brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours dark mahogany, almost entirely opaque with barely a trace of chestnut edging. A beige head of moderate ambition rose to a quarter inch before falling to a skim coat of 100%. Some minor lacework of dots and lines testified.
Aromatics blast off with a big hit of black licorice and anise. Clove-infused black molasses are midway in the nose, followed by dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans.
Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and somewhat velvety.
Pallet is laden with spice-spiked roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Warming and slightly acrid. A balancing bitterness works well with some residual brown sugar notes.
Finishes with some spicy heat on the back of the throat.
A bit heavy-handed on the spicing, and certainly leaning in the direction of a robust porter, with a belgian slant.
Maybe a year or two in the cellar would be a good idea.
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a small, off-white head.
Smell: Smokey, close to meaty aroma with thrown together notes of plums, bubblegum, bitter herbs, and maybe even some caramel buried under there.
Taste: Caramel maltiness with a dose of a bitter digestif along the lines of Jägermeister. Plum fruitiness. Smoke-flavored bubblegum. Spicy yeastiness. Tart, acidic finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Oh man, what a mess. Just for the record, I did not enjoy this beer as none of the flavors meshed well at all. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2008
22 oz bottle. Very dark brown in color with a medium to large tan head. Aroma was very weird- licorice, cinnamon, smoke, dark malts and somewhat yeasty. Taste is light to moderately sweet with caramel, light chocolate, quickly fading into belgian yeast, as well as smoked malts. Medium bodied. Pretty strange. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Not really my taste. Didn’t sit well on my tongue. Some dirty socks and smoked malts. Some bitterness but is wierd. I did enjoy it as far as Rock Art goes because I have not been pleased with their brews so far. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. A strong licorice, peppermint, strong herbal aroma. Very nice. More mint in the flavor, lots of tobacco. I found this to be extremely unique and delicious, with the strong cigar and pipe flavors comin out big time.
beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2008 22oz bomber shared by JoeMcPhee at his gathering. I guess I am going against the grain here and believe me I have no love for this usually underwhelming brewery. It pours dark brown and clear. Aroma is strong with alcohol, sugary raisin, and a dry green herbal quality. Very cool, like an amped up Brussels black. Taste is very subtle, much less alcohol, light watery sweetness, and a lively fresh hop finish. It’s herbal, lightly sweet and has a soft mouthfeel. Definitely the best Rock Art beer I have ever come across. 8/3/7/3/16golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Re-rate I can’t believe how crappy this beer was the second go around, again at Joe’s gathering. I was more sober but I can’t believe thats the reason. Just tasted like a mess, some weird spice and sweetness that’s followed bu a weak body. I don’t know wtf I was drinking the firs time but it must have been a different beer. 6/3/6/2/13
Bottle, thanks to someone. Brown pour, off-white head. Aroma is some chocolate, smoked malt, licorice, a little meaty. Flavor is the same with some sweet chocolate present. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2008 Its like I don’t even want to waste my time and palate rating a beer that smells this bad. The beer is smoky, peppery spicy and meaty. All of these flavor would be good but they don’t blend well at all.
6/21 only fair to rerate this cause this time I actually like the jerky wood aspect of this stuff. Still very meaty and it goes really well with the stinky-ass cheese I’m eating. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
15 DEC 07, Southeast YeHa. bottle. Clear, dark brown. Smells like a pepper encrusted over cooked steak. Shoe leather. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Poured a deep brown color with a big beige head. The aroma was odd with notes of licorice and root beer. The flavor was sweet with some fruitiness and licorice. Semi-sweet finish. Warmth in the throat.