Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Bottle. Interesting color in the pour, like watered down squid ink. Takes on a pitch black color after settling in the snifter and has a very thin layer of foam that laces nicely. Aroma threw me for a bit of loss, the hops are virtually unnoticeable here and the nose is dominated by a crushing dry roastyness. Can almost detect some ash in the nose as well. Best aspect of the beer is the flavor which oozes with copious amounts of tropical fruit flavored hops and pine needles. Subtle notes of chocolate, roasted grain and slightly burnt coffee grinds. Hugely bitter towards the end with an intense, spicy bite. Medium bodied with an average level of carbonation. Ends on a long, dry, ashy and bitter note. So dry it almost gives you cotton mouth. I guess I’d say it leans towards being a very roasty IIPA, with the nose of a Belgian style stout. Surprisingly good.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask and bottle in the rake. Alround rating: Roasty ironish meaty like malt, peppery floral lemon and negh on sangria like hop, belgian character is lunkily hidden so it stays clean. My god what a lamp punching disco of a beer!
tmoreau (2903) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 12oz. bottle at Lunar Brewing Co. with Iowa friends in town for FoBAB. Poured a black/brown with a modest off white/ light tan head and spots of light lacing. The aroma was roasted, sweet grain, biscuity nature, resin, and some floral notes that came off as a hint of dishwater. The flavor presented a good balance of roasted malt and moderate hop bitterness, culminating in a dry finish. Interesting, but the jury’s still out.
blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a thin beige head. First whiff is 100% piny resinous hops. Then roasted malts and a light sweetness. The flavor is smooth and balanced. The hop profile is flavorful and not overly bitter, pine needles galore, with lighter floral and citric qualities. Roasted malts aren’t as intense as I expected. Just a hint of chocolate. It’s definitely more of a ’roasty IPA’ than a ’hoppy imp stout’. A light fruity sweetness rounds everything out. Surprisingly drinkable. This beer reminds me of Christmas.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep brown color with some ruby notes and a cream colored head. Roasty malt aroma with some cola and caramel notes. Minty and citrus hop nose. Mix of hops, roasted malt, nuts, and chocolate. Long semi-dry moderately bitter finish. Sub medium bodied. Nice beer but not worth $7 for a 11oz beer.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Churchkey. Black, tan creamy head. Roasted citric fruitiness rides soft undercurrents of toasty molasses. Well balanced flavors as soft roasty cocoa notes round with a dark malt and fruit foundation. Backend hop addition rounds this out with just a touch of citric zest bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Just ok for me...
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. Big hops, citrus, and earthy pine aromas. Chewey. Roast, coffee, char, grapefruit rind, and a little raisin. Finishes with a slowly developing, but brutal, bitterness with some nice tannins. Quite tasty.
nimbleprop (5794) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely a melding of styles. Pours a translucent, black with a thin tan head. Looks like a schwarzbier. Aroma smells like a mild porter. Sweet, toasty, coffee, etc. Flavor is completely different: hops citrus, pine. Finish is sweet, a little watery. Weird.
Travlr (15625) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy deep copper color with a wafer thin light tan head and a decent amount of lacing. Aroma of Chivas Regal, hints of scotch and oak. Flavor begins with almond and hints of chocolate, a slight edge of hoppy bitterness, and then finishes much more on the sour side. Interesting and complex.
bierkoning (11044) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from cgarvieuk, thanks Craig! Deep dark brown color, almost opague. Chocolate, blackcurrant and raisin in the aroma. Malty flavor with dark chocolate, twigs, raisin, figs and blackcurrant. Roastbitter aftertaste with tannines and dreid fruit. Good!