HourGlass13 (1097) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Pours a dark murky brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is smoky, earthy, dark roasted malt, coffee and light chocolate. Medium body with soft carbonation. Nice semi sweet smoky taste with dark malt and coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Dry bitter coffee like finish. freekyp (2466) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2016 A crisp dark lager with ample smokiness and herby hops. Crisp finish that leaves a bit of coffee and some metallic tartness behind. Noble twang features prominently. Pours a pretty deep auburn with a hint of light lacing. aumentm (750) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This is a serious black lager. You can take in the chocolate and coffee in the first pull. It is very dark with a nice head. hopscotch (11418) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle... Pours mostly clear and brown with mahogany highlights and a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. Rock solid, rich and decadent, mocha nose. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor is a bold marriage of singed espresso and toasted nuts. Finishes deeply roasted and moderately bitter. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian! keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2015
On tap at Barcade Philly.
Westchesterco (2274) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Appearance: Deep opaque chestnut body with a creamy tan head.
Aroma: Mild but highly enjoyable. Nutty and toasty with bits of chocolate. Slightly sweet leaning.
Taste: Easy to drink. Cracker malts, roast, chocolate and a light nuttiness.
Palate: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Drinks like a well done porter. Very balanced and approachable. Well done.
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown color it is very effervescent and has a size able head. The aroma is subtle chocolate with a hint of citrus. The taste is a strong bitter coffee that lingers on the palate. Really nice bitter finish Iphonephan (7474) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear dark cola brown with a massive gushing tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts. Flavors of smoke, tobacco and caramel notes. Medium bodied. Effervescent. generallee08 (778) - New York, USA - NOV 7, 2014
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015 Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a freshness date but no abv.
Appearance: The body has a very dark reddish brown color which appears almost black in the glass. The head on top is tan in color, thick and long lasting. The glass is left with thick lacing.
Smell: It has a very roasted and malty aroma. Dark bready and sweet notes jump right out of the glass.
Taste / Palate: It starts with sweet dark bready maltiness and then it adds mild coffee and molasses notes. The finish brings some earthy hops flavor and mild bitterness. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2014
This one poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of toasted malt, light peat, grassy hips and mild dark chocolate. Flavor was similar, very tasty stuff, well rounded and soft. orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Yet another bottle from Deuane and his bucket of bad luck. I have no idea how old this one is...
A - Pours very dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one and a half finger tall off-white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.
S - Smells of lots of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and the faintest hint of citric hops. I am pretty sure that if this was a bit fresher I would have liked this one even more.
T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roasted malt slowly giving way to hints of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and the faintest of hints of hop bitterness. The finish is a mix of dark roast and light sweetness, lingering for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, toasty, feel with plenty of it sticking around through the finish. A bit stale and one dimensional. It could have used a bit of that hop bitterness I detected in the nose.
O - Not too bad. I enjoyed it for what it was I just think it was a bit too old. I may have to seek out a fresher bottle of this one in the future.