Idiosynkrasie (5951) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Jet black colour with huge, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting and lacing, beige head. Black IPA-ish aroma, roasty dark malty, dark chocolately and resinous hoppy notes converge into green onion flavours; overall there’s a predominance on the richer malty side, delivering additionally hints of coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate. Taste is bitter hoppy, roasty dark malty, hints of dark chocolate, cold mocha, an earthy, resinous hoppy touch, some citrusy hoppy overtones as well, even a salty touch of liquorice. Very well balanced, at the same time diversified, oscillating between different flavours, delivering new subset combinations with every sip, depending on the focus of your advertency - too complex to determine the flavours all at once.
RexTalionis (3433) - FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark mahogny in color with an off-white head. Upfront you get chocolate, dark roasted malts, floral notes and forresty pine in aroma. Roasted malts, coffee and burnt wood in taste with a nice bitterness backing it up. Quite smooth mouthfeel too. Then there’s that grapefruit bitterness and toffee sweetness mixed together with coffee and pine in the finish. Really nice and delicious brew.
daknole (10801) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome. Clear brown, beige head. Great balance of hops, some light smoke, roast. Tasty.
lb4lb (2582) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell bright roasty hoppy clean nice. Taste same. Light roasty flavor body.Very nice stuff.
edgallow (3411) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of citrus, pine malts and floral. Taste is malts, citrus and pine.
KyotoLefty (8858) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery. Pitch black with a pretty, high, tan head. Aroma of chocolate malts, coffee, and hops, citrus and pine. Full flavor, chocolate dominates but a good deal of roasty coffee as well, more than I prefer, actually, and great hops all around. Bitter hop and roast finish. It is interesting to try to think about the lager characteristics of this. Definitely drinks like a black IPA. Enjoyable.
Concealer (1107) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown with a foamy, tan head that lasts and laces. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, pine, coffee, and light grapefruit. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, pine, coffee and light dark fruit notes. Medium bodied, crisp with a dry and bitter finish. Lingering roastiness.
drsandman (927) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with small beige head. Aroma is woody cedar, pine hop, smoke, grassy hop, cocoa, coffee, caramel. Flavor is medium bitter, smokey, fresh grassy pine hop. Med mouthfeel, sweet chocolate / cocoa / and pine hop dry bitter finish.
Minderbinder (3186) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with medium beige head. Good lacing. Some resin. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, fruits, coffee. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, bitterness, a tad harsh. Palate: Medium body. Soft carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall: A tad harsh. Nice malt features.
mathieuc (3038) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Jean-Michael for this one and many others that night! Pours a dark brown with a small offwhite head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of roasted nuts, chocolate and light coffee. Taste is of chocolate, roasted grain husks and is moderately bitter. It has a "charred" character that I’m not entirely fond of but still, this is a dark hoppy beer so I believe you can consider it to be normal. Body was medium, carbonation medium-high. Good beer, not something I usually seek but it was quite enjoyable overall.