bubbleflubber (2241) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Pours a black chocolate into the glass, almost opaque with ruby hues. The head is tan... first frothy, then quickly diminishing, leaving slight webbed lace. To the nose, the Nefarious contains smoke-roasted coffee grains, cherries and hints of dark bittersweet chocolate. Wow.... the flavor is extremely dry.... I pick up huge amounts of coffee, with secondary smoked grains and roasts, unsweetened dark chocolate bark and just a hint of cherry effervescence. The finish is definitely dry-roasted coffee with continuing dry cherry overtones. The mouthfeel is creamy cold coffee, strengthened by sitting for a long while after percolation . The cherry effervescence is noted throughout the pull, just peeping through from time to time. The smoky roasts really make this brew, and it took me a few moments to acclimate my palate. However, after acclimation, I began to truly appreciate all the complexities at work. Decent job... certainly a specialty brew; not my session choice, but I’m glad I had it. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - SEP 23, 2006
On tap. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Pours an opaque dark reddish brown. Good-sized fluffy off-white head forms on pour and gradually gives way to a thin ring around the edge that leaves touches of lace on the sides of the glass as it goes down. Aroma is chocolaty with touches of dried grain and a slight, unfortunate hint of metal. Flavor has a solid chocolate base with touches of vanilla, almond, malt, and distant but distinct hop spice. Unfortunately, this flavor presentation is a bit muted, knocking it down a point or so. Medium palate with a hint of dried fruit in the back of the throat. I’m generally not a fan of Ska products but I like this one.
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2007 draft at map room. pretty decent, i couldn’t much aroma out of it. pretty much dominated by chocolate, pretty roasted as well. some hops, pretty light bodied. reasonable. rerate: rosewater and chalk. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Poured a dark brown with a good tan head which didn’t leave much lacing. Aroma was of chocolate and coffee and vanilla. Flavor was of chocolate and coffee and the sweetness of vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall though not a great beer. Shag (3047) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Unlike the only other SKA beer Ive had this didnt smell like dog shit. Instead a sweet chocolate aroma. It poured a almost black with a beige head. A roasted flavor with some chocolate and raisins. A good beer for sho.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2006
I liked this brew. Pours out black with a small brown head. aroma is sweet and malty with a bit of coffee. flavor is somewhat sweet with a nice dose of malts. over all a nice brew indeed. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2006
From what I remember from this brewery, they are not very well known for their ability to brew really good beer. This is something like the bison beers, these people have potential to sky rocket, but they need to hit the right stuff. This is much closer to "the right stuff" than any of the other stuff I have had from them. Pours out a dark black color with a tan head. Smell is malty, hoppy, roasted malts,fruits, and coffee. Taste is similar,with alot of roasted malts and hops taking over in the taste. Turns out this is a fine example of a baltic porter, one of the better ones I have had. Now if they could just dedicate having some goodness on their double IPA they would be in business. User37895 (3085) - - AUG 16, 2006
Eh, another imperial porter with not much going on. In fact, maybe Gonzo has more than this (and I’m not much of a Flying Dog fan). Pour was dark brown with a decent initial tan had. Lacing was nice too. The aroma was coffee, chocolate, vinous notes, dark fruits, maybe a touch of molasses. The flavor was similar with coffee being most prominent. Coffee was a bit bitter and not so good, with a slightly cloying sweetness underneath, just not all that good. Mouthfeel was syrup-like, lightly carbonated. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 Pours black chocolate w/ a shallow semi creamy chocolate milk froth. Residual lacing is minimal. Aroma of brownies. Full nectar w/ ample soft residual effers. Malty w/ big roasted coffee bean, slight leather, tobacco, charcoal, cherry brownies, and bakers cocoa. Theres a defined hop velvet bittering from start to finsh.The alcohol is well hidden. The finish is long w/ a slightly sour bittering leaving a heavy roasted ccoa flavor on my palate. Nice! Overall: Balanced big roasty malts. Highly recommended. Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a small brown head. Roasted malty, chocolate, coffee aroma and taste. Medium body with a light dry, light alcoholic finish.