LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Update 1/24/14. Lots of coffee and roasted malt in this one. Light peppery spices. Spicy hops in the finish. There is probably some batch-to-batch variation, this one is super roasted with more coffee. Definitely hoppy too, but it’s more like a hoppy porter vs black IPA.
8/3/13. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of light roasted malt, sour wheat. Flavor of rich roasted malt, chocolate malt, with earthy and grassy hops in the finish. Lots of peppery, grainy spices too. Plenty of roasted malt and earthy hops to create a tasty blend, quite spicy, but it’s not your typical black IPA.
Beerman6686 (5057) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a dark brown color with a small biege head. Aroma was of lots of dark roasted coffee with some nice herbal earthy hops. Flavor was less coffee and more earthy hops, a bit watery and flat but decent overall.
cheap (4430) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2011 Nice clean fresh attractive beery aroma. Big dark pour but not viscous. Nice tan rocky head, package looks yummy. Initial impression is lots of nifty sizzling CO2, I like that. Good fun from the start with a slightly tart backbone makes this a little wild. Yes, really comes across fresh and civilized, no hint of IPA rudeness per se, yet there are hops to be found. Just enough roasty old wet wood porter bitterness to put it a tad above a porter with personality; but never approaches stout status. Hides alky content fine. Overall good beer drinken experience at Bowsers, on tap. Looking for more fun beers from this brewer.