Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old cleaned up notes: Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt, dark fruit and chocolate. Tastes chocolatey and citrussy with a nice velvety finish.
argo0 (13749) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with brown head. Aroma is medium sweet, chococoffee. Taste is moderately sweet, chococoffee, some alcohol, grapefruit. Moderately full body that holds the alcohol well.
DYCSoccer17 (3668) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the brewpub. Faint mild roasted, chocolate milk-like aroma. Aroma is just dead and lacking any assertion. Opaque dark brown/black color with a small light tan head. Sweet chocolatey start, turning quite hoppy and bitter. Grapefruitiness and booziness combine in the middle for a rather unpleasant sensation. Lacks the roasted maltiness and body. Way overhopped. Rubbery flavors are present in the finish. This is like a dark IPA, which totally doesnt jive with me.
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler: Penetrable black. Compact swirls of rich tan foam and a sustained rim. Ordinary scents of ink, prunes, burnt cookies, and cocoa dusted espresso beans. Lavishly soft carbonation. Thinnish, but oily, body. Opens softly, but suggestively grainy with roast before a bitter espresso onset. Brisk char yields a hint of smoke before flooding the mouth with nutty coffee as it steadily heightens. Roasted wood briefly stiffens the body, midway, before it takes on a soggy prune limpness. Tight pinch of salted licorice grips the rear roof of the palate as the espresso laced bitterness remains, though the body stays wet and milk-chocolate sweet. Rather unruly, but it’s well nuanced, with a tobacco ash and liquidized caramel background. Finishes minimally vinous and substantially wet, with a nearly nauseatingly brash level of gritty potting soil and burnt cookies. There’s not much finesse to talk about, as it’s a bit on the grainy and soggy side. Still a very respectful rendition. Thanks, mkgrenwell.
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is just lip-smacking good. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is strong chocolate, smoky roasty coffee, burnt dark fruits, molasses and caramel, with a strong piney hoppy presence. Up front is a load of smoky coffee and burnt chocolate, very thick chewy malts, with a very strong pine and herbal hop attack. Despite the strong flavors, this one remains very drinkable, and smooth as glass. There should be more collaborations between D8 and Willibrew.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
As black as a beer can get with a dark tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts,ocffee/espresso and chocolate. Flavor is rich, malty,chocolately with a burnt espresso charcater.Full body with a warming alcohol mouthfeel.