corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Thanks to kubrick215
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with faint mahogany edges and a two finger frothy beige head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lace.
Surprisingly hoppy with lots of earthy pine in the nose contrasting the roster and silky chocolate malt. Hints of caramel, oatmeal, toffee and coffee bean contrasting the earthy character.
Again, this is surprisingly hop forward with a lot of earthy pine needle and subtle sweet citrus notes. The crystal malt is actually used as the balancing element here. crystal malt backbone with subtle hints of chocolate, oatmeal and toffee. A bit too hoppy for my liking with not enough f a malt presence for the style.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Dark color with a tan head. aroma pleasant and inviting with heavy roast on the verge of smokey. Chocolate malts, light citrus, chalk, hops. toffee and grains dry bittersweet finish MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
dark brown, thin wispy white head, lightly oily. Off, lightly lactic nose, bit oxidized. Thin body, roast heavy, light milk and iron through the finish. Drying, sticky body. Wood. nimbleprop (8376) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
22oz bottle pours an opaque black with a soft, off white head. Nice toasty nose, dark bread, coffee grounds, brown sugar, a little molasses, sweet, malty. Flavor is nice, brown sugar, malty, toasted brown bread, coffee. Medium bodied, dry finish. Very drinkable. Travlr (24656) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2010
22 ounce bottle, not sure who brought this one to the DC/Baltimore gathering. Metallic taste, otherwise unremarkable.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
22oz bottle. Medium tan head that mostly dissipates atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, light grapefruit/earthy, smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, roast, some bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, light effervescence. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
22oz. Poured a deep brown with really no head whatsoever. Big bubbles roam around the glass. Nose is floral hops, some citrus fruits, mint. Taste is watery, some cedar dryness, chalkiness, roastiness coming through. Chalky palate. EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Herbal hop aroma with pine and mint. Dry milky stout with a light bitter hop finish. BeerandBlues2 (13303) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear black with a small-medium, fizzy beige head, low retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of lightly sweet wood, charcoal, and smoke. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of lightly sweet wood, charcoal, and smoke. Medium body, warmth, carbonation, and creaminess with a sweet finish. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Chalky, milk chocolate nose, some caramel, very light. Taste is dry, lots of chalk, some chocolate and cola. Bland and chalky.