durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2013 Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #262 of 1200. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thick beige head on top. Thick-looking froth made this one look like a milkshake. Big potent notes of chocolate and fudge grasp my attention. A little alcohol and vanilla noted as well. Nice aroma.
The body on this beer is a little disappointing. It doesn’t hold up the "bigness" of the beer as I’d expect. Thin feel with moderate carbonation. Goes down much too slick. The flavors also aren’t quite as bold as I’d like. Some chocolate noted, graham cracker, vanilla, and bit of alcohol on the finish. A good drink, but this falls short of great. A basic Brown that needs a little bit of work.
Bottle 142/1,200 from The Fresh Market in Greenville. Very dark brown pour with a generous bright beige head and good lacing. Nose of toffee, treacle, toast, a touch of hazelnuts, and a definite hop presence. Taste is cereal sweet with a nice hop bitterness. I had sort of been avoiding this in my fridge for the past two months, but this is really not bad.