blipp (6249) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours brown with a beige head. Chocolate malts, light sweetness, some faint spicy hoppy notes, and cocoa chocolate notes in the sweetness. Not a California Common, but not bad.
Jow (2235) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Gingerman. Dark brown pour with bitter chocolate nose. tastes of chocolate, grapefruit, touch of soy, hay, and bitter pine. maybe some vegetal on the palate.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"A pretty cool hybrid type beer. A hopped up schwarz that exhibits mainly characteristics of that sttyle...dry, roasty, caramel...but is hopped not quite like a black ipa, but starting to head in that direction. Nice, unique brew."
Cory (340) - , California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Lots of smoke and dark roasted grains in the aroma, long dry finish and a pretty hoppy taste. I think it’s the combo of the hops and burnt that gives you the long lingering bitter. Once it warms up some chocolate and coffee come forward but it’s still pretty mild.
Theydon_Bois (9642) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen, Little Italy SD, 19/04/14.
Light black with a moderate tan swirl and edgework.
Nose is red berry fruit, dark malts, light pine, hint of tropical fruit.
Taste comprises roasty tones, pine bite, mineral pangs, bitter grapefruit, liqourice, light spice, hoppy tones.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Decent CDA - yup CDA .... you don’t always have to hang off how the brewer markets it !!!
rlgk (11343) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Ballast Point Old Grove, San Diego. All black beer with a very nice lasting beige head. Hoppy roasted aroma, wort, licorice, chocolate, some grapes. Hoppy roasted flavor, grassy, floral, dark chocolate, hay notes. A bit odd.
marcus (6684) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capitol Beer &Tap Room. Pours near black with a thick tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a dry finish. Lots of flavor.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap] Pours a very dark brown color. Pinecone and good amount of roasty malt in the aroma. Toffee, molasses, milk chocolate and citrus hops in the taste. Kinda odd with the yeast choice, but not too bad. Tasting notes from 2/2014.
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark hazy brown, good head. Smells grainy... and even chemy. Tastes like chalky cocoa and malt with a medium body. Blah!
CrappyPappy (2) - Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap@ Pinthouse Pizza. The aroma is surprisingly floral and hoppy with very little malt. It settles to a nice lacy foam. The flavor is well balanced on the verge of limited, but the aroma makes up for it. For a lager this is a great beer.