talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours nearly black with a full, dense, foamy, dark beige head which leaves a thin froth and drippy lace. The nose is pleasantly hoppy with grapefruit, resinous notes, some pine, maybe even a bit floral, some spicy alcohol wisps, and other notes of burnt caramel and faint Colombian coffee. The flavor is similar but more balanced by the malts; still spicy, grapefruit, resinous, earthy, and piney but with milk chocolate, burnt caramel, faint tobacco, and similar coffee notes. The palate is nice with a full body, a chewy/silky mouthfeel, and soft to lively carbonation. The beer finishes more bitter with resinous and earthy notes matching coffee bitterness and lingering tobacco. The beer carried a moderately high bitterness mostly from the hops but a little from the dark malts. The dark malt notes never became chalky or intensely dry, while the hop and malt notes never clashed which are common downfalls of this style. To be honest, I was expecting a mess of a beer given the style and the brewery but this one surprised me; superb appearance (something similar to a Nogne beer??), very filling palate, and dark malts meshing well with intense hops. What a pleasant surprise from a local brewery.
notalush (4640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much more balanced, tasty and complex than their "regular" black ipa I had on tap a few months ago - kind of the best of imperial ipa and imperial stout here - black with a creamy tan head - nose is almost all IIPA at first, with assertive, resinous green hop character - seriously dank, woody - some black malt character hiding underneath - silky mouthfeel, full body - wonderful balance of assertive, moderately acidic hops and hefty, stouty maltiness - alcohol is perfectly masked - pretty freaking delicious.
Earlier Rating: 8/22/2010 Total Score: 3.5
Tap at Falling Rock - seriously black pour, looking much like an imperial stout - thick tan head - don’t know the abv on it, but it seemed to pack quite a punch, occasionally to its detriment, as the alcohol was quite noticeable, especially as it warmed, becoming a bit fusely in the finish - aside from this, though, the beer was assertive and complex - intense woody hop character that worked well off of the strong roasted malt character, and complimented the dry-ish notes of anise and bakers chocolate presented - intensely bitter but not abrasive - a lot of dry woody character throughout - aside from the strong alcohol, it is a good representation of the style.
drjay44 (2490) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, lasting, tiny bubbled mocha head, with heavy lacing, over a black brown (SRM 38) body....nose is heavy grapefruit, pine, lighter toffee/caramel, with hints of chocolate and coffee....taste is heavy sweet malts with toffee/caramel, hints of coffee, chocolate, tones of beef and soy, smidgen of tangerine, finishing with a lingering pine and grapefruit peel bitterness....mouth feel is thick and chewy, with alcohol very well hidden, carbonation makes for a creamy texture. This a beer of remarkable contradictions. The nose is that of an IIPA, the appearance of an Imperial Stout. Ultimately, it is a remarkably well balanced creation. The hop aroma promises a huge hop flavor and bitterness, which are there, but to a lesser degree then expected, and don’t even come close to dominating the malts which have abundant layers and complexity. This has characteristics of both an Imperial IPA and an Imperial Stout. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
elpresidente19 (30) - Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bomber, poured into a snifter
Aroma- Huge citrus nose on this one; grapefruit, "C" hops, tangerine, pine, and a touch of alcohol. Theres also some cocoa and earthiness in there.
Appearance- opaque, jet black. A tiny bit of light gets through on the edges when held to the light.
Taste- Predominantly citrus, pine, and earthy tones combine nicely with the roasted coffee/chocolate, giving way to a bit of warming alcohol
Palate- Very dense/ heavy on the palate, with noticeable hop oils leaving my mouth slick and coated in hops.
Overall- very impressed with this one!
Ratman197 (9066) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, light tangerine, light earthiness and a hint of cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, bitter chocolate, light earthines and light tangerine with a smooth dry lingering bitter citrus finish.
Earlier Rating: 2/26/2011 Total Score: 3.5
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of charcoal, earthiness, grapefruit and pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, charcoal, pine and grapefruit with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 9/27/2010 Total Score: 3.5
On tap at Fort Collins Brewing poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, carmel, earthiness and citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, earthiness, light citrus and a hint of pine with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.
3fourths (7803) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 deep brown with garnet edges. musty, wet, dank, moldy but fresh hop nose with noticeable roast and caramel malt. medium to thick body, somewhat chewy but bitter enough and acidic enough to provide adequate balance. buzzing, green, moldy hop resin mixed with chewy chocolate and caramel malt gives it a grassy, dank tobacco character. soft, silky texture with a heavy body. a lot to like about this one.
Nikiel (870) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Boulder Beer Rave ’10. Extraordinarily roasty and malty with plenty of hops to back it up. Intense flavor.