bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bomber. Pours clear dark brown with a lacy beige head. Aroma of caramel, licorice with a hint of citrus. The taste is very similar, but finishes with earth and pine. Interesting, and the flavors work OK together, but the overall effect is a little disjointed. You may need to be in the right mood to enjoy this one. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle, thx to Jonathan Wakefield. Pours dark brown color with scant tan head. Aroma of tire tread and asphalt. Clean, quaffable. Alcohol is well-hidden except in the exhale. A wacky beer, kind of like an imperial schwartzbier, I liked it. gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Black with a cappuccino flavored, thick head. Roasted malts, brown sugar, slightly lactic, chocolates, coffee and caramel aromas. Slightly spicy hops in the background. Really smooth palate. Tastes of toasted malt, chocolate, spicy hops, chicory, and pine. Well balanced jefcon (1921) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Black in the glass with a creamy half inch of head and some ruby red around the edges. Aromas are orange peel and sweet, with a dry malt component. Lots of alcohol up front, slightly dry on the finish. Some tart hops, cherry, long chickory finish. I expected a little more richness from the beer, and less of a sticky, alcohol-intense experience. Though the hops here are delicious, this is one of those cases where I can’t see how more alcohol improves the flavors. Darkover (1542) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and piney hops. Flavor is very hoppy and bitter with roasted malts and wood.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Deep mahogany pour with a small fluffy off-white head. Strong aroma of sweet fruity esters, mocha, pine, and some lactic vanilla notes. Flavor is sweet and creamy upfront with lactic sugar and vanilla that quickly give way to a creamy bitterness mid-palate through the finish. Lots of piny wood notes, and an overall earthiness. Palate is medium bodied, and somewhat creamy, but with an almost stinging bitterness from the hops and alcohol. Well balanced and very easy drinking jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2009
22oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head with some lacing and mahogany color. Aroma is citrus/mango-sweet, some pine, hint of medium malt. Taste is bitter citrus-orange/lemon peel, mango hops, secondary dark malt-ashy/licorice-dusty/musty/plastic/ house yeast. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for sharing. pistolpete (203) - USA - MAY 19, 2009
22 oz bottle... pours an espresso black, with a tan head... some nice fruit along with the coffee and roasted malts... another great one from southern tier.... BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2009
With only one or two exceptions, every Southern Tier beer I’ve tried has been exceptional, and I believe I’ve tried most of them. And this one is no different.
Body of this beer is black, but not impenetrable. I read somewhere else comparing its color to cola, and I think that’s right. Head was light tan and fairly abundant. Aroma is distinctly hoppy and floral, which is a little different for a dark-colored beer. But if you closed your eyes and smelled t his beer, you would think you were sniffing an APA. There was also some light toffee-malt notes. Flavor was more of the same - a bit of toffee, lots of hops, and a good amount of roastiness on the back end. This is not a challenging beer to drink - quite the opposite. I would say it is "big" based on the variety of flavors involved here, not necessarily on the intensity of these flavors (reading here that this beer is 9% ABV is a surprise to me). Quite good and highly recommended.
I bought this bottle at Blacklick Liquor on Broad Street a few weeks ago. BroSpud (2233) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Tasting at a beerfest [Disclaimer: This was tasted along with many, many other beers during a tasting at Julios. Some of the details are a little hazy]. Well done.