DConMan (113) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyed a 750mL bottle of this w/ CurtisMcArthur in Nashville, TN. Poured from the "India" Green colored body with various hop leaves around the label into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Has "2011 Bottling" on the side of the label.
Aroma- Tons of malt and roast hit the nose but no hop this time around... The malt definitely took over in this one.
Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that is tan and dies fairly quickly. Has a deep brown colored body with no clarity. Leaves thick suds behind.
Flavor- Light malt, tons of grain, smooth ingredients but almost no sign of hop? Light Bitterness on the finish. Where are you at Black IPA?
Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Sweet, and finishes with malt.
Overall Impression- A nice brew from CrabTree but where is the hops? Almost could have been called a Black Ale. Nonetheless, I look forward to enjoying many more beers from Crabtree down the road.
Ratman197 (7610) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roastiness, vinous notes, cocoa, light citrus, light oak and light acetone. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, roastiness, coconut, light vinous notes, light cocoa and light citrus with a smooth dry lingering roasty vinous finish.
Beaver (1058) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
750ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium fizzy/creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is roasted malts and some vinous alcohol with some black licorice and dark fruit - a little astringent.
The flavor is roasted malt with some tart fruity red wine and some plums. The finish is some bitter roast with some leathery char. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation - a little watery.
Overall, an interesting concept. The more I drank it, the less I cared for it though. And at $18 a bottle...not worth it.
Ernest (5609) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is cloudy dark brown to black, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with notes of sour apple, cherry, rubber/plastic, wood, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
As with their 5th anniversary beer, this is quite sour and thereís very little sugar left, making it seem like an infection has occurred...but again itís hard to be sure if it was intentional or not. Some phenolic off notes donít help. Not very pleasant, and not what was expected...Flemish sour meets black IPA? Drain pour. And how much was this? $17?! Ugh. Crabtree is the new Odell?