KUEric (917) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Actually had this beer two weekends in a row not realizing it was the same beer (one bar had abbreviated the name).
The beer is very dark black like a schwarzbeir. Lighter/whiter head than I would assume from a beer this dark. The mouthfeel is little watery with a bitter finish. The flavors are a little bit sweet: molasses, caramel, roasted malts but with a hop undertone (I think there is less hops than other rates have commented on). And with both the hops and the malts I just wouldn’t call it balanced. The mouthfeel seemed to just fall off and end.
SudsMcDuff (7509) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
As i stood there under the bright sun, pondering my existence .. i thought to myself, is this frisbee getting bigger and bigger - then it hit me!!!
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, light beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap that coats the glass with rings and splotches of soapy mocha lacing.
Earthy hop aroma with hints of pine needle as well as some citrus fruit notes. This is balanced by a slightly smokey, roasted malt presence. Hints of pine, grapefruit and lemon peel countered by chocolate and caramel malt, smoke, burnt toast and roasted coffee bean.
Medium bodied with a bitter, earthy hop blast up front that is contered by a roasted, smokey malt flavor mid-palate and a bitter dry finish. The hop presence is prominent with a lot of earthy pine flavor that lingers throughout. The citrus notes from the aroma are faint if there at all resulting in a mostly bitter beer that has a nice malt backbone. The malt presence is more prominent than expected for the style with an acrid, roasted/burnt presence. Hints of roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal with hints of sweet chocolate, nut and toffee.
This beer is an interesting experiment, but for me, there’s too much of a malt presence for it to be a good hop based beer(IPA, Cascade Dark Ale, Black IPA, American Dark Ale, whatever you want to call it) and too hoppy to be a malt based beer. It’s not bad really just kind of all over the place with it’s flavor profile.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Poured black with ruby hints if held up to the light. fizzy white head, that laced the glass. Aroma was very fruity, grapefruits. Flavor again, fruity. Grapefruit and pines. Full bodied, thick texture. Fizzy carbonation. Bitter, in a good way aftertaste. Warming. Dry.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Again in the can. Pours as black as any stout or porter I would claim to be good. small to medium tan-hued head. Aroma is sweet toffee and toasted malts. The flavor is very well balanced, the hops are sharp with their pine and citrus highlights. The malts are robust and toasty. The body is medium, which fits very nice to the flavor. The only knock I have on this beer.... I swear there is a metallic taste to the beer.... From the can or from my head.... Still a good beer.
BrewBoxer (2489) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Smells of chocolate, chicory and pine. Dark black color with a small head. Tastes of molasses hops and. Pine. Pretty good. Id have it again
Tricountybeer (167) - Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
can. pours dark brown/black color nice thick tan head. aroma: smoke, little citrus and floral notes. Roasted bitter flavors combine with hop bitterness,fairly thick consistency. It does finish nice and dry. Good stuff, but not a favorite.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Dark brown in color with a medium off white head. Small citrus hop aroma. Taste is dark chocolate, a hint of soy sauce, some coffee, with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Needs more hop presence other than the bitterness in the finish. Pretty solid, but slightly lacking.
Radek Kliber (6869) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can 355 ml
Aroma rich fresh hop frontal aroma , sweet citrus touch.7+
Appearance dark brown with large creamy top. Rings on glass. Handsome dark IPA.
Flavor and Palate : Medium bodied , smooth clean hop. Slight sourness on sides, alcohol paired with alpha hops. Good.
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep taste with refreshing malty goodness makes this a new favorite of mine.