky with the rye on top. a little thin overall, but a unique beer that is worth trying. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2008
pint at Tylers Apex. Good aroma, Toasted malt, kind of smokey, salty chocolate, nutty, Brownish black color, small head ok lace, Bitter sweet flavor, rye bite with a minor burnt streak. Lite body, creamy mouth feel, bitter finish. Tasty, the rye bite really cuts into the sweetness of it. I have had a few of these before finally taking notes on it.