ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours out an ebony-hued body with a towering, light tan body. Modest lacing.
Smell: Well-roasted malts, but also some toasty accents, too. Sweet-scented elements of chocolate and caramel candy are plentiful. A little candied citrus makes its way to the imbiber’s nose, but it is not a very hoppy scent. Also, a smidgen of alcohol is in there.
Taste: Starts with char, then flashes to moderately roasty coffee, then settles to semi-sweet chocolate and dark caramel. Citrusy, lightly pine-flavored hops, though predominately citrus-based. Moderately bitter. Pinch of sweet licorice candy, some cauterized toast, and a drop of prune juice. Goes through being roasty, resinous, bitter and with a bite of a chocolate bar and a bite of soul-soothing alcohol until the dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: I liked it fairly well. The malts were prevalent without leaning on too much guh-inducing astringent black malts, the hops were bold without ever being harsh or ghastly, and the booze, while, yes, it is noticeable, isn’t overbearing. However, those pesky hopheads might always yearn for more and more hard, unyielding hop bitterness.
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz bottle. Jet black pour, brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt grains, and citrus hops. Flavor is of sweet malt, burnt grains, some coffee roast. Finishes with a sharp hop bitterness, more roast, and alcohol. Big burn, lots of roast. Love those hops. This is a big beer!
SSSteve (3824) - - MAR 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. a nice opaque black beer with a medium sized, creamy brown head. big floral hop aroma with large amount of milk chocolate and graham cracker. flavor is very bitter with hops, but also incredibly packed with roasted malt. the palate is full, robust and thick. very, very big beer. the hops are almost too much for me, but this beer will impress a lot of people. big stuff happening in Hampton!
Cybercat (3489) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an oily black with a fine-bubbled beige head. It is so opaque that not one photon gets through. Strong aroma is smoky, hoppy and malty with earthy and nutty hints. Flavor is strongly hoppy and woody, minimally bitter, and has touches of licorice, resin and caramel. Texture is quite fizzy and edgy with a fairly strong but not vicious alcohol nip. Big flavor? You betcha!
beernovice39 (3156) - Montana, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pour a deep black with a thick tan beige head. Scent is hoppy. Taste is earthy bitter with a nutty hint. 10% very well hidden....be careful :)).
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very little activity on the pour. I initially thought that maybe the beer was a little flat, but it turned out that the head was just a little slow to build. The head is a light khaki and a very creamy texture. Incredibly long lasting. The brewery really misleads with their declared style for this beer. Although, to be fair to them, India-Style Black Ale may suggest a black IPA, but it doesn’t actually claim to be one. Instead, I’d call this more a slightly hoppier than normal Imperial Stout or Imperial Porter. The sweetness on first sip was actually a bit of a shock, but as I drink it, it doesn’t grow into cloyingness, but instead turns out to just be a fairly rich beer. If you label this an imperial stout, I think some will knock it for not being complex enough with the roastier flavors (although there are plenty of things going on here), but if you go in expecting only a strong black ale instead of an IS, then I think you’ll be pleased with the result.
Shag (2637) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured a pitch black color with a beige head. The aroma contains some chocolate, coffee, faint citrus, alcohol. The flavor is mainly chocolate and coffee. Some licorice is showing. The finish is bitter on this one. Overall this is about 90% stout, 10% IPA but I thought it was a nice beer.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at a tasting at Suttree’s. Pours reddish black with mauve head. The aroma is super chocolatey with an anise note, some vanilla, and some wood. The flavor is chocolatey with wood tones, nice and boozy, especially in the finish. Ample bitterness. Not bad, but given how chocolatey it is, perhaps they should have called it a strong porter. But whatever.
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to mixmasterob. Dark black pour, creamy black head and a rich chocolately/peppery nose. Flavor is also rich creamy chocolate biscuits, spicy hops a little smoke and finished with no hint of the 10% abv. I need more of this, and soon. Go out of your way to get your hands on this one!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, dark brown, black in the middle but with some mahogany hints around the edges. There is a small tan head that leaves some patchy lacing.
Aroma has a big dose of citrus with oranges and pineapple as well as some resinous pine. The doughy malts are in there with cocoa powder and a slightly toasty character.
The taste is just as good and starts with the citrus and floral hops but the black malls and chocolate are more evident than in the aroma. The finish is smooth, toasty and slightly bitter with a fresh green hoppiness lingering after each sip.
The mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated with a light dry bitterness in the finish.
This is a really strong offering from Jailhouse, one of the better and more balanced hoppy dark ales I’ve had lately. Looking forward to more of this series.