lownote (178) - 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.
boto (1912) - 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 (2862) - 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 (4382) - 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. I’m thinking the hops may have been a hint past their prime, but still it’s a solid beer. I liked the balance, and it drinks nicely.
gunnar (5975) - 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 (1392) - 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 (7271) - 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.
Ron (2822) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Old toad. Aromas of roasted malt, licorice, piney hops. Black with a mostly lasting tan head. Dry, with some sweet maltiness, balanced by earthy hop bitterness. Medium-full bodied, complex.
DenverLogan (843) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a wax covered 22 oz bottle into a Caracole Saxo chalice. Pours brown with large brown head and lace. Aroma of roasty malts, straw hops. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, toffee, straw hops, hay, earth, caramel, nuts. Overall big and rich but lacking the dark roast bite typical of many black IPAs and overall more malty than hoppy bitter.
Blairgus (2932) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
26 dec 2014, bottle. Ruby brown. Nose is dry grassy hops and chocolate malt. Med/thin body and moderately fizzy. Chocolate malt, grassy hops, moderate alcohol, faintly tinny, grassy overall. Decent.