DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask Stillage at Nottingham Castle, Nottingham 09/10/2009
Orange fruit aroma. Dark coloured very strong in alcohol and hoppy with a crisp bitter and slightly dry malt finish.
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good looking dark beer, but the sour yeastieness disagrees with the strong hop characteristics. 12 oz bottle pours a moderate caramel head over a nearly black body. Aroma is oak and overripe raspberries. Taste is Belgian yeast, bitter hops, resinous oak, heavy malt, and smoke. Dry and bitter finish leaves a pucker. Drinkable, but not a beer I would seek out again.
simoneopazz (148) - , ITALY - NOV 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
bevuta in bottiglia,purtroppo si presenta con poca schiuma,ma di un bellissimo colore nero.
al primo sorso è molto dolce,quasi smielato,ma fortunatamente basta un attimo per avere il palato invaso da un piacevolissimo amaro persistente e non troppo invasivo!buonissimo il retrogusto misto di liquiirizia e caffè.
sicuramente da ribere!
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Home. Pours a black body with a tan head. Charred malt and hops, ashen hop character, pine resins with a sweet nose. Chewy charred malts, faint hop resins and a moderate warming. Reminiscent slightly of dark hops but not as good.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mostly opaque oily black with a few stray beige bubbles, but not much head. Has a big fresh grapefruity hoppy nose with some light peaty smoke and earthy roasted malt. Starts with good malty fullness and a resiny citrus hoppy balance before a lingering roasty smoky finish. A pretty flavorful and drinkable brew.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the hopleaf. Pours a medium bodied black with a tan creamy head that laces down. Lots of belgian yeast in the nose some roasted malts, floral hops and citrus. Bitter roasty flavors some chocolate but mostly roasted malts and a touch of citrus. As this warms up the roastiness becomes more toned down while the citrus, belgian yeast and floral hops shine more. Decent bitterness, and good flavor. The Belgian yeast characteristic is a little odd for this beer, but it works. I could see how people might love that or hate it in a black ipa. I am somewhere down the middle.
LilBeerDoctor (3713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with no head just some bubbles. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, roasted nuts, and a slight undertone of citrus hops. Flavor of sweet malt initially with a roasty, nutty finish and plenty of citrusy notes. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Great beer!
Theis (15119) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Black offwhite bubbles. Bisquit, knækbrød (swedish flatbread), burned, coffee, nice hoppy, licorice, grassy, yeasty notes, phenols, tobacco, cereal, spicy notes.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was pretty pumped to see this on the shelf at Binny’s. Still stupid we can’t get Stone shipped to Chicago yet. Pours black with a thin head. Not much Belgian flavor to this, but you can tell it is an IPA from the aroma. Heavy hop aroma in a dark beer (much like one of Stone’s Anniversary Ales). Good IPA flavor and an interesting beer.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Hopleaf. I had expectations for some reason. Pours a dark brown/black. offwhite head. Nose is cheesy and a bit funky. Like some kind of cheesy hop. A bit spicy and resiny nose as well. On taste, it’s a punch of cheey hops that dissipates quickly (fortunately) and relents into a slightly tangy, roasty note. This kind of saves it for me. Mostly, though, I don’t get the reference to Belgium that was on the menu. Disappointing.