wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits, San Francisco. Poured a deep dark brown/black colour with a mid sized tan head. Aroma revealed citrus, piney hop mingled with some roast/burnt toast notes. Fullish mouthfeel. Hoppage was once again prominent in the taste, coupled with some tasty chocolate, malts and nice fruitiness. ABV nicely smothered. Hop bitterness continued on into the finish. I really enjoyed this. Good effort.
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: can definately smell the malt, some caramel, hop is secondary; Appearance: medium bodied tan head on pour that lingers for a bit, looks a lot like porter, not much like an IPA, very dark brown but not hazy, lets just a hint of light through around the edges; Taste: EXTREMELY bitter, wow, I was not expecting that, lives up to its 145 IBU rating, lots of roasty malt, not much pine; Palate: after the bitter punch, the palate is mostly that of a dark beer, where the malt lingers but not much of the IPA quality, pretty enjoyable, good carbonation; Overall: this beer was just a plain wierd experience, looked nothing like and IPA, and in its palate, there was a lot of malt, I’d say, except for its extremely bitter IPA quality, it was more of a malty, rather than a hoppy, experience, I’d still recommend it as something unique
SirADNielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Dark brown/black appearance with light white head. Big hoppiness on top of a dark roasty malty scent. Dark malts and big hoppy flavor- reminds me of Avery New World Porter. Good but not amazing beers.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from the Wine and Cheese Place, The Lou. Very dark brown body with some intense carbonation to start. Soft floral notes come across initially in the nose, but then there’s a wave of Nutella, molasses, and anise. Hops suffused throughout but this is definitely a somewhat different take on the black IPA rage. Body is fairly full, with billowy carbonation and a light, fairly spritzy finish. Flavors are quite nice, but it’s almost as if it can’t seem to commit to the fruity or the darkly flavorful. Enjoyable though.
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good but kind of thin. I don’t taste any German malts as stated on the label. Tastes like an IPA with a few spoons of dark beer added. Doesn’t really do it for me.
Sammy (8520) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Vine Club. Good hop aroma. Black with a white head, lace sheet. Would be an awesome cask, carbonation right there though suitable. Grapefruit taste, expensive pint for Denver at $8. Decent drinkability, roasted malt, malt there to hold back the grapefruit.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle(2010) from Plaza at home 8Feb11 pours dark brown with thin shades of red on the bottom of the glass, medium frothy tan head. Aroma is cola, chocolate, light roast notes, spicy grassy hops. Flavor is sweet cocoa and caramel upfront, really odd how much sweet dark malt flavors there are versus dry, bitter roasted malts. The sweetness is cut by a nice spicy hop bitterness that lingers into a slight alcohol burn. Seems more like a mildly hoppy RIS to me.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2010) Pours a nice dark brown/black. Pleasant citrus, piny hop aroma. Roasty malts. Smooth body, with a mild hop finish. Enjoyable.
Trev (1919) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a medium tan head.
aroma is piney and light citrusy hop over chocolate malt.
body is a little light.
flavour is light chocolate and coffee roasted maltiness. piney resinous hop.
very smooth and easy drinking.
rubbishystuff (1823) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle. Pretty good beer. Hoppy but not overly-aggressively so. Nice roasted flavor. Serving: Tap