TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a rich dark brown. Nose was chocolate and hops. So this started just like the nose, very chocolate and hoppy, but after a short warming period it almost transformed in to a solid black ipa. The chocolate almost dissapeared. Lots of malts carried the middle, and it finished malty. I’m going to hold one for 5 years and re rate.
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured black with a thick khaki head. Strong hoppy nose, tasted of woody, earthy, resinous hops. Thick, nice body that thinned out with a big roasty, nutty, mocha finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black deep body with a coffee tan head. Maltys and roast y body with a hint of vine like hoppiness. Roast y sharp and bitter with hints of licorice and roasted malt. Very solid black ipa well hopped and not over bearing on the finish despite the big recipe. Very nice.
dmac (4204) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle straight from the brewery thanks to wildman Dean!!! Poured a black body underneath an average to slightly smaller beige head with some nice lacing. Aroma of coffee, hops, citrus, vanilla and alcohol. Flavor of coffee and cream, dry vanilla, roastiness and alcohol. Body has some serious fizziness along with a fuller body that lingers nicely. This was a very decent beer however the alcohol is far from hidden and I wonder what some ecent age will do to this beer??
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Deep mahogany barely allowing light. A brisk pour yields a whipped balsa head. Nose is pine, spruce and brown sugar. Quite coniferous with an odd hint of frankincense, or whatever it is they used to burn at high mass. Medium to full body; silky with a tang. Taste is dark chocolate covered orange peel and pink grapefruit. A nice bitter hop bite on the back end. I can’t decide if aging would allow the rich mocha notes to emerge or would squelch the hoppy accents. Good stuff.
Jow (2262) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured bottle into my CL glass which I didn’t break cuz I’m responsible. Nice dark pour with great looking tan head. Taste is very chocalty, with some pine bitters, some citrus and toffee. Finish dry and pleasant. Very nice Friday night brew
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours out into my CL tasting glass (that later broke, RIP my glass) an almost black brown color with a big foamy, tan head. Aroma is of some roast, hops and light cocoa. Taste is roast, light chocolate, some citrus hops, slight alcohol and a slight lingering sweetness in there also. Finish is of citrus hops and roast. Another solid offering from CL. Keep up the good work!
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap for growler fills at DeCicco’s. Pours a deep black with a medium sized tanned beige head. Lots of roast, chocolate and char. Big pine hops, citrus. Sweet at first, but more roast and big thick tannins and char. Somewhat sweet, long roast and char on the finish. Nice stuff.
blipp (6329) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Paul and Ryan’s 5,000th rate tasting. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Nice hoppy aroma with some big piney notes and light roasted malts. The flavor is well balanced with piney and floral notes, light chocolate, and roasted malts. Nice.
BrewBoxer (2123) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at beer table. Pours a dark chocolate color. Smells of raisins, bread and oak. Taste is fruity, malty and hoppy all in one. Quite complex and flavorful. Reminds me of the hebrew jewbalations strong ales. Very good