brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Pours pretty much black with a finger and a half of a light mocha head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves a nice blanket of thick lacing. Smells of grapefruit, maybe some orange, some rye, perhaps some carmel, a tiny bit of roasted qualities. Has some resinous qualities, but expected more on the nose. Taste starts with the resinous hops: some grapefruit, some mango, pine. Nice carbonation and feels crisp on the tongue. Then in the middle you get a nice creamy texture that washes out the resinous qualities of the hops and makes for a much smoother, yet spicier beer from the rye. On the finish, the beer transforms into more hops, including some pine and more floral and fruity qualities. In addition, there emerges a nice addition of roasted and rye malts; almost a coffee-like finish along with the hop qualities. Very interesting how the beer shifts halfway through the flavor profile and then comes back with more intense flavors on the back end. Medium body with a slick and creamy texture. Gets more complex as it warms. I think this is a really good beer, but I donít think it lives up to the hype it receives. I think I would like it much more if it was a fresher bottle.
jamestulloch (1929) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Drinkmonger. Dark brown body with a thick beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of fig, plum, caramelised sugar, charred wood and Twiglets. Flavour of raisin, treacle and caramel. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Light fizz. Rich and hoppy. Nice.
Garrold (2362) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Beer Central, Sheffield. Clear, very dark, reddy brown. Thin, lasting, tan head. BrŻlťed grapefruit. Raspberry. Chocolate malts. Taste is dark chocolate sweet, and dark chocolate bitter. Smooth, easy palate. Hop bite kicks in. Drinkable to the tune of silly. Long, rich, bitter finish. Very nice.
ianwelby (703) - SCOTLAND - MAY 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black beer with a thin head. Dry malt, rye, grassy citrus aroma. Flavour is really interesting. Rye again, dry citrus, a slightly floral feel to it. Quite crisp despite having some earthier qualities. Complex and delicious. Only way it could be much improved for me would be if it was just a touch richer and maybe a bit sharper in the aftertaste.
Bacterial (2089) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Weird that I have never rated this beer since Iíve had it several times. Dark black pour with a thick frothy light tan head. Big pine nose with some lingering malt. Nice mouthfeel. Spicy pine and citrus hops with a nice balance of roast malt. Yummy.
nihtila (1486) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Andrew Usher & Co. Very very dark and deep ruby with brown head. Nose is dark and roasted malts pine, citrus hops. Taste is roasted malts, piney hops, rye bread, dark chocolate. Finnish is bitter and rye. Quite fizzy carbonation.
commonmac (614) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewery with commomshawn, rosskyle, and wildcard. Pint glass. Tulip glass. Just a little bit of rye on the nose plus a hop floral quality. Pitch black. Light tan head. Taste has a mild bitterness and a strong rye presence that plays really well. Roasted notes almost give a dark chocolate feel and a bitterness at the end rounds everything out. One of my favorite ryes.
bartzluke (218) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
5 oz chilled pour from tap into a cylindrical tasting glass at Growler Guys in Portland, Oregon. Dark dark brown to black and opaque with a strong off-white head. Nose is malts and foresty (wood and faint pine). Medium body leaning towards light. Taste is a strong burnt malty backbone with a harsh bitterness up front. A lot of the burnt and bitter flavors I donít like in beer without the dimensions I do.
JDBaker11058 (1471) - Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: stoutlike black pour with a finger of creamy tan head, average lacing. Aroma: citrus, pine, burnt brown bread, dark chocolate. Taste: dark chocolate and plum, then a wave of grapefruit, apricot, mango and pine, with an undercurrent of toasted pumpernickel. Finish: roasty and bitter, and long. Notes: Not my favorite style of beer, but certainly the most well-executed example Iíve tried. Draft at Klobyís Smokehouse in Maple Lawn, Maryland.
theswiftsa (23) - - MAY 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black with a large tan head. Citrus pine hop aroma. First taste of slightly sweet raisin with toasted malts melting into a lingering hop bitterness. Balance is spot on
growler6 (48) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great marriage of bittersweet chocolate, mango, and earthiness. The sour from the rye puts it over the top. Not overly viscous and goes down smoothly. If an IPA and a dry stout had a love child this would be it. Itís the best Black Ale Iíve tried.