tmoreau (2740) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just tapped at Lunar Brewing Co. and dispensed to a chalice upon request, for a little variety. The color was darkest brown, with an abundant amount of tan/light brown, frothy head foam, followed by rings of ribbony lacing. The nose was light roastiness and cocoa, with citrus and resiny notes following. Ditto on the flavor, adding a well rounded, hop bitterness and nicely hidden alcohol to the medium body. The finish was pleasantly dry, with some lingering bitterness. A fine example of this newer style entry.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A Black IPA with way too much cooked vegetables. Meh.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed fresh about 2 months after bottling. Bottle sent to me by oakbluff, thanks Scott
The look: Near black body (cola color) topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose has plenty of citrus fruits but also some cooked vegetables. Taste is has solid full bodied dark malt backbone a nice fruity hopping and some oily nuts but to me everything was overwhelmed by the cooked vegetables flavor. Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc. The vegetables even overwhelmed the bitterness. The fruity bitterness of medium intensity was ruined by cooked carrots and other vegetable flavors. So, so this is another 750ml from Grand Teton that disappoints me. One too many. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, wow, you’re good. Fool me four times, holy shit, how do you have a PHD degree in fooling?
wyzzywyz22 (2061) - 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
adnielsen (9661) - 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 (1289) - 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 (9200) - 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.