5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pitch brown, nearly black, moderate frothy light beige head, very sticky lacing. Subtle roasted malt nose, slightly bready, very minor fig/date as well. Smooth malt body, pale roasted malts, very clean, no residuals. Mouthfeel is fairly moderate tho. This one is too easy to drink, a true measure of how good it is. Probably one of the better ones I have had.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with a snappy swing top that poured a deep brown hue with reddish highlights. The beer is topped by a small but tight off-white head that left better than average lacing. The aroma has notes of caramel and nutty malts, rye, dusty yeast esters, prune, and some bittersweet chocolate. The taste starts less sweet than I would have guessed with a bit of acidic fruit snap on top of the rich malts. Grainy and malty throughout this nicely drinkable brew. Light grassy bitterness on the finish which was lively and refreshing on the palate. A nice surprise, I enjoyed this more than expected, worth the $3.50.
Braudog (6497) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Swing top ... OK, I didn’t expect this to be a dark beer for some reason. The aroma is smoky and meaty, like beef jerky. But after that promising introduction, the beer falls flat ... literally. Flat and little texture and without any strong flavor components, this settles to be a moderately chocolatey beer with a mild chalkiness and a hint of smoke. (#3086, 9/9/2007)
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (500ml - swing top). Poured very dark brown-mahogany with a huge, thick, creamy-sticky-shiny lasting tan head - nice drapes of lacing. Very dry dark-roast malt aroma, nutty, lactic, some prunes, burnt caramel dark chocolate and yeast. Taste is milder than the aroma promises, nutty roast malt, milk chocolate, hint of woodsmoke, and a bit sour - mouthfeel is slick, creamy, a little watery - nice smooth and creamy linger, not too sweet.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of spice, chocolate, some toasted malt, some pepper. Tastes sweet and chocolatey with some tea, and dark fruit present. Rich mouthfeel and a very enjoyable beer. Hard to believer this is an under 5% beer.
riversideAK (6231) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light roasty chocolate aroma, also slightly metallic. Pours super dark brown with a small tan head. Flavor is roasty, slightly sweet malt with a light bitterness in the finish. Clean crisp finish. Light with mild carbonation.
Suttree (6198) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
If it comes in a flip top bottle, its got to be calssy, right? Right? Reddish brown, luxoriously thick tan head. Toasty, spicy aroma. Faint pine flavors mix with pepper, water cracker and fresh bread aromas. Well blended together, but nothing really stands out. Well made and smooth.
thedm (5952) - Fredonia, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bolled brew with a flippy top poured a medium sized light brown colored frothy head of mostly lasting bubbles that left behind an opaque dark brown colored body with no visible carbonation and a fair lacing. The aroma was mild with malty notes and the mouth feel was mildly tingly and faded in the finish. It had a mild malt flavor with a mild hoppiness that came out in the aftertaste.
nuplastikk (5914) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Thick, amber-mahogany color with a huge. lasting head. Taste is very mellow, with mild chocolate and caramel notes being the backbone of the beer. Very smooth and drinkable, a great lager. The aroma is nice and fresh with a light herbal touch to it. A very sublime, quality beer.
JPDIPSO (5868) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep orange/brown color with a tall antler colored head. Just a frosting of lace. Dark toasty malt aromas. Somewhat simple but a fall afternoon sniff for sure. Pumpernickel bread comes to mind while giving this a taste. A bit grainy and a touch of sour-mash comes in late and whisks the flavors away. I like it in a autumn type brew as straightforward as it is.