Theydon_Bois (5297) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler split at Bruce’s pad - huge thinks to Agent C Dee Aye (aka Leighton) who lugged this treat over the pond for us even though he’d already had it, drinking it again would be no chore mind you !
Pours pitch black with a good sized tan head that dissipates to pond work.
Nose is jammy berry fruit, streak o’booze, liqourice, pine resin, bitter grapefruit, dark chocolate, dank hop notes.
Taste comprises rich cocoa powder, pine, bitter tropicals, skunky hops, boozey coating, bitter grapefruit, dark berry compote, light smoke and roastings.
Medium bodied with bollocks, fine carbonation, earthy hop bitterness and subtle roast in the closure.
Meine freundes, das is genau meine strasse !
maneliquor (2265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler split cheers to Leighton the american man. Pours dark brown with a big and sticky khaki head. Nose is loaded with grapefruit and pine driven hops, mild aniseed, sherbert, choc powder and orange rind. Alludes to the beginnings of an old fashion. Piney as all hell in the taste with dry chocolate powder and tropical mandarin notes, touch tangy indeed. Plenty of bright fruits with mild roasted coffee beans. Touch ashy on the finish. Very solid
SudsMcDuff (5360) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml H&F growler .. . Pours a deep brown .. Stro head, lacing is of the medium strenghth .. . Mild toast, medium roast, and scorched hops .. . The mouth is muscle, easy finish .. . A pretty well done black ipa
.. . . My drafts folder is just a list of my favorite beers.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours seep brown-black with a thick, lasting beige foam head. The aroma has ripe grapefruit and moderate roast, honts of chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with good, moderately aweet chocolate, some baking cocoa, a bit of charred wood, toast, earth. Medium to full bodie with fine, somewhat creamy carbonation. Resinous finiah with lots of charred malts, bitter baking cocoa, some milk chocolate, a bit of purple grape and grapefruit. Lovely beer. Punchy but balanced and rich.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Positive Pie Montpelier. Fleeting aroma of red fruits, melon and roasted bitterness. Vaguely salty.
Doughy, flavorful dark malts mix nicely with a bright citric hoppiness to nearly nail the stylistic profile. Hints of sherry and soy muck it up, vaguely.
Thin palate is too clean. While this allows for a pleasantly crisp, dry finish, the middle carries too little weight. They can’t all be gems can they. It’s actually sort of reassuring.
bytemesis (2154) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler thanks to Dee. Pours opaque black with a large creamy tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus, pine , roasted malts, but pretty light overall. Flavor is the same, a bit minerally, light sweet, light plus bitter. Medium body, soft, creamy mouthfeel typical of HF beers. Little warming from the 9.5% ABV, which is somewhat impressive. This one hits all the notes, is obviously well crafted, but just doesn’t come together enough to stand out in my mind.
barn0216 (305) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, tiny layer of foam. Fragrant aroma, unfortunately i think my glass still has remnants of the last beer because i am having a hard time picking specific characteristics. Flavor is easier. Mildly hoppy, not picking up any of the darkness though. Meh.
jbeatty (846) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Prohibition Pig, 07/26/2013. Pours black, creamy light tan head rests like a pillow on the surface. Aroma is fleshy grapefruit, tangerine and light cantaloupe, soft chocolate coffee in the middle, dry roast finish. Taste is a brief citrus burst before bitter piney hops, dark chocolate, toffee and sweet licorice, strong espresso roast in a long bitter finish- great balance. Medium heavy body, yet nearly creamy. Excellent.
Jool (152) - - JUL 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler 750 mL. Noire, sans grande surprise. Notes de grains rotis et d’agrumes au nez et en bouche. La bouche est soyeuse et l’alcool n’est pas perceptible. Probablement le plus bel exemple du style que j’ai pu goûter.
czar (3257) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
growler. pours very dark brown with a very nice frothy beige head, good retention and lacing. big juicy fresh citrus and resin collide with nicely roasted chocolate and lightly smoked malts, bit of licorice and dirt, some leather notes too. hint of sweetness. moderate and subtle carbonation, medium body - oily, very nice lightly piney and citrusy short to medium long finish. balanced - how rare is it for a near 10% beer? insanely drinkable imperial bipa.