rlgk (8492) - Skövde, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to Nisse666. Black beer, beige head. Hoppy earthy aroma, rather dry and a bit spicy. Hoppy earthy flavor with perfume and metal.
hopscotch (8375) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 Bottle… Coal black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nose offers lots of deeply roasted malt, dark chocolate, leather and singed pine needles with an acrid splash of bong water. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Black malt sweetness intertwines nicely with citrusy, grassy, piney hop bitterness. The high ABV is cloaked nicely. Burnt, grassy, hempen finish.
hopdog (8241) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, breadiness, chocolate, some woodiness, and earthy. Tastes of roast, chocolate, earthy, floral, honey sweetness, and woodiness.
daknole (8006) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black pour, creamy tan head. Hops up front in the aroma with toasted malt, pumpernickel bread, a little tar and some cane syrup. Flavor is sweet up front, hoppy, light smoke, grade b maple syrup, molasses. This is a world class black IPA. YES!
BMan1113VR (7696) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle served next to its compatriot, via a trade. Pours with a brown head that is a bit thicker than the other version and lasts a bit longer. About the same color (a near black body). Aromas of baked bread, chocolate, flowers, vanilla and light coffee. Flavors are very bitter, lightly astringent (both versions were), light citrus, flowers, roast. Lingering bitterness. Decently hidden ABV. Medium to light bubbles. Decently well attenuated for the size of the beer.
Enjoyed this version a touch more than the "Either".
adnielsen (7586) - 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.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head gone in seconds over near-black beer with a beautiful granat sheen. C-hops, but with a very marked meaty ester presence, like the juices dribbling out of a fresh roast - with grapefruit. Again roasted in the mouth, with sweet, roasted, and just-not-salty flavours. Very rounded, filling, balanced. Alcoholwarming, very thick and near syrupy texture. This is both original and excellent - a rare combination to be cherished.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Toasted cedar and pils malts are a match made in heaven, it seems, for this Barrel-Aged Imperial Black IPA, where citrusy hops, roasted angles and deep molasses are all perfectly harmonious.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the blackened brown.
-Alcohol is very well hidden throughout.
-Soft carbonation lets the palate perceive the mesmerizing cohesion of all ingredients.
-This one is perhaps not as intense as its Either counterpart, but it is much more evocative to my palate.
-This is quite sweet and not as elegant as Hill Farmstead brews. Still, a great sipper from beginning to end.
DocLock (7201) - 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 don’t meld especially well, but that’s the nature of this style and not this beer. As usual, a well made beer from these guys.
GT2 (7044) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL courtesy of tastybeer. Poured a near black, more deep brune, with a thin, creme, tan head leaving minuscule lace. Aroma is a very odd mix of Indian food, curry, samosas, spiced and cooked mangoes, tropical fruit marinaded steak. Here, whatever spice the cedar is producing is not harmonizing well with the tropical hops. It leaves an end note not unlike pineapple marinated Hawaiian steak. Taste is cedar up front, spices, curry, marinated steak, burnt sugar, big time smoked malt character. Palate is dry, prickly, relatively viscous and lively in carbonation. Overall, this would do very well as a smoked porter.