BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Batch #2. Pours with a hazed deeper brown hued body with a large tan head. Aromas are of hops and coffee. Lots of tangerine, pine, grapefruit, citrusy hops and decent fruity esters. Macaroons, roasty, leather, grassy dry hops. Flavors are bitter, surprisingly mild roast yet strong coffee, chocolate, grapefruit, citrus and grassy hops. Pretty much a black IPA with a touch less body and a bit more roast. Bready malt, carbonic bite and a hint of smoke. Very lively bubbles, dry, medium bodied. Very similar in roast to a Black IPA I’ve brewed a few times. Good.
Travlr (10035) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Hazy dark brown color, bright white head. Aroma of grass and hay. Taste is very roasty coffee grounds. Not bad.
blipp (5974) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Cig citric hoppy aroma, with pine and a light malty sweetness. The flavor has lightly roasted malts, and citric and floral hops. Nice.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of grass, pine, nuts, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, pine, grapefruit, caramel, and chocolate.
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nutty aromas. Citrusy nutty flavors. Overall a very good brown ale with a good amount of hops.
DrSilverworm (6277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap at Jackie-Os brewpub, for $5. Really nice super foamy tan head. Nice chocolatey malt and light bitter hop balance. Really tasty light bitterness, some sweet, good roastiness. Nearly opaquely dark brown red color. Decent lace. Nice, light carbonation. Kind of bigger body. Very enjoyable.
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Fireworks. Pours brown with a khaki head. Not a ton of aroma on the nose. Lots of hoppiness on the tongue. Finishes clean. Interesting brown but feels more like a pale ale.
RABinCO (1199) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich, dark brown (not quite black as night) with a fleeting tan head. Big aroma that has a nice balance of hops citrus and malt toastiness. Smoky, malty taste with a nice hop back that all fades together into a bit of nuttiness. Overall very nicely balanced.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Firkin Fest. Nice chocolate brown color with off white head. Malty and rich aroma as is the flavor. Very enjoyable!
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Release #2 6.3% ABV. Dark brown body with a short, dense tan head. Aroma is strong spicy and earthy hops atop caramel, roasted nuts, chocolate and toasted malt. Chocolate covered nuts are up front in the flavor profile followed by toasted malt, spicy hops, light pine, a touch of citrus, and caramel. Body is medium and rather chewy with a strong bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more spicy hops, pine notes, chocolate covers nuts, caramel, sweet malt, toasted malt, and citrus.