Travlr (9809) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the source. Dark maroon color, thick beige head with smazing retention and solid lacing. Aroma of light spice and burnt espressp. Taste is pone needles dipped in dark coffee. Nice.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a dark brown color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal hops with faint caramel and roasted malts. The taste is herbal, resin hops, nutty notes and toffee malts. Medium bodied with a mild lingering bitterness.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Suttreeís. Pours deep mahogany with a fairly sturdy white head. Aroma is a mix of spruce, coffee, and a touch of licorice. Flavor is pretty much the same, with an odd spicy note added. Seems to lose and crispness as it warms.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Before this beer was reinvented as a black IPA, it seemed like an interesting hybrid of a hoppy amber and a strong ale. Now itís been tweaked to resemble a style thatíll probably be gone in a few years, and mostly lacks the complexity of some of the finer examples out there. Bitter, piney, not without character; just nothing to send you on a return trip.
emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark and clean with one finger of tight tan head. Nose is nice, peppery and roasty with some spicy hop notes and coffee grounds. Light onion/garlic component and citrusy notes. Medium bodied with a roasty and moderately bitter palate
TURDFERGUSON (3736) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with a small tan head. Nose is very green, garlic, onion, grass, light citrus, roast, cocoa. Much improved after ten minutes of breathing/warming. Flavor is a bit messy still though. Olives, light green pepper, soy sauce, medium green vegetal bitterness. Slightly sweet, mocha finish. Strange.
nearbeer (3278) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap and 12 oz. bottle. Opaque ebony with a lasting film of creamy bubbles. Big nose of grapefruit and orange zest, pine resin, and coffee. Taste is big citrus, resin, earthy mocha, and mineral water. Near-medium body is soft and roasty-dry, but is a little sticky at times and has flare-ups due to over-carbonation. Maybe that was intentional to help balance the stickiness, but I prefer sticky to overly fizzy. Still a pretty tasty beer.
maxwelldeux (2696) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with a moderate off-white (and quickly disappearing) head. Nose is a little hoppy with some pine notes in it, though the malts smooth it out. Maltier than I expected - no real bitterness to this at all.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Samís Quik Shop. Nose is citrus and green onions. Some dark malts, but much more hops. Taste is thin, with some sort of bitter ash and mocha. Light palate. Meh.
OldGrowth (2327) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, from Triangle wine. good aroma, sweet, roasty. dark orangy brown color, good head that faded to ring, good lace. Bitter sweet flavor, mediun body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, bitter finish, pretty darn tasty. very interesting with aroma. citrus, pine, roasted malt all come into play. flavor is more on the roasted bitter side. nice change to the Frostbite.