BuckeyeBoy (2878) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours out a dark brown topped with a tall tan head. Aroma was of piney hops, roast malts, and floral notes. Taste was a very good balance between the huge hop selection and the sweet malts. They did a very nice job rounding this one out.
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep brown with off white head, aroma is strange with some piny hops mixed with chocolate and coffee. Taste is very similar, with big spice and pine hops leading into chocolate and coffee, at first didn’t seem like a good combination but really mixes well and shines. Nice brew.
drjay44 (2739) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a medium mocha head, with attractive lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 35-37), apparently clear body.....nose is heavy pine, light citrus, hints of coffee, chocolate......taste is light toffee/caramel, then pine, citrus with a lingering hop/roasted malt bitterness.....mouth feel is medium, carbonation makes for a creamy sensation. This is a well balanced and somewhat different beer. The hops are definitely present, but the malts do not let them dominate. A well done beer. BJCP 7/3/15/5/7.
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bomber. Dark brown pour, creamy white head and a slightly fruity hop aroma. Flavor slightly some smoky malts, crisp dry hops, herbs and bready bitterness on the finish. Solid beer, and decently priced at $5/bomber.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, but not quite black. Good, deep tan head. Aroma is tons of fresh hops. In the taste, the dark malty flavors seem to hit, followed by the taste of hops with some bitterness and finally followed by coffee flavors that linger throughout the finish, with bitterness coming back again. Outstanding.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours solid black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of floral, citrus and piney hops, roast malt. Taste has a great balance between hops- floral and pine again and dark burnt malt. Medium body, soft carbonation. Lingering resin and burnt bitter finish.
mabel (6830) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[2992-20100627] Tap. Toasted celery grain aroma has "leafy hops" notes. Dark brown body with a long-lasting creamy tan head and some lacing. Bitter leafy roasted flavour has mild smoked hops. Full body is a little thinned. Woah, that is different, great unique profile!
(@ brewpub, Portland, OR)
19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt, rather scorched, malt complex that unnecessarily dominates what could be a really great drink. Very dry and bitter roasted body with dark chocolate notes and some subtle coffee bean. Pine and some intermittent citrus. A bit thin but overall quite enjoyable.
OldMrCrow (1958) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark pour, tan head. Nice roasty nose emphasizes the dark malts. Dry with a perfect balance between the coffee roast elements and the clean snap of hops. Various winter PacNW beers have been heading in this direction for years, but drying it out and amping up the hops just that extra bit made all the difference. Roast pushes toward ashy, which I usually dislike, but with the high herbal hop bitterness, it works. Mint thins without a sugar. Wow. Great beer. I could session the @$#% out of this one. This will become a regular fixture in my house.
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Clear, dark brown ale with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is a really cool medley of deeply roasted malt, chocolate, tangerine and light resin. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. Roasty, bittersweet flavor. Moderately bitter, toasty, dry finish.