travita (4992) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle thanks to somebody, rating from my backlog. The smell is malts, roast, and burnt toast. The look is brown in color, clear, with a beige colored head. The taste is caramel, malts, burnt, and toast. ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours a murky dark brown, lots of particulate, slight amount of tan head. Aroma is nice, rich, roasty, maybe some chocolate. Body thick, rich, and slippery. Finish is a bit roasty, a bit of bitterness, dark chocolate notes. My kind of beer. zvikar (6087) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 2, 2013
BBOTMC. Pours dark clear brown with a huge fluffy tan head, aroma of chocolate, nuts, fruity tones, marmalade, flavor is roasted with some toast, chocolate, slightly smoky, orange, medium bodied, nice onceblind (9438) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Black pour, though clear enough to see floaties, under a thick foamy light tan head. Nose of toasted malt, a little molasses, and a faint roasty caramalt. Flavor is smooth while being a mix of roasty and creamy. Lots of black malt with a little caramel sweetness and toasted grains, with some noble european hop bitterness. Subtle, yet bold. A bit simplistic, but magnificent in its simplicity of roasty darkness. S_Side_Smitty (766) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is a perfect blend of molasses and dark malts with a faint peppery spice. Taste is an awesome blend of hops and dark malts - really balanced. Hops and milk chocolate hit you first in the palate followed by a light maple syrup and slowly fading to a bitter finish. Impressive flavor profile!
DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Black-colored with a big, somewhat creamy, tan head. Roasty aroma with dark chocolate, dark fruits notes and some piney hops, a bit subdued. Bittersweet roasty flavor with chocolate, cocoa, fruity notes, and a moderately bitter finish with coffee, some piney and herbal hops and a light ashy touch afterwards. Medium-bodied. Nice. Nuffield (4169) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Ah, the big debate raging: to what extent is it a stout/porter? Well, it’s different, but one can be forgiven for the comparison. The pour shows it to be as thick as a stout--quite rich in the body and head. I had a lot of floaties in there, which was the only thing that detracted from the appearance. The aroma is very rich with chocolate, coffee, and a bit of toffee, and in the flavor there were some distinctive licorice notes. There was a bitter, slightly astringent, metallic edge to it, mid-finish. Interesting German hops. Quite good. I would like to have this on draft, assuming they didn’t keep it too cold. Bottle. Dorkasaur666 (12) - - AUG 30, 2013
Just had one of these. Not exactly a stout or porter but pretty tasty. Mad River hasn’t disappointed me yet. Lots of darkness in this one. Taste of roasted malt, maybe some coffee and chocolate, and cherry and/or figs. They recommend serving at 45f but I enjoyed it more on the warmer side. Having said all that, I prefer their stout and porter over this one. MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
My Bottom Line : ThreeCats (891) - ISRAEL - AUG 28, 2013
Cafe latte, chocolate and rising resins converge in this smooth and wealthy strong ale.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam settles atop the darkness.
-Hazelnut oil evokes a creature in the Imperial Brown Ale range.
-The finish is rather easygoing (for a strong brew of this ilk, mind you).
-Alcohol is well hidden.
Clear black with ruby highlights and a big tan head. Aroma of roast, caramel, red wine, plums in syrup, cherries. Taste of roast, coffee, and cherries. Roasty and very coffee-y finish. Despite all the roast and coffee going on, this is very much not a stout/porter. It IS, however, quite good.