TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big, bold and bitter, with dark chocolate and dark fruits rounding this out. This isn’t so dissimilar to Divine Vamp III and nor Ushitora’s First Impact (though that is the best). I just wish Bryan would have modified the IBA format bit more.
Capa (2426) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with a tan head. Bitter citrus, pine aroma with some malt coming on as well. Very bitter. The hop profile is kind of destroyed by the roasted malts. The bitterness of the hops shines through, though. I did pick up grapefruit. Dry, bitter finish. Very bitter and a nice, dark IPA