beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber courtesy of a trade with DA. Pours very dark brown, just about black, with a moderate tan head that lasted until mid-glass and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of fruity grapefruit along with some very mild malt. The flavor is most definitely tilted towards the hops with strong pine and grapefruit bitterness. Given the darkness of the beer, I thought there would be more of a roasted malt backbone, but the malt is very subdued. Moderate-strong bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. One for the hopheads.
Mora2000 (6134) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer.
The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a white head. The aroma is strong resiny hops with some roasted malt. The flavor is resiny hops with just the lightest amount of roasted malt. Still, this beer is all about the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
travita (4715) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. The smell is malts, hops, more malts, roasty, and slight chocolate. The look is brown, clear, not much head. The taste is hops, slight malts, more fruits.
marcus (8592) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a decent tan head and toasty aroma. There is a well-balanced flavor featuring roasted malt and tasty hops. It reminds me of an English stong ale.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with billowing head. Lots of perfumey floral hops balanced with roasted dark malt. Moderate bitterness lingers in the finish. Very perfumey. Well done.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours a dark brown/black with tan head. Aroma is very hoppy and kinda over powers the dark roasted notes. Flavor isn’t much different, has some sharp pine. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not all that bad.
brianprentiss (689) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pretty good offering, had on tap at HUB in Portland. Nothing spectacular but would have again.
mar (5134) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. deep brown almost black with a cream head. nose is fresh piney hops, esters, and a light bitterness. nice on the palate, flavors of light hops, bitterness, and a smooth finish.
NachlamSie (3167) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint at brewpub. Pours darn black. It’s basically the same shade as their stout. Delightfully hoppy aroma on this one. Plenty of grapefruit and dank herbs make this smell super nice. Hops transfer well to the flavor. Grapefruit flavors clash well with chocolaty malts. Great American style ale.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body, creamy an head, aroma is mocha chocolate coffee with some fresh west coast hops, flavor is big malts, thick caramel, chucks of chocolate, some deep roast, a wide hop flavor and a hint of smoke, an amazing ale, one of the best beers I’ve had in a long time, really great stuff!