Ernest (6013) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (apricot, flowers), with notes of vanilla, light note of gum.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean/husky.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Not unpleasant in the nose (despite a lack of hops suggested by the name/style...this is really just a simple porter/stout), but man alive is this sour and dirty tasting in the mouth! Truly terrible aftertaste, almost invoking a spit reflex. Surprisingly, the nose suggests neither the sourness nor the foulness. So, itís a total drain pour even though it smells ok. Poor Crabtree...they seemed to have lots of potential in the early days but things have definitely gone downhill in the last couple years.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz CaN .. . Pours a deep molasses brown .. medium head .. sticky spots of lacing .. . light yeast, light roast, and scorched hops .. . on the mild side but puts in a full shift, i liked it .. . . Thatís it, Iím leaving the country. Iím moving to New Mexico.
Strykzone (4386) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Darknred brown. A small ring of a head. A roasted nose with a bit of smoke. More hops in the flavor but plenty of malt. Some chocolate and fitrus. Again, not my style.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a thin light khaki head. Nice smooth aroma of roasted dark chocolate, pine, orange peel, and sweet floral hoppy resin. Taste was smooth, dark, and brilliantly balanced with both hop flavor and bitterness. Starts with slightly burnt toffee smokey sweetness, melding into a citrusy floral resinous dry-hopped flavor with just a touch of pine and grapefruit, ends slightly bitter and slightly smokey. Slight candy sugar and dark-fruity belgian yeastiness throughout. Impeccably balanced overall, especially for its style. Has that fresh tasting dry-hopped essence I love with that dark sweetness I look for in porters and weaker stouts. Lovely.
wlajwl (3479) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is citrus, bananas and a hint of dark malts. The flavor is citrus, bread/yeast, malts, a hint of coffee and a hoppy finish.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Falling Rock in Denver, CO. Pours a black body with an inch thick, dense and frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty cool. Lots of citruses with some florals and resiny pines along with a solid roast backing, but very unique with the Belgian yeast aspect. The yeast stays balanced and never overpowers, which I hate in Belgian IPAs. It gives off a few esters, but not too many. Some chocolate malts provide a nice malt backing as well. Flavor is solid too, but the carbonation is a bit fizzy. Lots of roasts up front with a nice chocolate and caramel malt backing. Some earthy hops and slightly resiny pines in the middle with a bit of a floral note. Slight citrus and apricot with a nice Belgian yeast note that again doesnít overpower and gives off a few esters. Finishes pretty dry and roasty with a lot more of the citrus pines and resins coming out with a nice malt balance leaving this moderately bitter. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a slightly fizzy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool take on a Black IPA. The aroma was really nice and the flavor was a bit more influenced by the roasts, but the citrus pine resins and florals really blended nicely with the chocolate malt backing and Belgian yeast that never overpowered. Solid beer.
RobertDale (2846) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 ounce can. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, citrus hops. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, and chocolate. Not as much hops as expected. Decent.
JanLaursen (2660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, courtesy of Pinball. Brownish black, frothy, quickly diminishing beige head. Roasted aroma - licorice, coccoa powder, dark fruits. Hops not that present in the nose. Taste is sweet roast with quite som licorice and a bitter hop punch. Some alcohol in the finish. A little out of balance, more black than IPA - some more distinctive hops would fit the brew....
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - STLCOB tasting) dark brown, nearly black. Roast malts. Flavor is roast malts and some hops flavor - an aggressively hopped stout.
unclemike (2152) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark maroon brown color with a muddy, murky appearance. Tannish head. Aroma is sweet malts with sugary syrup notes. Lots of hops in this as well. Floral and citrus. Flavor is very roasted with toasted bready characteristics. Different to say the least. Bitter burnt finish