hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Poured a deeper brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of rye, some oats, earthiness, and floral hoppiness. Tastes of the same floralness, oats, and rye.
Sammy (9314) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rattle íní Hum Cigar City event. Hoppy aroma. Dark colour, some lacing. Imperial brown ale, lots of hop, above average mouthfeel. Citrus taste. Good not great. Decent drinkability.
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2009 750 mL. Wow this is awesome! Pours a deep, clear ruby with a beautiful, two-finger Bolita-style bright tan head that has excellent retention and leaves incredible lacing. Aroma is- what- that of a DIPA: tons of grapefruit hops, honey, caramel, slight roastiness and mocha. Taste is effervescent and bubbly upfront with a big wallop of grapefruit hops and pine resin followed by rye malt, roasted nuts, bitter chocolate, fresh Dunkiní Donuts coffee. Creamy palate. This could be the fresh dark DIPA. Awesome!
Dogbrick (9156) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Redlight Redlight. This brew pours a deep dark brown color with a medium thick beige head that dissipates slowly. Small patches of lacing. The aroma is bready malts, chocolate and oak. Full, smooth body with flavors that change sip to sip. Notes of cocoa, earthy malt, caramel and tart fruit throughout. The finish is rich and malty with a fruity aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
JoeMcPhee (8817) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and Rattle N Hum. Deep brown-black beer with a thick sticky tan head. The nose is spicy and fairly hoppy. Sweet citrus and a light spicy hoppiness. The hops begin to come across as a bit chewy, especially as the beer warms, but they do integrate quite nicely with the darker malts in here. Lots of bright pine and spice, especially as the beer starts to warm. Itís not as impressive as the Bolita, but it is a tasty brew nonetheless.
crossovert (8803) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Old rate, 750ml bottle, this one wa messy, cocoa, bitterness, randomness, just quirky.
mcberko (8669) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of rye, harsh citrus hops and darkly roasted malt - not much of the oatmeal. Nose is very much like a black IPA. Flavour also resembles a black IPA, with dark roasted malt upfront, and lots of harsh hops kicking in later, finishing off the mouthfeel, with no detection of ABV. Remarkably well-balanced and refined - easy drinking for what this is. Delicious.
arminjewell (8462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bomber dark brown with nice off white head. Aroma was unlike any other, full of hops and dark malt and the rye adding spicy notes. Up front flavor was floral and piny from the hops, leading to a bit of bitter chocolate that goes into a huge spicy rye character that is very unique, and finishes bitter from the hops. What a complex beer!
Scopey (8455) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours deep brown with a massive light tan head. The nose is roasty, caramel, dried fruits, fruit cake, raisin, brown sugar and cake. The taste is rich, roasty, earth, toast, cocoa, dark fruit, brown sugar and ash with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Tasty and rather drinkable. Solid.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Fresh coniferous and citrusy hops explode out of this strong aleís lenient caramel sweetness and toasted almond allusions, branching out into strong resinous bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark brown.
-The malt presence was more present in the nose than in the flavor profile (in a younger version).
-I thought the effervescence was a tad too much to make me appreciate the full flavor profile.
-Rye did add some spiciness, but I felt the hops overtook most of the beerís potential nuances. It almost felt like drinking a Double IPA.
-Fieldberry fruitiness is perceived in the nose.
-The malts appear a tad too muddled for this to be world-class, imho.
-The hops possess an amazing cologne-like quality, which is not unlike that of cedar. But this isnít supposed to have been aged on cedar so...