drfabulous (3652) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Jungle Jim’s. Nice black color. Hoppy. Crisp. Pretty nice but I have no idea how old the bottle is.
Nuffield (3639) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting aroma, with notes of vanilla, fruit (grape, plums) and wood. Smooth body, low carbonation, easy sipping. Quite good. (on tap, Church Key, Washington DC)
DanielBrown (3629) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Gurd at Gurd’s bottle tasting evening. Sweet BIPA. Lots of raisin flavours, bundled in with some sweet hops. Tasty.
jkwalking05 (3517) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Black with a large beige head. Aroma is of light pine, grapefruit, roasted malt. Taste is of juicy grapefruit, light roasted malt.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Encinitas ale house... Pours a cola dark hue with reddish brown edges and topped with a creamy off-white head... Aroma of papery hop with a mild roast. Old... Flavors of faded piney hops upfront, medium roast and chocolatey middle and finishes with a medium bitterness. Medium bodied although a little strengthy. Not a fresh sample it seems.
kidmartinek (3320) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black beer with a bidy that’s more thin like a lager. Small bubbly tan head. The aroma is mealy and malty. Very bitter taste with hints of licorice, alcohol, and burned malts struggling to make it through that bitterness.
Idiosynkrasie (3273) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Pitch black colour with average, creamy, fairly lasting, moerately lacing, beige head. Herbal hoppy aroma has a touch of pine peppermint, salmiac. Taste is earthy, herbal, hints of coniferes, Bärwurz, Kräuterschnaps, minimally roasty dark malty; smooth, soft, silky, mouth-filling palate, long lasting finish.
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black,small beige head.Lightly spicy citrus hop nose.Mild citrus hop profile,medium roast, medium hop finish #4000 on my personal list.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of Bear Republic. Thanks, folks! Pours a deep, dark cola-brown color; creamy, sizable light-cocoa head: tiny bubbles along with solid retention and lacing; really nice pour on this. Aroma offers up cocoa powder and a bit of chocolate-covered caramel (nothing heavy) that quietly serves as the backdrop to a modest grapefruity and slightly pithy hoppiness; solid, lean, hop-forward composition. Medium body with moderate CO2, tiny bubbles; compared to something like New Glarus Black Top (wherein the hop bitterness takes over and makes one quickly forget the darker malt additions) this is a bit more charismatic when it comes to the darker malts, with distinct notes of cocoa and lightly rounded chocolate, and a bit more restrained in the overall bitterness; still, this is one of the better new releases to come out of Bear Republic as of late, and that hop bitterness slowly does begin to build and make one forget the darker hue; definitely doesn’t descend into the toasted marshmallow, milk chocolate sweetness of others; firmly bitter, and a really enjoyable, repeatable pint. Medium-length finish of grapefruit rind and a bit of lingering cocoa and chocolate; still on the dry side.
Kinz (3189) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Happy to try this, seems like it has been ages since I tried something new (for me at least) from Bear Republic. That is probably because it has been ages since I tried something new from Bear Republic. Pours a very, very dark brown, fantastic compact creamy head that lasts forever and sets down a great lace. Aroma is piney and grapefruit hops, with a light caramel note. Flavor is lightly (very lightly) of chocolate and caramel accented malts, with a hop finish that matches the nose. There is a very, very faint rubber note on the finish that detracts. Not sure if it is some sort of side effect of the dark malts, or perhaps a subtle leftover from fermentation. But it is the sole detractor from an otherwise fantastic beer. Even with that note, I liked this beer. Should note that it didn’t turn up until it had warmed considerably.