jredmond (4620) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split with pat and Linh. Pours a pitch black with nice light brown lacing. Delicious citrus and pine hop and cedar. Mouthfeel is incredible notes of citrus hop, pine, honey, wood.
jtclockwork (6259) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Jcwattsrugger. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of cedar, honey, roasted chocolate malts, light vanilla and hops. The cedar really dominates the nose and taste.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of dark malts, hops, pine, resin, light marijuana, light citrus, grain, and a hint of honey. Poured pitch black in color with a huge, cream, dense, brown/dark brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. More than excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, pine, cedar, wood, slight cocoa, slight honey, slight caramel, slight tobacco, and a mixture of old ale and black IPA flavors. Medium to full body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Dark roasted malt, hops, pine, slight alcohol, slight caramel, cedar, and wood finish is dry. 11.2%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Delicious.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Pours near black with a finger-and-a-half of light mocha head and some pretty good lacing as it goes down. Nice retention with some sticking power thatís greater than what I found in the Either without a hard swirl. The nose is a bit hoppier than Either, with some citrus notes coming through as well as earth. The earthiness of this is quite prominent alongside a bit of roast.
The flavor starts out with some citrus hops and a bit of tangerine peel. After that comes a touch of light sweetness as well as some roast. A pretty good amount of booze is here as well, though not nearly as much as in Either. Medium body and not quite as creamy as Either, though the lack of alcohol dominance is nice. There are some hops in the finish, which is fairly dry. This is pretty decent and more drinkable right now than the Either, but neither one really stands up to what I would expect from these breweries.
GodOfThunder (1241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Strong, green, hoppy aroma with some dark roast in the background. Flavor is strong on the hops, still pretty fresh. The freshness of the hops almost gives off a medicinal quality. Caramel sweetness lingers for some time.
tastybeer (1492) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2010 Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Flavor of honey, piney hops, cedar, smoke, almost has a leathery feel to it. Pretty good.
markwise (4098) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to TampaPourHouse for the share. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose is roast, pine, spice, floral, citrus, and slight cedary earthy bits. Flavor is similar without the strong bits of cedar that its other conjunction brother "either" has. Flavor is complex with spices, slight roast, and packing a nice bite. Medium bodied and complex.
DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mystery bottle from the unknown beer man and the paper bag he keep on his head. Pours thick deep blackish with 1-finger brown head. Nose is very Alpha Klausy, rich chocolatey malt, big resiny hops, cacao. Tastes rich, dense and velvety on the palate, with up front dark malts, cacao, chocolate, and a mid to late hop explosion. The two sensations donít meld especially well, but thatís the nature of this style and not this beer. As usual, a well made beer from these guys.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ CCB. Poured black with a frothy, dense tan head. Nose has big notes of toasted and roasted dark malts, chocolate, pine, orange, cedar, and toffee. Full body with a slippery viscous mouth feel and gentile carbonation. This beer is fairly sweet as to be expected with a fair amount of earthy hop bitterness, an overall spiciness from the cedar. The big difference I found in Or from Either was a larger, brighter hop presence in Or, the roasty chocolate quality is still here but I get much more of a orange citric note. I think Iím feeling Or just a bit more.
polomagnifico (1162) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Tsotsi, thanks man! Aroma has notes of roasted malts, chocolate, honey, piny hops. Black hue with small tan head that leaves little lace. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter. Palate is oily soft. Very good but Iíd prefer the either rather than the or.