theisti (4179) - Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle #2283. 750 ml bottle provided by heemer77 for the 10/18 tasting. Pour is deep brown black, smallish tan head that falls fast. Aroma roasty maltiness with some pine hoppiness. Taste starts nice with the roastiness, but turns really sharp and metallic - overload of pineiness and sharp alcohol. Not terribly pleasant burning aftertaste. As it hit room temp, it got better quite a bit better. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2008
From a 750 ml bottle. A tan and orange colored head topped a deep black colored body. The strong chocolate scent was accented with lots of malt and almonds. Bitter dark chocolate and tobacco were the primary flavors that I was able to pull. This finished dry and roasted. Good, but not great. joergen (28964) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Bottle.
Black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Roasted aroma of dark chocolate and liquorice with notes of smoke..
Sweet and roasted flavour dark chocolate, liquorice and hops.
Roasted and hoppy finish. hellbilly (3247) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2008
bottle # 1933/3708... pours opaque and a touch more brown than black. it’s topped by a root beer float/hot cocoa foam colored head. lots of webby, foamy and spotty (yep, all of ’em) lacing. the aroma is oddly floral and hoppy at first but turns quickly to high roasty grain, scalded cream, berries, chocolate, savory smokiness and a bag of whole coffee beans at ten feet away. metallic maltiness fades out to reveal flavors of vanilla, woody/oaky spicy funk, brown sugar, high roast, rich malt, unsweetened cocoa powder and it’s bitterness, light char and a dry almost sour/sharp grainy finish. spiciness and alcohol vapors cut through the richness while the aftertaste shows more chocolate and coffee. it’s heavy and thick on the palate, smooth and luscious... sweet but not cloying. it’s seemingly dry from the massive roast bitterness, abv% and hops. nice. i wish this was a regular offering... FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Batch 2176, Bottle 3708; Sampled September 2008
dalekliz (924) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2008
An average pour easily produces a four finger thick, richly browned, concentrated tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, but doesn’t quite get to black, it is more a dark chocolate color, though it is quite opaque and doesn’t pass any light through its depths despite being held directly up to the light. The head is quite dense and creamy, though it seems to disappear a bit quicker than one would expect. The aroma is quite roasted, but not acridly so; it picks up a certain salty, smoky quality that reminds me a bit of peat smoked malt. A toasted, woody background aroma supports a savory roast character that is very well executed. The aroma is devoid of many of the problems that many dark malt beers have, this is quite smooth, with out any sharp-acidic burnt grain notes, little distracting burnt grain husk notes and instead comes off more as a mix of dark chocolate, smoke and maillard rich, concentrated malt character. Not overly complex, but I do like how smooth the aroma is.
Very thick bodied, it is sweet though not cloying as the malt character has so much dark grain character to it. The beer finishes with a burnt, slightly acidic roast grain character that adds some balancing sharpness that cuts through the thick, chewy, sweet up front flavors. Flavors of unsweetened cocoa mix with an almost salty / iodine-like, concentrated malt character, richly sweetened black coffee roast flavors, blackened toffee and a touch of caramelized butterscotch are all pretty noticeable. The finish has a mix of warm alcohol and some sharper spicy oak flavors to it.
This is definitely well carbonated as my second pour produces another four finger thick head. Interestingly enough the head has a lot of bitterness to it; the beer itself is thick and rich enough that the hop bitterness is barely noticed, but as evidenced by the head this actually has a lot of hops in it. Actually as the beer warms up the hop bitterness in the flavor starts to become much more noticeable than before.
This is quite a bit more enjoyable than I was expecting. I really like how well balanced it is, while it is super chewy and somewhat sweet, this serves as a great foil for the roast malt character. This can get a touch of burnt-vegetal notes towards the finish, but it is far smoother and well behaved than I was expecting. This is definitely quite an enjoyable beer; rich, velvety and smooth, just a great sipping beer and a good way to finish out the evening.
Purchased: Papago Brewing Co, Scottsdale Ca
Bottle, sampled at RBSG 08, with thanks to bikesandbeer. Pours a deep black with a huge, tan head. Big malt aroma, with fruit, wood, and a hint of smoke. Taste of burnt malt, wood, and sweet berries. Lingering burnt malt flavors. Very tasty. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2008
750ml bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Poured a nearly opaque black color with thin ruby colored edges. The head was light brown and retained its height well. Smelled of chocolate and roasted stick with whiffs of smoke and alcohol. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with a splash of raw alcohol. Ashy and very roasty flavor accompanied by subdued molasses and lingering roasty bitterness. Not bad. rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Bottle 1928 of 3708 from Papago Brewing.
Pours a thick looking brownish black with a huge brown head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted barley, coffee, vanilla, dark malts. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, fruit. Finishes with a bit of coffee or chocolate bitterness and a interesting fruity taste (apricot?). Nice creamy mouthfeel and alcohol well hidden. eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Bottled. Pours black with a dark brown head. Big bitter coffee aroma with roasted notes and some hints of sweet chocolate shining through the mostly bitter aroma. There are also some smokey notes upon further inspection. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Some bitter coffee flavor with some spices. Chalky with some vanilla. Finish is chalky and bitter. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2008
RBSG ’08: Poured black with big tan head. The aroma was of sweet roasted malt and sugar. The flavor was of both chocolate and vanilla with some brown sugar. Medium bodied and sticky.