hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Pure chocolate-mocha bliss with all the trappings of a Heath Bar®... buttery toffee and milk chocolate flavor. Perfectly balanced caramel malts; tannic, burnt, heavily bitter hops and mild acidity. Full-bodied and silky with medium carbonation. Burnt, bitter, acrid finish. A big SHOUT goes out to shigadeyo for shipping this gem to me!
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark brown beer with a thin tan head. Earthy hop aroma with light chocolatey malts. Some nice earthy hops with a balance of soft chewy malts. Bitter chocolate, leafy hops. It’s a nice brew.
erikm (1) - Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2007 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am not typically impressed by mixed beers such as this one. I tend to shy away from paying for them because it seems more like a gimmick than anyting else. This one I tried tho and it wasn’t too bad. You get the thickness of the stout with the carbonation of the IPA and some of the flavor of the stout. It was decent, more drinkable than a straight stout would be in the spring, which is when I tried it. I would have liked to have seen a little more of the IPA come through in the taste if at all possible. Enjoyed trying it very much tho.
PhillyBeer2112 (2497) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite dark in the glass, essentially opaque, perhaps a dark red color...tan head. Aroma seems to be a fight between an aggressive citric hoppiness and a slighly weaker roasty malt (there’s also a coffee/chocolate component in there too). Woo - smooth. A soft pleasing dark chocolate sweetness comes to the fore straight off, then a lingering espresso note, just a tingle of hops (indistinct amongst all that malt). Moderately bitter hoppy finish, a touch grassy. Long finish blends bitterness with roast. Nice, and a true blend of styles. Creamy full mouthfeel.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Notalush for sharing your beer with us! This was an unusual beer - a blend of Imperial Stout and IPA, but I think it works pretty darn well. The oatmeal comes through as a pleasant sweetness that pairs well with this sweet, citrus bitterness from the strong hops. I like.
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Notalush. Pours dark dark brown. Aroma is nicely hopped, I mean pretty much IPA, very citrus-y. Light sweet caramel behind that. Taste is on the light side, think dry stout (lightly roasted). Still the taste seems a bit empty compared to the aroma. Finishes with a light bitterness. A nice blend of beers.
notalush (4640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from ogglethorp (thanks, man!) - well, this brew ain’t much to look at - looks like a thin brown ale with a few stray bubbles at the top - the aroma and flavor are essentially identical - a very nicely balanced combination of assertive hop bitterness and piney character from the IPA, and the deep, roasted qualities of the stout - the stronger malt profile of the stout does a really service to the IPA (as I remember it being a little less malty than I had hoped), bringing a little more body and sweetness, while retaining the strong, crisp hop flavor - I’m normally not a fan of blends, but this is nice.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from LeopoldStotch. I was excited to try this. An IPA and an Imperial Stout mixed together........two of my favorite styles.
As one would expect, the color was dark, and the aroma was malt and dark roasted coffee. Not sure if I would categorize this as a super hoppy stout or a dark roasty IPA. At any rate, it’s good.
jmikolich (1401) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle shared with Ebbies7, kind of dissappointed with this one, This is basically BORIS + minor hops, I would rather just drink either the BORIS or the IPA but not a combination, the rating is saved on account of the vast presence of the BORIS ( one of my favorites) i’d save the 1 dollar a bottle and just buy BORIS.
robinvboyer (2880) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
well this is interesting.......i’m getting alot of roasty chocolate, and malt in the nose, even a bit of pine, but the hops come through nicely. nice bitterness to it.
the stout and IPA are distinct, a very well done beer.