Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Side by side comparison with "Or". Pours black with tan head a little bigger than "Either" but faded just as fast. The aroma is more of what I was expecting from a black IPA compared to "Either". It has a lot more of the citrus, pine, hop notes on the nose as well as a bit of earthiness. The flavors are full of earthy wood notes, tobacco, and citrus. The bitterness was better fitting here than with "Either". The mouthfeel wasnít as full bodied and fit closer with the style. I preferred this over "Either"
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown with a lacing light head. Smells of burnt coffee with a slight hint of alcohol. Taste a rush of sweet rasins and plums, that mellows into a tart coffee like finish. This beer completes the 2 part series for me and I have to say I may have enjoyed the EITHER a little better. Solid beer, $8 plus a bottle was a little pricey for the results but a must try.
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black (dark brown in the right light). One finger head. Some lace.
Aroma is sweet, sweet, citrusy, pineapple hops. So fruity. So unexpected given the appearance. No pungent aroma, just tropical fruity. Aroma and appearance really counter my expectations of both. Iíve had black ipaís, but this one presents a much cleaner hop aroma than others.
Taste follows the aroma. Big, sweet, juicy hops. Wonderful. The hops are followed by a mild, malt sweetness. No roast flavors but more of a lightly sweet molasses or brown sugar and caramel. Very light and toned down malt flavor, which provides a nice complement to the juicy hops.
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - DEC 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a tan head. Smoky black malt, molasses, cedar and blackberries. Medium to full bodied, silky smooth. The cedar hits you right away and gives way to roasty bitterness, coco and piney hops. Long lingering finish of pine and cedar. Best Black IPA Iíve ever had, Cigar City has done it again.
GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much like itís companion beer, Either, this one pours a dark black/brown with a strong tan head.
Stronger hop character in the aroma, but still hints of malt, dark fruit that unique touch from the cedar.
Slightly drier mouthfeel and finish with much more pronounced hop flavor and less emphasis of the earthiness of Either. However, thereís still a unique tart from the cedar. Feels much more like a black IPA to me with the resinous backbone and drier finish, but still well balanced for such a big beer.
Drinking them side by side allows for a good comparison of the differences, for sure. Enjoyed the Either, but preferred the Or, only because it really hits home as a BIPA to me.
Marvid (45) - SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sep 11. Black colour with a creamy brown head, smells sweet with a bit of roasted flavours. caramel or syrup. Taste has light sweetness to it but an complex mixture of malts and roasted wood. Very enjoyable..
al_b (36) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle. Pours black with little head and lots of lingering lacing. Aroma is heavy on hops and cedar with some chocolate. Taste is sweet and hoppy with bitterness from the cedar. Palate is a nice mouthful feel with a bitter ending. Iím very pleased with how this beer turned out.
AnyJoe (36) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with minimal head.
What first hits you in the aroma is the alcohol. Yet there is more underneath, like dark fruits, wet wood, coffee and a little chocolate. There is also hops and malts evident aswell. Taste is filled with much of the same, only differences are more chocolate and more malty. It has medium long bitter aftertaste.
gym399 (24) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
More balanced than Either. Surprisingly smooth for the high alcohol content.
BillZav (22) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Brewed in the trendy Cascadian dark ale style, these ale is part of the Either/Or collaboration with Danish brewery Grassroots and Vermont brewery Hill Farmstead. Or is chocolate in color, with substantial notes of piny hops complimented by roasted malt and chocolate with a woody feel from the cedar barrel aging.