jsquire (3437) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with a thin wispy brown head. Rich roasted grain nose with strong pine hop notes. Really full mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted grains, rye, molasses, burnt toast, dusty chocolate and a big bitter hop finish. Tasty beer.
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle and served in Pipeworks snifter: Nice opaque topped beige appearance with very good lacework. The 1st thing that strikes me is that pronounced piney, leafy and moderate citric hop forward character that seems more BLACK IPA than Imperial Stout. There is some roast, toast, leather, tobacco, chocolate, and ash but for heavens sake is this overly hopped for an Imperial Stout (or it does not have the malty backbone to stand up to the hops?)
Then the taste... this is WAY OVER HOPPED for the genre, I have had many BLACK IPA’s less hopped than this. It is a struggle to find the sweeter malts. All I get is an ashy and charred undertone? A light amount of Blackened Rye is detected. The mouth feel is sprite, aggressive, and way too metallic! There is NOTHING RICH about the mouth feel. Hedonistic value, I like this as a BLACK IPA minus the heavy metallic notes... as an Imperial Stout not so much. Only 55 IBUs? Really? Smells and tastes more like 100+ IBU easily.
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at Aficionado’s. Black pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of rye malt, grassy hops and malt. Malty flavor with bitter dark chocolate and grassy hops before a spicy rye finish.
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a short-lived, funky yellowy head. The aroma picked up lots of chocolate and toasted black malts with fresh, bright rye and green piney accents.. overall very hoppy, which worked decently with the base beer. The flavor found fresh bitter pine and cocoa roast over black malts and lesser chocolate.. some rye bread came through toward the back.. finished with a lot of fresh hops and chocolate malt roast. Medium-bodied, dry, and a little grainy on the palate.. aiight, but more Black IPA-ey than I wanted.
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a huge brown head tall and thick w/ great lacing. first sniff was pure rye whiskey, second whiff was very well hopped lots of subdued grasses. Avg palate. Odd flavor a bit overly dry hints of rye for sure, but not really alcoholic a fair amount of roast malts and a hint of what I thought was a fugel hop flavor. Finishes clean and dry. OK, not really what I expected or that great.
DrSilverworm (6315) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Black but not completely opaque color, good brown head. Good chocolate nose. Great lace. Very nice rye bread flavor, works well with the chocolate. Smooth, lighter texture. Medium / bigger chewier body, nice mild dryness to the texture. Good bitter sweet taste. Good roastiness, light coffee. Light smoke. This is very good.
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkest black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste of rye malts and hops, medium bitterness, medium body. Finishes with coffee and hop bitterness.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with fatknitty - Pours a black color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, and rye. Flavor is much of the same. Finish is fairly bitter and dry. Medium to full body. A nice beer. Thanks Joe.
Headbanger (3300) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle 12/3/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-44° in Snifter-Pours black with a two finger brown head. Aroma of hops, chocolate, and coffee. Taste of the same with more hops, a little rye, and chocolate. This full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down super easy. This collaboration brew kicks some major ass.
ryecatcher (772) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours a thick, oily black with an immense mocha-colored head with mad retention and lacing. Nose is rye and roasted malt and something I can’t quite place my finger on... maybe slight diacetyl? Mouth is medium bodied considering how thick it pours, thinning out on the back end. Mainly roasted chocolate malt and some rye spiciness, Coulda been so much more. The Akron frogmen have certainly got more impressive work in their portfolio.