hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can... Pours black with a mid-sized, pillowy, taupe head. Excellent retention. The bouquet is an intermingling of burnt grains, dark chocolate, caramel and pine. Light to medium-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor is roasty, burnt and bitter. The finish is crisp, coarse, bitter, and then Sahara-dry. Can courtesy of Bvery!</B/>
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Medium tan head that leaves nice lacing atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some orange, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, coffee, light roast, orange. Medium body, light acidity, low carbonation.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi! Really dug this one. Pours a deep chocolate-brown, with a pillowy tan head that lasts; great lacing. Bitter chocolate, a hint of caramel, and some nice citrusy/piney hop character in the nose; focused and engaging. Medium mouthfeel with medium-high CO2; a nice spritzy carbonation and citrusy hop liveliness at the front of the tongue; a sturdy grapefruit and piney bitterness at the core; around those core points of contact are those darker notes: bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, hints of an oily, toasty nuttiness (likely taking some of that oily feel from the hop resins); a really nice black IPA, one of the best I’ve had.
nuplastikk (5367) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can from some kind individual. Opaque brown-black body with a big, foamy, beige head. Oliy black malt and a steady citrus backbone. OK, not my favorite example of the style, a little sticky and sugary. Rich and full bodied, certainly not thin or lacking ingredients. Doesn’t quite come together.
MaBeer1972 (1585) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bulldog Northeast. Dark and hoppy up front. Lots of pine and herbal spice layered with smoky chocolate. Decent enough, but I am still not a big fan of this style.
jmgreenuk (6500) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can courtesy of Kermis. Poured a deep mahogany with a broken white tan head. The aroma is grassy hop, leading to a smooth, weak liqourice bitter smoky flavour. A superb and rather unusual beer.
sawbuck (549) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aromas of caramel, chocolate, coffee, with faint hops in the background. Beautiful pour, pitch black with dark tan head, very frothy. Smokey, roasted malt in front, followed by bitter chocholate, hint of vanilla. Finishes dry and bitter, but not hoppy bitter, more like dark chocolate. Decent but more like a porter.
kermis (8486) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared. Pours almost black with tan head. Aroma of big roasted malt, grassy hops, light citrus, resin and light chocolate. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
deanso (7416) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can shared with and courtesy of kermis.
Thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Lovely bitterness. Very smooth.
JK (5410) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have had this several times. Most recently from a bottle purchased on the brewery’s opening day. Well roasted malt giving mild coffee and chocolate flavor, as well as moderate hops. Solid palate, and biter finish. I am not a huge fan of this style, but Midnight Ryder pulls it off better than most.