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.
greencatfish (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok so Iím going to rate this about a 3.5 but here is the thing. For a black IPA this beer is very good. But I had this at the same time as the Either and to be honest the hops really donít need to be there. The Either is by far a better beer the hops just seem to bleed out the nice complex flavors of the Either.
Ok first take is ton of roasted malt with a nice clean pine hop finish. The honey is kind of lost in the mix between the malt and hops and I got little no wood flavor out of this. Very smooth and drinkable for 11%. If you at a bar that has both Either and OR and you only have 10.00 get the Either but they are both great beers. WTG CCB
jpgrego (2) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tannin, deep raisin, bitter, mossy, bit of an edge, moist soil, burnt sugar, molasses. I really wanted a cigar with this.