argo0 (11167) - 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.
jcwattsrugger (10922) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle-thanks dmac for sharing-pours a big foamy to rocky tan head and black color. Aroma is resin, roasty/chocolate. Taste is somewhat harsh/biting resin hops, roasty/ashy/chocolate dark malt.
bhensonb (10203) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tall 750 from Half Time. Pours really black with a creamy 3 finger tan head which does a little ring lacing. Aromas of piney hop and milk chocolate. Med body. Creamy carb. Flavor is dark roast malt, pine and I still think milk chocolate. Oooh. It is very tasty. I’d say the main thing is bitter hop, but the dark malt and chocolate are not to be denied. Finish is sort of all that at the same time. Bitter. Chocolate. But not bitter chocolate. Go figure. Brilliant ale.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The beer pours almost black with a big khaki colored head.
S: Smells of roast, a lot of roast, and some dark chocolate. Not terribly hoppy, unfortunately. Some moderate pine notes, which is really it. There is a mild acidity and some slight metallic notes.
T: Interesting flavors of dark fruit and dark chocolate. Big time ash and intense flavors of roasted malts. There is a pretty strong bitterness, some mild coffee, and also some chalk. Pine and citrus peel, a mild herbal quality, are really it as far as the hops.
M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: I like a lot of Black IPAs, but this was not very good.
Leighton (9640) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Mes, Harry, Duff et al in London. I believe, Harry, that Mes provided this one (I brought the Hill Farmstead). Pours black-brown with a foamy, beige head. Ripe fruit nose, charry roast, dirt, earth. Big sweet flavor, some boozy chocolate, prunes, raisins, a bit of alcohol sting and some mild, earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with baking cocoa, mild prunes. Lasting light, dry cocoa. Nice. Not overly sweet.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Black ale with a small, fizzy, khaki head. Oaken, hoppy, chocolate nose – almost floral in a way. Full-bodied and silky with supple carbonation. The flavor provides a boatload of charcoal flanked by caramel, chocolate and resiny, hempen hops. The lengthy finish is burnt, moderately bitter and then dry. It’s hard to nail this one down. Black Ipa? Black barleywine? I don’t really know, but I like it a lot. Bottle courtesy of dchmela!
hopdog (8453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, chocolate, some roast, caramel, floral, and citrus. Tastes of floral hops, pine, citrus, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Alcohol content well hidden.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown pour with a thin white head. The aroma is really fresh and hoppy. Loads of citrusy/piny hops. Fresh and a little bit cocoaish as well. Lightly resinous. Chinook-like pine flavour. Assertively bitter as well. Resin and pine. Tasty stuff.
GT2 (7717) - Carlsbad, 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.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel, bread and earthy coffee are balanced out by pine-y hops in this rich yet soft strong ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the dark Brown blackness.
-Roasted malts contribute plenty of bitterness as well.
-Carbonation is soft but effervescent.
-This is quite flavorful and fun, but in small quantities.