Marheb (2528) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Terriblement bien balancé entre la corpulence maltée et le kick parfumé du houblon. Pas très boozy pour 10% mais très sirupeux. Presque parfaite intervention de l’amertume.
argo0 (11736) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shenandoah Throwdown. 75cl bottle, thanks TroyNYC. Large tan head, dark brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, cocoa, some roast, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, cocoa, pine, some roast. Medium-full body, some stickiness, acidity. Fairly smooth.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from JW. Deep brown in color with a medium sized khaki head. Hop forward with a hint of citrus in the aroma. Some slight soy sauce, chocolate, and slightly toasty. Maybe this had seen better days before. Rich, bitter dark chocolate dominates the flavor. Some citrus hits towards the finish. Big, full bodied, with a heavier mouthfeel. Interesting, and I can see this being great when fresher, but it just misses for me at this point.
GT2 (8831) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL at Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a clear, deep tea brown with amber highlights. Bubbly, weakly forming "head." Nose is Black IPA all the way- huge beta acid hops, toasted malt, mild salt brine/olive. Taste is salty, roasty, with heavy soapy hops and tannic bitterness. Heavy bitter dark chocolate. Massively hoppy. Good stuff. Should be moved to Black IPA.
jredmond (5738) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 Bottle courtesy of Tom split with Tom and pat. Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with off white head. Aroma is Belfast an voices and booze. Mouthfeel is aggressive with notes of milk, Belgian spice, candy. and wood
neepsntatties (1271) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a BA/RB "beer camping" excursion in the Oregon Cascade foothills in June 2011. Colour... black with a very thick head! Nose... very piney hops with ponderosa resin. Palate... moderately cloying with crushed juniper berries, macerated hop cones, herbs and a long bitter finish.
Damico (2722) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours dark opaque black with a big creamy tan head. The aroma is a bit boozy and roasted malt with lots of nice hops. The flavor of nice dark malts a bit sweet and very smooth on the palate. There is not bitterness that settles, rather a nice light creamy body and almost light stout flavor to end.
superspak (2922) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into oversized wine glass. Pours clear dark brown color with a huge 3 finger light tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Nice thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, bread, roasted malt, chocolate, orange, and pine. Nice complex and hoppy aromas. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, orange, and pine. Decent amount of bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, chocolate, and roasted flavors. Medium carbonation and full bodied. Nice creamy mouthfeel and smooth drinkability for the alcohol level. No alcohol in the taste and a fair amount of warming present on the finish. Overall, a delicious black ale. Tons of flavor and complexity with easy drinkability for the alcohol level.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from WF Bowery. Wish I could have hauled a bunch of these back home, as this was really enjoyable. Very fine pour, vigorous and slightly oily, with a fresh and vital look to it even though it’s clearly heavy in both feel and abv. Nose is superb, with bright citrus and unapologetically dark roasts. But what makes this different than the standard BIPA to me is that it has a touch more molasses and licorice than normal, something that seems to blend even better with the abundant hops than roasted malts alone.
glennmastrange (2343) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of burnt and bitter chocolate, heavy hops of pine resin, moderate earth for the yeast, with tar licorice, anise, root vegetables and alcohol in the background. Head is large, frothy, light tan with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the long finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, and heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with lively carbonation and a moderately alcoholic and dry finish. This is a massively bold and rich American Strong Ale with some harsh aspects, but this is the kind of beer brings you to the edge of what’s over the top and what is the best of a specific style.