Travlr (11812) - 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.
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Mellow Mushroom - Johnson City. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and earthy coffee malt, prunes and licorice with earthy, pine, and dank hops. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, dark malt and fruits with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Drake (8539) - 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.
b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to pint. Looks good; a translucent dark cola with foamy beige head. Smells of dark malt, dark chocolate, roast, and citrus hops. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. A bit more bitter than I’d prefer, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Suttree (5141) - 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 Suttree’s. 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.
emacgee (4024) - 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
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 it’s been tweaked to resemble a style that’ll 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.
drfabulous (3982) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to ygtbsm94. Dark pour tan head. Some grapefruit aroma and taste. Nice and hoppy with that roast finish. Nice.
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, 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 (3715) - 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.