Originally Posted by harlond
Tasted this for the first time tonight. It poured a nice dark-brown head, which looked great, though it didn't last long. It's totally drinkable. It's not great, but it's quite drinkable, maybe a little astringent in the finish, but my palate is so undeveloped who knows. Anyway, I had 25 gallons of failure when I tried brewing years ago, now I've got 500ml of success.
It's more of just a quaffer than a knock-your-socks-off brew. As far as the astringency, that just comes with using dark roasted grains. You can use chalk in the strike water to reduce this I'm pretty sure, or it will mellow out a little with age.