MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown, thin large-bubbled tan head. Piney, doughy, bit hot, faint sugar left over. Flavor similar, more lasting bitterness, light oily pine. Would like more roasted malt and less sweetness through nose.
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. This is very well balanced- a nice citrus and piny hop forwardness that fights its way through a robust roasty backbone. A battle of coffee and chocolate roast versus bittersweet citrus and piny hops. A big body that actually seems to be more hoppy at the front, leaving a dry roast at the finish. Is this really 10%? Delicious and fairly priced!
GT2 (8353) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
651mL thanks to beerandblues2. The pour is a near black, looking jet black in the glass, with a thick, coffee head. Nice retention. Aroma is olives, meat, strawberry, cheesy hops. Odd combo. Taste is a hazelnut, bitter, nutty hops, coffee, cocoa, light alcohol spice. Palate is oily, bitter, drying. Fairly thick and viscous. Not bad.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice chocolate and roast nose with a solid shot of citrus. The taste is a but sweet, moderately bitter, lots of roast, lots of chocolate, some molasses.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by BeerandBlues2: Pours an oily opaque black with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a big fresh piny hoppy nose with some good mild dark malty sweetness. Starts with good malty fullness and light sweetness with lots of citrus and piny hop flavor before a lingering resiny bittersweet finish. Has lots of good hop character and malty balance throughout.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is hoppy - pine and citrus - with notes of chocolate. Dark roasted malt with tons of hops. Very piny with a heavy bitter finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, frothy tan head, medium-long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, dark fruit, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus, grassy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisins, prunes, peat, and alcohol. Flavor is heavy malt (roast, dark fruit, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus, grassy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisins, prunes, peat, and alcohol. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a dry and biting finish.
Earlier Rating: 9/29/2010 Total Score: 3.8
Tap at Fort Collins. Pours clear black with an average, creamy tan head, high retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roasted), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), average esters (apple/pear) with notes of prune and dates. Flavor is heavy malt (caramel, coffee, chocolate, roasted), heavy hops (floral, earthy, spicy), light esters (dried fruit) with notes of wood, prune, and dates. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess, dry and biting finish.
uhclem (360) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím not normally a fan of dark IPAís - especially ones this strong. Imagine my pleasant surprise. Nose is malt, chocolate, coffee and molasses. Flavor is a creamy blend of malt chocolate and hops. Great mouthfeel. Alcohol is present but well integrated. Nice long finish. I will drink this again.
Beaver (1282) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a frothy creamy brown head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.
The aroma is bitter, slightly charred, roasted malts with a little black licorice and chalky alcohol.
The flavor is a little sweet chocolate and heavily roasted malts with a big harsh charred bitter bang in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, too much harsh charred bitterness, with not a lot redeeming for me. This was a bit more balanced and pleasant on draft.
scoth (492) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours inky brown, black in the glass, with a medium tan head, very fine lasting lacing. Aromas of pine resin, hay, coffee, rye bread, and a slight floral aroma. Medium body, zesty, crisp, dry. Medium sweet, then a nice medium-strong bitterness, just a little tartness in the lasting bitter finish.