misrahi (31) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Up front coffee, very little hop presence, strong coffee finish. Overall drank like a porter with a small bit of hopping, but still a good beer. Black IPA seems like a stretch.
skoisirius (1136) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz from Grass Valley, CA. Points for style on this one. It’s a third pale ale, a third schwarzbier, and a third sweet Belgian! Surprisingly all comes together fairly well for a very easy drinking malty sweet and roasty sessionable libation!
djroehler (151) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at bricks. Rosy black with thin light mocha head. Nose is sweet, molasses, light roasted malt, vanilla. Taste is roasted and charred malt and oak. Light vanilla and cream. Body is light, watery, light carbonation.
ajnepple (465) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from Wilburs. Black with a frothy tan head that lasts. Malty toasted aroma with light earthy hops and chocolate. Light to medium with a soft smooth feel. A little on the sweet side, but still enjoyable and easy to drink.
Ernest (5609) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (coffee, roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a note of vanilla, light note of lemon zest.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
The description on the bottle is rather misleading (black German pale what the fuck?)...German, Belgian, and American ingredients ended up creating a British-style beer...a porter/stout by pretty much anyone’s reckoning. Not that I’m complaining, and the brewery does admit it’s a bit of a monster. The nose is quite pleasant and I’m surprised there isn’t coffee in it. In the mouth, it’s too sweet and a little too syrupy, which makes it hard to enjoy drinking much of it. It probably wouldn’t take much tweaking to make this one a real winner, actually...good potential here, just as with the Hookiebobb.
Ratman197 (7609) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, cocoa and vanilla with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.
Mora2000 (4040) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Craft and Growler. Pours a dark brown to black color. The aroma and flavor have a lot of dark fruit notes, as well as some lightly roasted malt. As the beer warms the cherry notes really start to come out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad at all.
marcus (5000) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours near black with a thick tan head and a chocolate and coffee aroma. There is a rich chocolate malt flavor with a dry finish.
jcnielsen (837) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at Crazy Mountain on 12/27/12. Pours a deep brown color with off white head. Really nice aroma. Roasty, chocolate, malty, brown sugar, slight burnt flavors. Hell Yeah
That1Guy (1746) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber pours an opaque black with a tan head. Astringent aroma with some dark malts, caramel, and light hoppiness. A bit of a medicinal bite to it. Flavor is pretty earthy, grassy, with a bit of dark malty astringency. Seems more like a dry stout than a porter.
adnielsen (6161) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Crazy Mountain. Pours a deep brown appearance with a brown head. Cocoa, roasty dark chocolate malty, slightly burnt, vanilla aroma. Fairly dry, burnt chocolate, herbal, chewy earthy flavor. Not bad.