deyholla (7697) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours a near black with a creamy brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces. Aroma has notes of light dark grains with some earthy pine and a hint of rye and roasted malts backing. Flavor is similar with a bit of dark grains, rye, roasted malts backed by earthy pine.
Maltser85 (337) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with tan head. Well carb. Red tinges around the edges. Grapefruit and pine up front with a roasted nutiness. Taste is nice pine with some grapefruit. Mild roast. Nice body.
brokensail (12479) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Haven Gastropub. Dark brown in color with a tall khaki head. Roasted malt, hints of coffee, and lots of piney hops on the nose. Hints of honeydew, orange peel, and herbs. A little bit of a grass and pine bitterness to the flavor. Lots of roast and herbs, too. Citrus peel, melon, and a bit of burnt sugar sweetness. Not bad.
tmoreau (2820) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters showing a cloudy, dirty brown hue, with persistent, frothy, light tan head foam, and waves & spots of clingy lacing. The aroma was subtle, with mellow roast, dankness & grain, light spice, and malty creaminess. The taste was malty, along with notable, dry & earthy bitterness, and lively carbonation that gave some false sense of heft to the body, which I perceived as light to medium. Have enjoyed better style examples, and didn’t really wow me.
nearbeer (4050) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couple of 12 oz. on tap at Alewife. Black with a lasting ring of creamy foam. Big nose of spicy citrus, toast and a touch of mocha. Tastes of fresh orange and grapefruit, caramel, spicy dark bread, resin and a touch of coffee and chocolate. Medium body is smooth with medium carbonation and has a very nice balance and drinkability.
Iphonephan (4039) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a clear dark cola with a massively thick ecru head. Aroma of roasted nuts and pine. Flavors of pine resin with some licorice and burnt caramel. Bitter finish.
naivepegasus (350) - USA - APR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a lot of beige slowly dissipating head. Raisin and spice in the nose. Taste has some dark fruit, chocolate, and burnt toast. Interesting and complex.
obguthr (4419) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Charcoal, grapefruit nose. Dark brown, meNeat interplay of grapefrudiym tan head. and chocolate. Umami. Nice
Narnad (1492) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with a very hefty, tan creamy head that remains elevated. Aroma nose has a lot of grapefruit and orange citrus from the hops followed by mild rye notes, toasted barley and light roasted malt bitterness. Flavor starts with a lot of grapefruit/orange citrus, light pine notes from the hops but this quickly becomes a bitterness that combines very smoothly with the caramel sweet, light rye spice and smooth toasted malt note that comes late. The body is very nice with a modest/hefty feeling, lots of residual sugar, light/modest alcohol warmth and modest amount of carbonation to deliver the aroma. Overall a really well crafted brew. Well balanced, smooth, creamy and a great paring between the hops fruity/bitter flavors and the malt sweetness.
italarican (1520) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the Foothills Bottle Share- Thanks for organizing, Mike! Dark brown pour. Fairly earthy nose with slight notes of orange peel and toast. Flavor is slightly toasty with plenty of earthy and citrus notes. Not really getting much roast. More IPA than Black IPA, but still solid.