shamansurf (2) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Off the charts. My favorite beer ever. Still looking for it on shelves but Iíve cleaned out my local shops. Solid brew, heavy but hopped heavy for some lilt in the mouth feel. Blackberry, blueberry, oaky malt, an almost medicinal feel on the palate and it seems to have restorative properties for the body.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a fizzy off white head. Very pleasant aroma blending roasted malts and hops with a nice floral rose quality and layered with chocolate and caramel syrup through out. Paradox would better describe the palate being both thick and not too heavy with a healthy chewy aspect. A roasty chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla, and licorice taste with dark woody tanins lingering in the finish. Certainly, one of the finest black lagers I have ever tasted.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black head with a coffee color head.Tste is hopped up big time with tasty chocolate flavors all over.I love these colabos alot!!This one works and the best way to describe it is as a strange yet great brew!!
slowrunner77 (186) - reno, Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
what a fun unique brew this is. it actually manages to share some qualities with Stoneís 13th (big malt, fresh hops) while also being significanylt different. sweet and intensely hoppy at the same time, dark and deep. the only difference in scoring between the 13th and this is an evr so slight spice character that isnít bad, but takes away from the overall fresh hop onslaught just a touch...but it also has a unique dry roasted finish that the 13th and other similarly hoppy beers do not. This is a great beer and worth every penny if you can find it!"
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle ($8) from La Bodega in Riverside...Pours black with a creamy eggshell colored head... First thing I picked up in the aroma is sweet cream. After that I get some caramel but I donít notice any hops.. None the less I really like the way this one smells.. Flavor upfront is sweet citrusy hops that really linger with you.. Roasted malts, burnt toast with some black coffee bitterness.. Super smooth carbonation that goes down way too easy.. My favorite of the three colaboration brews so far.. Bravo!
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours midnight Mahogany. Thick, persistent head. The nose is deceptive. Deceptively massive that is. I know there was no barrel aging but i am getting big doses of vanilla and coco. Loads of candied nuts, pecan pie maybe. Palate is lighter than u would expect on the nose, but seems to linger longer too. it is pilsner though right? Rich and smooth though. Nice bitters backing up the bigger flavors. Pilsner-esque dare i say. But over that it is dense and layered. Bitter chocolate, slightly boozey, coconut, what a crazy combo, the interaction of the massive hop bill and the massive malt of the dark malt totally recreate the qualities that barrel aged beer have. this beer is spot on. Well done.
beernovice39 (3040) - Montana, USA - SEP 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corby112 gave a great description of this wonderful beer! I can only add what was going on in my head as I consumed and enjoyed and thought about the taste ....."this was $6"??? Donít get me wrong it is worth it but the law of diminishing returns kicks in VERY FAST.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a large tan head with good retention and moderate lacing. Aroma is initially citrus (lemon, grapefruit), but some dark chocolate, sweet cream and toasted bread comes through as it warms along with a touch of alcohol and some sort of very subtle metallic lager characteristic. Flavor is fantastically smooth with a decent bitterness, citrus, some light coffee and dark chocolate. malt dominant, but a touch of dryness comes through in the finish. Velvety smooth palate with generous carbonation.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, @ RFD Washington DC. Pours dark brown in color with thin white head. Aroma citrus hops, roasted malt and chocolate. Taste Hops, hops, hops, roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate with bitter finish.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Black with about one finger of mocha colored foam.
S: They werenít lying when they said this is a hoppy beer. Enormous amounts of grapefruit aroma, a slight pineyness, perhaps a bit of tropical fruits, and hardly anything else.
T: A great tropical fruit sweetness, grapefruit, and a great bitterness. The roasted malt also makes an appearance here, but it is definitely overshadowed.
M: Lackluster, but hey, itís a pilsener. Light body, a slick feeling on the tongue.
D: The amazing citrus and fruit qualities along with a pleasant amount of bitterness make this a beer Iím glad to drink (if only it wasnít $7 a bottle).