phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft from the East End tasting booth in the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District. Sign said it was the last 1/2 barrel. Pours a very dark coffee brown color with a small khaki head that dissipates quickly into a tiny ring. Notes of deep roasted malts, dark chocolate, earth, burnt toast, and only a little bit of grassy, citrusy hops at the end if you are paying attention. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, roasty mouthfeel and modest carbonation. This will disappoint those looking for a hoppy black IPA but it’s a good beer nonetheless.
Beerman6686 (4170) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a medium to dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma was dark roasted malts, and green, citrusy and grassy hops. Flavor was much the same, a bit astringent between the deep dark roast and the bitter hops. Not much in the way off great hop flavor, as is with everything from east end.