mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Aroma dominated by American hop bouquet (slight acidic note) in this pour from 12 oz bottle. Deepest brown opaque with huge tan billowing tight-beaded head. American hop resinous flavor with dark malt undertones, hint of smoke and scotch notes, with medium body. Alcohol warmth and overblown American hop resiny flavors lead to muddled finish. So for me it’s not either or or, I prefer Either.
slowrunner77 (8389) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"aroma falls just a hair short of it’c cousin Either, but the overall impact abd flavor are bettter. the cedar is not so strong in the finish, but evenly eveident throughout, and the complexity is the beers strongest point. licorice, honey, chocolate, roasted malt, hops, cigar...not as sweet as the other. VERY nice."
jsquire (3981) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark beer with some cola highlights when held against the light. Short beige head. Big nose of alcohol, over ripe fruit and hop resin. Sweet beer with some burnt grain notes, fruit cake, molasses, and lots of pine and hop resin in the finish. Odd, style defying beer.
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Collaboration between three breweries, identical to their Either, but with other regional malts and hops. The result is visually the same, but aroma and taste clearly tend more to fruitiness, less dry, more honeyish and chocolatey and in all, rounder and ’friendlier’; hops still govern the finish with a firm hand, strong and long-lasting. Fantastic brew, I liked this even more than the Either, already a very good and fascinating brew in itself.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Share from Boltz. Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head that leaves nice lacing. The nose is citrus hops, roasted malt and pine. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, ripe citrus, coffee and a nice pine finish. Medium bodied. Nice black IPA. 3.7
bhensonb (13224) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is a bit of pine, with chocolate and dark malt. Med body. Flavor is lightly minty chocolate with dark malt.
oRos (1466) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ibrew2or3. Pours black with not much head. Taste is chocolate black roasted malts with some evergreen mint. Or something
marcus (8295) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours dark brown with a tiny beige head and a chocolate aroma. There is a rich chocolate flavor with a dry finish. A bit more subdued than the Either, but just as good.
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Ma Che in Rome. Pours black-brown with a foamy tan head. Burnt cedar wood on the nose with darkened grapes as well. Medium sweet flavor with lightly jammy dark fruits, light chocolate, grape jelly, mellow dry cedar wood. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Light warmth to finish with a bit of bitter baking cocoa, earth, ripe and sweet berries. Lovely. Great depth of character.
jkwood04 (5058) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to Glouglouburp in an HF tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts (moreso than Either), some sweetness, a little chocolate and light coffee, some dough, and a little floral and lightly citrusy hops. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer.
DrSilverworm (9465) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks to FlandersNed. Sticker on cap reads "1-11". Shared with local raters. Very dark brown reddish, near black color. Thin khaki ring of head, couple dots of lace. Big body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Kind of chewy. Lightly dry finish. Smokey, roasty malt aroma. Some coffee and dark chocolate. Light molasses. Prominent earthy hop. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, light alcohol warmth works well for the 11.2% abv. Solid imperial black IPA, drinking well for 2 years old. Prefer this to the Either from what I remember, less oxidization and malty sweetness here.