mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From my notes. Growler. Pour is dark brown with a small off white head. Looks to be fairly carbonated. Large amounts of orange are present in the aroma with a slight amount of chocolate. Taste is a very pleasant mix of orange, slightly coffee-like roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Finish is citrus orange. A little over carbonated for my liking, but very enjoyable as a desert drink.
dchmela (2890) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to GodofThunder for the growler pour. Brownish black pour. Huge fresh peeled orange, chocolate and roasted grain aroma. Hints of orange in the taste, but it really is all about the roasted grain and chocolate in the taste. Awesome.
arminjewell (8853) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the American Craft Beer Fest on tap, usual brown/black pour with tan head. Aroma is big, big chocolate and orange combined. Much like a citrus flavored chocolate, there is a big tangy bitterness from the orange with some nice roasted notes. Liked this one!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan, if I remember correctly. Dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is a bit odd - roasty and chocolately, some orange peel, also an almost almond-like aroma. The peel gives it some astringency, slightly roasty. Pretty interesting.
13allison (5) - USA - NOV 9, 2009 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from Flat Earth Brewery. Strong, delicious aroma of orange peel. Pours dark with a bit of tan head. Flavor reminds me of the chocolate oranges at Christmas. Nice carbonation that dances on your tongue.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from the brewery. Smells like Orange Crush soda pop. Appearance dark brown, not much head. Flavor is a straightforward chocolate/orange with a lingering orange flavor on your tongue. As it warms up, the aroma mellows out and smells less like Crush and more like beer. The flavor also is exponentially once it gets up to around 50-55 degrees.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler… This cloudy, dark brown ale shows slants of ruby when held up to bright light. The incredibly unique, nearly euphoric, aroma is all about juicy orange peel, dark-roasted grains and chocolate. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Chocolaty-sweet and a touch grainy with a refreshing component of just-removed orange peel. Sweet, chocolaty, orangey finish. I savored more than one pour of this baby. Kudos to TheCheeseMan for affording me the opportunity to experience this beer!
PhillyBeer2112 (2679) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler with a big thanks to cheeseman for sharing. Dark brown, modest head. Bright orange up front on the nose, with chocolate behind it, immediately reminding you of those chocolate oranges you can get at christmas time. Light palate with more orange and chocolate. Clean finish with a lingering orange touch and just a hint of chocolate. Some of the orange citrus gives a hint of acidity or astringency, a sharpness of some sort. Deeper in hints at an orange liqueur, but not exactly like Grand Marnier. Very unusual and certainly the first beer I’ve ever had with such a strong straightforward orange presence.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 This beer is f’ing rad. Thanks to Cheeseman. Tastes like a chocolate and orange cordial. Awesome roast and orange. This kicks ass. Totally original and tasty. I love this.
JK (5331) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maybe the best of the X-1 series so far, actually, probably the best. Earthy aroma. A little sour apple that works, and some yeast. Very good flavor of mandarin oranges, and quite a lot of it. Black with moderately roasted malt. Very good idea here.