anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Pours a deep brown color. Subtle aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Huge flavor of chocolate and roasted malt. Giant body, big and dry texture, soft carbonation. Perfect Palate. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle. Deep brown in color with a nice tan fluffy head. Malty and roasty aroma. Raisiny and date notes. Fruity and malty flavor. Spicey and caramel Sweet. Smooth. Well balanced. Finish is malty. Drinkable. Enjoyable. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Deep ruby in color with a variable grey head. Much is included in the aroma: grapes, raisins, pecans, sauna panels, tobacco, winter frost on mulch, cocoa powder, grape soda and wet dog. Big on flavor. English pipe tobacco, clothes chests, unrefined cocoa press, cherry pits and dark figs. Sweetening ensues from concord grapes and dark candi sugar. Fairly engulfing palate feel - not syrupy, but nearly an oil slick. Effervescence is dead on. Applaud the reaper. Finishes like a Christmas blend of pipe tobacco in cohorts with pinot noir. Nice stuff - thanks for landing me a bomber, tpkenned! Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2006
22 oz bottle. Porter looking with a tan head and lacing. Description says figs, red apple and dates and I dont get any of that. Instead I get chocolate, grapes and cocoa. Taste is nice with the dried fruits mentioned and even more cocoa. Roasted grains abound as well in this really tasty treat. Caramel and mollasses are in there also. Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2005
On Tap-Brewery/22 oz bottle (I had to try it both ways)
Beuatiful pour, nice off white head, moderate lacing. Very complex nose to this one. Currants? Blackberries? Mild hop note, very malty aroma. Very hearty mouthfeel, very rich on the palate. Again berries? currants? Lots of chocolate/cocoa notes as well. This beer has a lot going on, A symphony for the senses! Chuck’s most ambitious beer yet! Well Done!
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Multiple aromas in this one. Roasted coffee, some fruit notes and toast. Dark brown body but when held to light has that ruby hue. Head was average but was lasting nad some lacing cover on the glass. Flavor was alcohol bite at first. With a toasted roasty flavor in the middle and a caramel sweet taste at the finish. Man this is a good one. badczech (2) - California, USA - SEP 15, 2005 does not count
Aside from Sleighor Double IPA, the might be ReaperAle’s best. Pours dark with crimson highlights. Dense, respectable head. An eclentic palate of aromas: oak, rich, roasty malts, hints of molasses, raisins, and even bit on the sweet side.
Alcohol is apparent, but not overly aggressive. An overall, well-made strong beer. Tasty. :) Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Twenty-two-ounce bottle. Poured an almost perfect black. When held just inches from a lightbulb there is a red glow to it. Thick off-white head that led to nice lacing. To me, this is exactly what a beer should look like when poured. Dark fruit smell with earthy hop undertones. Sweet almost plum-like fruity taste at the front of the mouth with a slightly metallic, earthy hop taste in the back of mouth. Suprisingly hoppy for a beer this dark. More coffee and chocolate notes come out as the beer warms.Rich mouthfeel. Truly a unique beer. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Pours a deep dark brown with red highlights. Big off-white, somewhat frothy head. Smells a bit sweet and malty. I’d have to say that so far this is my favorite brew of this style of beer. Tastes dark and malty, nice and toasty. I also taste grapes for some reason. A bit thick on the palate but just right I think. Nice carbonation. Like I said, a great brew from a somewhat unknown brewer. Once I heard these brews were contracted through Green Flash I had to try them. OOB now, but they’ll be back up and running soon. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2005
22 oz bottle. This is pretty good stuff. Pours magnificent. Very dark with a very light head. Great contrast. Head lasted a very long time and left great lacing. The aroma was very malty with much molassas and other tones of darkness. The flavor was nice too. Mostly malty but with a decent, unoverbearing hoppy finish. The alcohol was barely even noticeable unitl I got through the first glass. Very good.