BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A three-way vertical between Lakefront IBA (India-Style Black Ale), Three Heads Skunk Black IPA, and Hoppin Frog Hop Heathen Imperial Black Ale.
Bottle and served in one of my numerous Duvel snifters: Appearance: All three have basically the same color, very deep brown nearly opaque. The difference is head retention with the Three Heads maintaining a fluffy head and producing the best lacework (5). The Lakefront had a slight better head and spotty lace (3) versus the Hop Hopping Frog which left almost no lace on the glassware (2).
The nose: Resiny, bile, oniony hops with some pale chocolate and roast for the Lakefront. Juicy, grassy, piney and a tad faint hop with a dusty roasted malt note for the Skunk. The Hop Heathen is most unique for sure with a grapefruity, piney and smoky earthy malt vapour. Almost meaty and oh so earthy. I love the aroma of the Hopping Frog (9), while the Three Heads is tame and weak but not offensive (7) and the Lakefront has the oniony, garlic, and catty overtones I do not care much for (5).
The taste profiles: We start with the Hop Heathen this time and I get quite a bit of heavy resin, pine sap, and some of the catty high alpha notes that were much more noticeable on the aroma of the Lakefront. There is a nice roasted and slight smoked, leathery, tobacco, liquorice undertones as well for the Hoppin Frog. It is complex for the genre, perhaps too much so. (7). The Skunk has more a basic fruity, piney, and cardboardy taste. Much like the aroma this beer is tame and weak compared to the other two. Even the finish is far too short (5). The Lakefront has a nice bitterness but is still not quite as aggressive as I would like, a bit too malty (but not sweet). Coffee and earth are pronounced with this beer. (6)
Mouth feel/Palate: Start with the Three Heads Shunk this time: Lively enough, too much (which explains the lasting head), over carbonated, thin, ashy, short. Not all that good (2) The HFHHIBA (haha) is aggressive, biting, a tad boozy, and a tad medicinal. This one suffers from being the one that is a tad under-carbonated. (3). Then there is the Lakefront IBA which a bit thin and a bit over carbonated as well. There is a minerally and metallic quality about this I found a bit off-putting (2). Wow, NONE OF THESE are clean nor properly carbonated, either over or under. All have major flaws on the palate IMO. <insert sad face emotion here>:
Final Verdict: None of the beers are something I would buy again. Each failed to meet expectations. Each are classic examples of when a brewer attempts the "next big thing" without a clue on what they are doing. (Remind me not to but a Berliner Weiss from any of these three breweries.). Off to find a good beer and dump the remainder of these bomber, such a waste of my time and monies.
scottyg354 (5) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good beer, Pours dark like a Porter or Stout with a nice creamy tan head that lingers. Smells like a chocalatey IPA, nice even heavy hop and heavy malt character
Tastes hoppy and chocolates, some bready notes. Some sweetness with mild coffee. Really nice.
A little on the watery side, but it holds up to its other characteristics
A good beer thru and thru.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from secret santa. Pour has a very dark chestnut color and a thin covering of tan head. Aroma has roasted malt, pines, coffee, chocolate, and light resins. Mouth feel coats nicely and is far heftier than expected with medium high carbonation. Flavor confirms the lean to the maltier side, chocolate, coffee, roast, pine, some bitterness, and a lingering finish. A lot of beers in the style are ipa’s with some dark malt thrown in for color but this has a hefty malted core put up against a dose of hops.
DocLock (9494) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from MC Hammer, otherwise known as Dr. of Fermentation Engineering Matt Capone. Pours blacker than black (I want my baby back), with minimal clingy khaki head. Nose is huge piney resiny hops, roasty dark malt, plum. Tastes roasty black patent malty, somewhat charred, with mid-palate resiny hops. The IBUs continue until the finish, taking top billing from the malt somewhat. As it warms, more resiny piney hops emerge, with the malt maintaining a solid balance.
PhillyCraft (5326) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours a dark brown color with small to medium khaki head. Excellent lacing streaks. Aromas of roasted malt, smoked wood, cocoa, caramel and citrus from the hops. Taste is smoked malts, spicy wood, grapefruit, and coffee. Light carbonation with a medium body. Had a slight bitter ending but mostly smooth and warming.
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Capones. Pours dark brown with thin mocha head and solid lacing. Nose of floral, piney and citrus hops, with roasted coffee notes. Taste of grapefruit and pine with a smooth chocolate and roasted coffee finish. Pretty smooth somewhat thick mouthfeel.
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas floral hops, pine, chocolate, roast, and citrus. Tastes of chocolate, pine, citrus, caramel, and floral hoppiness.
adrian910ss (2558) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a dark cola with a medium sized beige-light tan head. Aroma of roasted pine, charr, malt, chocolate and grapefruit. Taste of pine tar, roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit notes and light charr. Very nice.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a pocked tan head. Nose is spruce, mint and black coffee; subtle, sweeter chocolate and caramel. Silky medium body with a numbing buzz. Taste is big and bold dark chocolate, pine, grapefruit, coffee and iodine. A bit too much of everything but they do call it an Imperial; new style?
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 65 cl. Pours a cloudy opaque dark brown with a dense and creamy beige head leaving quite some lacework. Sweetish roast with an edge of citrusy hops. Rich body, sweet roast, a little chocolate and a discreetly bitter finish. Delicious - more malty than hoppy I’d say. 130712