pushkinwow (1618) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Black with a brown head that disappears very quickly, much thinner then its "either" cousin. Somewhat sweet malt, bit of smoke, pine resin and anise, bit of coffee and molasses as well. Fairly full bodied, moderately low carbonation, prickly from the booze, thick and somewhat tar like, sweet yet hot, even keeled throughout, stays very sweey, becomes dry with some smoke and pine at the end.
peteinSD (1183) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a frothy tan head and solid lacing down the glass. Aroma is pine, sweet malt, and a fragrant spice I cannot quite pin down. Smooth feel in the mouth with pine, caramel, slight roast, a bit of wood character, and some lingering bitterness. I preferred the overt cedar character of the "either" beer but this is still a very nice beer.
KnutAlbert (5571) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More piney than the Either, nice coffee bitterness. There is a pineapple sweetness creeping in here, too, which acutally works quite well.
adnielsen (7596) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of maximum12. Deep brown/black appearance with a sizable, dark brown head. Slightly charred, roasty dark malty, somewhat piney/citrusy hoppy aroma. Rich, very roasty, slightly smoky, slightly charred, dark malty, moderately piney, slightly resiny hoppy flavor. Good beer but not as good as some of its West Coast counterparts in my mind.
larsga (5821) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small brown head. Opaque black body. Roasty herbal chocolate aroma with eucalyptus and pine needle notes. Dry-sweet roasty honey and coffee taste with pineapple and resin notes. Full-bodied. Dry-bitter coffee, cocoa, and tropical fruit aftertaste with earthy notes. Not really a great combination of flavours. (0.355l bottle shared by gr0ve.)
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear brown/black, thin tan head, soft lacing. Nose is sweet molasses, cocoa, soap, had this brew immediately on the heels of Either, and this one isn’t faring nearly as well, seems lighter, thinner, and simpler, and perhaps most damningly: less hoppy. Flavours are at least somewhat hoppier, though the hops come off a bit soapy. Some light fruit, and moderate roast - Solid, but rather unexciting after the Either.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle care of DChmela. Thanks Bro.
Wonderful black pour with a nice head. Crisp and bold. Spicy and full of flavor.
jgb9348 (4294) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep rich black to brown coloured body with almost no head at all and slightly lighter in colour than the ’either’. Aroma of pungent hops up front, alcohol, roasted malt, toffee, a touch of vanilla and a bit more hops on the back. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt up first with a ton of hops hitting right behind and a good dose of sugars, followed up by a more hidden than ’either’ alcohol flavour, but it’s still a lot stronger than any other black ipa i’ve had. Aftertaste is potent with the roasted malt and the stronger hops bittering out the palate, left only in check by some light sugars and a touch of grassy herbal tastes. Overall, a nice beer - I preferred this one to the ’either’ and seems a bit lighter with a more pungent hop kick - however, they are both ridiculously strong and have a lot of character. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle in a horizontal taste with ’either’, purchased from Knightly Spirits (Orange Blossom) in Orlando, Florida on 15-November-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 16-October-2011.
48FanInCali (617) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pitch black pour with decent head and some retention. Nose of an IPA with a strong malt backbone. Taste was hoppy and not as malty as the nose would suggest. Lots of coffee. Typical if many CC beers the mouth feel is fairly syrupy which works for Bug Sound but not so much for this offering.
ekoerper (574) - Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: rich caramel and dark sugar, coffee, roast malts, cedar notes, moderate citrus, honey. Pours pitch black, one finger of light brown head with reasonable retention, dissipates to a ring of foam over a few minutes. Great balance of malt and hops; rich, chewy caramel, toffee, nice roasty and coffee flavors without being astringent, slight sweetness. Moderately high bitterness and citrus hop flavors which pair nicely with the malt, honey, and cedar. Full body, chewy, smooth, medium carbonation. Great brew.