3fourths (7524) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
fresh bottle. nose is soft mixture of cocoa-accented dark fruit syrup, bitter dark chocolate and mild to medium herbal spice (dried hop leaves, grass, spring spice cabinet) - all with subdued strength. texture is at first chewy with medium to full body, then turns dry, pungent and bitter, with a spiced herbal hop flavoring tingling the tongue for minutes afterward. light cocoa butter and grapefruit rind in the finish, but it turns somewhat thin/watery as well. still, not a bad version, and it seems to be a medium-strength stout hopped up to IPA levels.
deadvirgo (1) - USA - SEP 10, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This is unfortunately my new favorite beer. Itís unfortunate because itís Limited Edition, and because itís pretty expensive. Iíve always been a fan of Alaskan Brewing Co., and I havenít always been a fan of Imperial IPAs, but this beer is a perfect example of this styleís highest potential. I imagine it would go great with red meat.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The blackest of black IPAís Iíve seen...almost stout-like in appearance with a dark mahogany body and a creamy eggshell head. Aroma is bright with lemongrass, grapefruit, pine, and a small dose of roasted malt. This beer is extremely hoppy...flavor shows lots of resin with douglas fir, spruce, and ponderosa all with an opportunity find the tongue. Tons of citrus as well. Again, the malt takes a back seat. Nice bitter finish.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From Boltz75555! Pours almost black with a cream colored head. Aroma has some earthy hops, lightly toasted malt, and some chocolate/caramel notes. Flavor is a subperb balance of hops and full malts, creamy, lightly sweet, finishes bitter and is a very well rounded beer.
MikeTheWizard (12) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours very dark brown/black with a thick caramel colored head that stays foamy for a while. Aroma of cocoa and grapefruit. Very complex taste that flows with strong roasty nutty flavors, coupled with a good hoppy bitter punch. Velvety mouthfeel and milk chocolate aftertaste. A very good beer
neepsntatties (1023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Baileyís Taproom in Portland, OR. Colour... essentially black with a very thick tan head. Nose... decidedly hoppy with a dandy balance between citrusy hops and piney hops. Palate... nicely thick though not necessarily coating with coffee-like flavours, bits of bittersweet chocolate, roasty malt and resonating waves of hops that play along nicely on the back palate and through the finish.
savnac (2363) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh 22 oz bottle. Dark chocolate brown with a thick, creamy, sticky light tan head. Aroma of piney and citrus hops with some coffee and caramel, light alcohol scent too. The flavor is acidic coffee, semi-sweet chocolate malt and a hop bitterness that comes in at the end. Medium to full body with a mild carbonation and a thick creamy mouth feel. This is a great beer, but not what I really expected. Very thick and chewy for an IIPA and the hops arenít really that pronounced.
leeburg (223) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Appearance of root beer but less carbonated. Aromas are pretty light, of rye, floral hops, grains, hints of citrus and definitely some sugary coffee. Flavors are an interesting intersection between a roasted barley and floral hops, slightly sweet at first with a quick descent into thick bitter grapefruit peel and overly roasted but sweetened coffee with a sticky, sappy, long-lasting hop finish. Full-bodied, full-flavored. Add another to the list of exceptional ales coming out of the brewery down the road lately.