afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Pours clear mahogony with almost no head. The smell was a lightly roasted with a hint of sour peach. Maybe a sanitation issue? Very little flavor, just a hint of toast. Watery palate, slightly chalky. Possibly the worst one in the variety case. kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
12oz bottle, from Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours amber brown, with a small tan head. Aroma of nuts, toasted malt, and some chocolate. Flavor is quite underwhelming, there’s a small amount of caramel, chocolate and tobacco, but not much else. Thin bodied and watery. It’s not a BAD beer, just really unremarkable. obguthr (6824) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Chestnul and light maple syrup aroma. Dingy brown, thin off white head. Nutty with a pronounced bitterness. Coffee notes in the end. Thin mouthfeel. Good tasting, but somewhat disjointed. ganache (6088) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2014 Bottle, 50th rating for this brew. Toasty malt with a little of that spaghetti sauce funk I only find in the odd English hop and German Kellerbier. Walnut pour, still a bit light, with clingy, rocky tan head. Taste initially promises dryness but soon becomes cloying. Light toasty funk with some nuttiness. Light body, generally smooth and very creamy. Aftertaste dries out somewhat. Little earth, buttery without the diacetyl. Surprised how much I liked this one (and I did!). [2009.05.14: 3.3]Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2009
An intensely prodigious gusher, never before has a beer been so overcarbed without shattering its container. Foam smelled nice enough, I guess? [2014.09.28: 0.5]
THOUGHTS: Nice beer, but nothing special. Fairly easy to drink, but very complex.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium to dark reddish brown with a small, light tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma was OK but very weak. There was light to moderate caramel and nutty malts, very light hops and slight cola. The initial flavor was slightly sour and lightly sweet; while the finish was sweet and ever so slightly bitter with a short duration. There was not much balance. There was caramel malt, nuttiness, a little sour malt, a hint of chocolate and ever so slight hops. The medium body was like watered down syrup with fizzy carbonation and a light astringent and slightly metallic finish.
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2009
Dark brown body with slight white head. Aroma was nutty and caramel. Flavor was chocolate and malt. SpringsLicker (3685) - Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2009
Pours clear brown with an average sized off-white head.
Caramel malt aroma.
Light sweetness, a bit of hop dryness but no hop flavor or aroma. A bit of carbonic acid bite to the palate, effervescent and light bodied. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2009
Dark brown body with a minimal white head. Caramel malt aroma. Light chocolate taste, some toast with a nice light hop accent. Smooth ending with a bit of chocolate. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2009
(12oz bottle) Medium beige head that mostly dissipates, atop clear chestnut brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some molasses, light toast, chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some toast, light chocolate, nut. Watery light-medium body. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Clear brown appearance with a medium size, tan head and a fair amount of lacing. Subtle aroma leads off with caramel malts and ends with a faint whiff of chocolate. Toasty, malty taste; some bitterness. Hops were rather muted. Medium-to-light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel, a fairly thin palate, and a short lived finish.