lownote (206) - USA - JUL 5, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from tap pitch black with a thick foamy white head into a pint glass. Taste is rich in malts and alcohol. Moderate thickness. Really smooth but has a tiny bite in the aftertaste.
Thisis12ptfont (949) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of vanilla, nougat, carbonation, citrus, herbs, pines, slight dark malts, slight chocolate. Appears brownish black with heavy lacing. Taste is pleasantly bitter with big citrus, lemon, vanilla, and candied caramel upfront. Mid palate brings tangerine,orange peel, candied fruits, honey and a unique almost oak-like note. Finishes very piney, hoppy, resinous and bitter with very slight chocolate, dark malt, slick dark malt syrup and toffee maltiness. Overall, very nice stuff. Really IPA forward. If I were blind tasting this Iíd say itís an IPA.
Chudwick (2346) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber with BIPA written all over it. For it being past itís prime, it really held up and can only assume the bitterness has weakened. Roast is dominated buy the grassy resin hop aroma. Strong to complex bitterness.
glennmastrange (2381) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy dark bread and toasted for the malt, resin for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with notes of tar, pepper and licorice. Head is small, wispy, light beige with some spots of lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, slick with a lively carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish. Great drinkability combined with a nice mix of Black IPA aromas in this beer.
boto (1921) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: this one pours a very dark brown color, yet it is clear. A small tan head that leaves some lacing. Good nose. Some pine, herbal notes, a hint of chocolate and a whiff of alcohol. The taste is good. Big malt body, with just a small underlying sweetness. A pretty fair amount of hops to balance the malts. A touch bitter. Some roasted malts, chocolate, herbal flavors. Some grains and citrus. This is good!
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Jet black pour with a dense brown foam on top. Nose is heavy on charred malts, anise and pine sap. Roasted grains, pine resin, grapefruit, tobacco, ashy wood, chocolate and mild coffee flavors. Alcohol is noticeable. Quite dry overall. Heavy body. A good sipper. Tasting notes from Big Blue Craft Beer Festival in Sheboygan on 10/18/14.
ben4321 (4449) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 2/2/15
Aroma: The nose is a roast/coffee malts, un-sweet chocolate, with some earthy hops, and a pine
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a frothy light brown head and heavy lace
Flavor: The flavor is along the same lines, roasty, not very sweet, and with a good bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-plus, fairly smooth, with a carbonation, and a dry finish
This is a pretty solid one. Iím thinking the hops may have been a hint past their prime, but still itís a solid beer. I liked the balance, and it drinks nicely.
gunnar (6113) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Half Time. Pours clear very dark brown with a moderate sized beige creamy head. Strong resiny hops aroma, chocolate and light roasty coffee.Taste is strong resiny and citrussy hops, weak roast and chocolate. Lingering liquorice, me like, a lot.
brotz24 (4) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2015 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice darker color and not too thick. Malty but not to sweet with nice hop bitterness. Overall a good beer that I will drink again.
kassner (1397) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at mad mex cranberry. Dark cola color. More of an ipa than stout. Quite alcoholic and though balanced clean finidh. A bit thin
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at Avery Sourfest 2014, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, roasted malt, some slight pine, orange peel, touch of earth. Taste is a mix of earth, dark fruit, toffee, some roast, hints of coffee, some slight tart fruit notes, finishing fairly bitter, slightly dry.