Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce can (from brewery)
Not having tried anything from Indeed I was curious after coming away with a six pack at the Great Taste of the Midwest. A solid black IPA has few flaws and makes me want to actively seek out a few more offerings the next time I find myself in Minnesota.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base pours with a rich chocolately texture. Soft edges and minimal head give it nice contrast. Chocolate, earthy hops, and warmth permeate the air like a malty porter.
Flavor / Palate - Burnt caramel, chocolate, and muddy hops sweep across the tongue. Transitioning to a smooth finish the texture is refreshing without being harsh. I wish I could have tried a few at the festival now.
Finhead (1400) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black pour with a creamy, brown head. The aroma has roasted malt, pine, and some dark chocolate. It has a medium body with creamy texture and soft carbonation. The taste is mildly bitter with a very dry, roasted finish.
maekchu (2832) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Zipp’s in Minneapolis. Dark caramel roast, dark fruits, chocolate, and hop blend. Dark roast initial / carbonation and strong hopping take it up into a slightly harsh resinous attack / floats back down into pleasing bitter notes. Medium body. Interesting mouthfeel and flavor progression. Very tasty and unusual stuff.
barn0216 (524) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from a buddy. Very dark brown, not much foam. Hoppy aroma with some roast. Nicely balanced flavor: hops, roast, ash, coffee grounds. Solid beer.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at brewery during RBSG. From notes. Coffee and citrus makes for a real winning combination. Diggin it.
drowland (7095) - Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/29/13. 12oz can thanks to ZMDR1975. Almost black pour with a small tan head. Dank hop aroma, touches of roasted malt aromas and acidity. Milder flavor than expected, some roast, chocolate, coffee, etc. with mild hop character. Tasty enough.
tastybeer (1850) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can courtesy Brigadier. Thanks! Black pour, tan head. Aroma of pine/citrus, roast, chocolate. Taste is bitter, dark chocolate, pine. Palate is dry, soft, bitter finish.
b3shine (6900) - Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can to tulip (shared by Brigadier). Looks good; a dark brownish black with foamy light beige head that dissipates into lacing. Smells good; dark malt, dark chocolate, hops, and roast. Tastes like it smells, but less robust. Nice and smooth on the palate. Good beer.
nealblind (1186) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 30, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark pour slight tan head. Aroma of acrid burnt malt and grassy hops. Tastes the same. Watery and bitter. Too bitter.
devman171 (1222) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a can, aroma is light roast and pine straw hops, taste is pretty bitter, nice black ale!