dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma is a combination of sweet caramel, bitter chocolate, and an overall presence of some earthy, slightly herbal hops and light pine. Flavor shows the same with a well structure malt backbone being soaked in chewy, sticky hops. Overall body is moderate, and finishes with moderate to heavy bitterness.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like a porter, looks like a porter but its not a porter. Pours black with a big, tan head, and lots of lace. Smells roasty overall, lightly sweet with a moderate dose of floral bitter hops. Tastes of roasted malts mostly with a building, deep citrus hop flavor as well. Medium/full body, ok carbonation.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle $9. Damn beer has gotten really expensive these days. Dark black,wow. smells like orange rind and malts, porter. It tastes like a very hoppy porter to me, dark malts, a little fruit from the hops but no pine and just doesn’t make me think IPA at all. I’m still not sold on the style but this was alright.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-16-2010 06:12:08
Atom (1371) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber pours black with large fluffy brown head. Aroma is citrus, pine and floral, with some roasted malts behind all around cherry sweetness. Taste has up front roasted and chocolate malts, smoke, aftertaste has a slight hop bitterness like an IPA. Taste has a nice balance in aroma between dark malts and IPA however it doesn’t transfer to the taste. Still a nice beer though.
Beaver (1315) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is roasted malts, cola and some black licorice.
The flavor is roasted malts and black licorice with a little chocolate and molasses leading to a big charred / roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.
Overall, it seems like more of a hoppy stout to me than a black IPA. Instead of fruity hops, I get the roasted bitterness.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at obriens. Black pour with tan head. Taste is big fuzzy malt to hops to barley wine sweet alcohol. Gooey back. Roasty to caramel. Good not great.
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Hopfest 2010. Hops, dark roasted malts, and... fuirt? Yep. Tropical, almost artificial fruit - like someone squeezed a gusher into a perfect black IPA. Or some barleywine. It overpowers the hops - I was expecting more from this. Pretty pour, though.
neepsntatties (1222) - 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 Bailey’s 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.
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium roasted malt body. Slight chocolate character with light fruity sweetness. Some subdued peppery notes upfront. Some sharp citrus that is attenuated by the bitterness.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 The pour is a nearly opaque black with a moderately full, tan, rocky, dense layer of foam which is mostly lasting and does leave lots of thick lace. The nose is nice but plagued by some imperfections; lactic notes and cardboard hide what seems like it could be an interesting beer. Notes of spicy hops, chocolate, and some resins found underneath the imperfections. The flavor is less plagued but still not what it could be; light Colombia roast coffee, spicy resins, some grapefruit notes, dark chocolate, and dark bread crust. The palate is thin, medium, watery, and lively. The finish is drying, bitter, resinous, bread crust, and some bakers’ chocolate. This is the second beer I have tried and this one still seems to be oxidized or infected somehow with the cardboard and lactic notes. However, the beer seems to be decent attempt at the style. I usually like this breweries small batch beers but this one missed mostly due to the imperfections.