vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The brewer’s description is spot on. The smell of the beer is West Coast IPA, but it looks for all the world like a fine dark stout. Both the stout and IPA flavors are present and compliment each other quite well. I found this to be an unusual but highly drinkable beer. The two growlers we had were filled at the brewery on Thursday evening and enjoyed in Virginia the next day. Pours very black with no light passing through. Thin beige head. Aroma is citrusy with dark chocolate notes in the background. Flavor is smooth slightly sweet stout, with expresso notes. The finish is all IPA. Citrus, not bitter at all. This is VERY drinkable, it’s a good thing it’s only 5.5 % ABV.
ryanscourt (555) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting go at it. Wonderful aroma. Kind of strange flavor. Maltiness present and balanced.
MarkSachon (506) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, courtesy of Matt the Church Brew Works representative at Caliente in Pittsburgh. Thank you for the opportunity to sample this very nice selection. This was the firkin choice for the first Friday and it was a good one. Immediate notes of citrus on a low headed and flat draft. A nice amber to brown color through the glass. Some tang on the start and finish with a creamy mouth feel ---- very smooth. Could have used more body and gravity to bring this to excellence.
bth122 (1141) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at glaciers @ hidden valley. Pours a black color with medium head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, floral hops, slight caramel. Nice roasted malt flavors. Medium light bitterness. Medium light body. Slight chalky. Would have again.
artmcd8 (1305) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mad Mex Shadyside. Smokey malts aroma with a hint of hops. The hops come out nicely in the clean bitter finish. Very well balanced beer.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Sampled on draft at D’s in Monroeville this beer poured a very dark brown color with a small creamy tan head that left good lacing. The aroma was dryish and gritty with floral and light piney hops. The flavor was dryish piney and floral hops with a gritty presence (like eating hop pellets) and a faint malty base. None of the roastiness that is typical for the style. The finish was long and dryish with lingering pine and floral hops. Medium body but fairly smooth. Decent.
cheap (3803) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2011 Had this on tap at the Allegheny 6 Pack and Doghouse
, nice place. I looked thru the listings and couldn’t find it so here it is. Big and black with a rocky tan head. Smell is just plain beery good with a small olfactory hit of pine. Some co2 but fairly flat. Taste is big and bitter,m as expected for the style. Pretty rude and it does taste like a dark IPA. A little over the top for this lager lover. Big long bitter linger, did I say its on style?
Earlier Rating: 7/5/2010 Total Score: 2.1
So this was my July 4th beer for 2010! Drank it with my wife. On tap at the brewery. Smells like a bitter IPA, you know, all floral hops and such. Looks like a really attractive stout, has lots of tan choco moose head and a its really black in the glass. First taste is virtually flat. Quite bitter chewing on green grapefruit rinds and spruce needles. Quite strong IPA wise but has a relatively watery and thin palate. Not viscous oily or mouthcoating like many IPA. Finish is bitter medicine. Medium strong lasting linger. Overall, reminds me of many darker rye IPA i’ve sampled. Yep, just an IPA masquerading as a stout.
alobar (2620) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a very dark color-black with an aroma of hops, roasted malts, and coffee. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee up front with a hope bitter closing. Really nice beer!
Tmoney99 (10090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at BMRAF 08. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid roasted coffee & chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Medium roasted balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
4/26/08: Firkin version at Barley’s 6th Annual Mini RAF
Chocolate malt aroma with a bit of hop. Body is a deep brown color. Malty flavor with espresso, chocolate and vanilla notes followed by citrus. Finish is bitter. An interesting marriage of the two styles, can’t say I am a big fan though.
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Firkin version at Barley’s 6th Annual Mini RAF (04/26/08): This beer pours black with a medium thick light tan head that recedes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and hops. Medium-bodied with a roasty and hoppy character. Flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and touches of citrus are present as well. The finish is burnt malt and hops with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Pretty good overall.