Maverick34 (2400) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught from Sprizenhaus. Dark pour, some grapefuit, maltiness, hops. Decent stuff.
Boutip (4920) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light dry roasted malt notes with semi bitter hops profile. Taste is also a mix between some roasted malt notes with dry notes and some medium bitter hops flavours. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Not bad though hops flavours could have been more upfront.
jsmerig (1304) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opens up like a handful of fresh hops. Pours a deep black with frothy tan head. Taste is deceptively smooth. The hop flavor is very subtle and blends in nicely with the dark roasted malts. The hops mix with the smokiness giving it a roasted floral note. Dry finish as well.
bth122 (1311) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, poured a black color with nice full head, lacing all over glass. Losts of roastiness in aroma with a good bit citrus hops. Lots of roasted goodness in the taste followed by nice rush of hop flovor. Medium body, creamier texture, slight sticky. Bitter finish with some stout traits. These guys are impressive. Good stuff.
callmemickey (3121) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: Dark brown-black body. Moderate sized light brown head. A fair bit of lacing left after each sip.
S: A fair bit of roasted malts, resinous, piney hops and a bit of grapefruit and orange citric notes.
T: Again, roasted malts dominate with a strong bitter, piney hop character that drowns out the more subtle citric notes.
M: Medium bodied, a tad over carbonated, astringent bitterness.
O: A bit out of balance to be a success -- too much roast and the hops lend more bitterness than flavor.
DrnkMcDermott (2845) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bomber, $5.50 at Binny’s. I let this and the Clown Shoes 1.5 sit around since Aprill expecting to do a side-by-side. But let’s get serious. This one for Now, the other Later. So this kicks up a big head like some IPA’s do, but its slightly roasty in the nose like a stout. Solid black, they left it no doubt this was a "Black" IPA. Hops are still in the taste, though, or else they’ve gone far south. Hops have spread out and gone a little too herbal, on top of the high resin profile and then the large roastiness of the malt, there’s a package that does not quite appeal. Major roasty and bitter aftertaste after starting out rather interesting.
gringo332 (549) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly black body, dark fluffy tan head. Nice herbal and citric hop with roast in the aroma. Roast citrus and grass on the flavor. Medium body.
HighlanderOne (1032) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from big bottle. Nice Aroma of floral hops, dry cocoa and roasted malt. Stout black with rugged persistent tan head. Lots of pine / grapefruit / floral hops along with caramel, cocoa, pepper and toasted malt. Nice balance & drinkability - it’s not too heavy handed on the hops so you can appreciate the other flavors. Lacing. An excellent beer in a style that has quickly become a favorite of mine.
alobar (2923) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a reddish highlightsand a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt,chocolate, and hops. Flavor is much the same with roasted malt, chocolate, and a slight hop ending. Great moutfeel.
acearl (396) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, drank too cold but it was warm out, dark brown to black pour, creamy tan head, decent lacing, smells of resin, a bit of grapefruit on the hop end then and more roasted + then some chocolate malts, on the heavier side, nice change, should be in Philly during winter not on vacay in FL in Feb., good to share right time and place