maxwelldeux (4158) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate head on it. Nose is a little hoppy, but not all that intense. Taste is a little bitter, but light and inviting. Great little beer.
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle----> snifter. Pours a pretty solid black with a small tan head that fades quickly and leaves some thin lacing. Aroma is burnt malt and a little coffee, Taste follows aroma with pretty hardcore bitter on the back end. Extremely thin palate. I’m not really sure what this one was shooting for, but it missed at every style I could think of.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a very dark brown with a fairly small, tan, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace rings. The nose is pleasant with pink grapefruit, woodsy, cocoa, some lighter roast, burnt caramels,maybe a bit of molasses. The flavor is still grapefruit, pine, dry roast, hollow rustic notes, and dry cocoa. The palate is dry, medium, and lively. The finish is mostly dry with dry cocoa and roast, still rustic, and some leather. This is a style I have a hard time with, the overly dry types (and overly dry IPA’s in general) are not my cup of tea. This does have some malt sweetness underneath and some citrus to balance the dry notes but ultimately the overly dry bitterness wins out. I usually find that the black IIPA’s hit more of what I like with a bit more malt sweetness and intense citrus to better balance the dry roasty notes. This one is decent but just lacks any memorable qualities.
keepersj12 (2916) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a red hue, thin tan head. The aroma is very malt, some bread, grass. The flavor has a bit of coffee, some chocolate, roast malt and a nice hop bitterness at the end. A bit thin but overall, quite nice.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is peppery and citrusy with a toasty malt core. The beer is deep chalky brown, almost black. The head is a thick, deep tan and leaves a full thick blanket of lace as the glass draws down. The flavor has a milky bitter roastiness that quickly falls back to a punchy fruity sweetness. The beer manages to finish bittersweet. Imagine that.
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Short Pump, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a mediim sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of big chocolate notes, roasted malts, resin and herbal hop finish. The taste is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a resin hop finish. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt. Taste is a little creamy, roasted malt. It is a nice tasting beer. Nice roasted aftertaste. OK lacing.
jstraw (1944) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with light, whispy tan head / Bright nose of roast coffee, chocolate, caramel, and pine / Light to medium body, some acidity and chew, dry, with good bitter finish / Flavors of dark roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate with notes of orange, lemon, pine, and caramel / Very astringent, could use a little more fruit, but still a worthwhile brew.
Brouwerij (957) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a near black with a half finger of brown head. Settles quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is mildly hoppy, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, with mild smoky tones. Flavor is roasted, malty, slightly smoky, and nutty. Finishes somewhat bitter with tones of smoked malt that linger. Moderate carbonation, medium body, and a sightly oily mouthfeel. Mildly astringent finish. A tasty, drinkable, and richly flavored beer.
vyvvy (4623) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma has cocoa, piny hops, roasted malt, earthiness, mild coffee and a bit of cream - well balanced and nice. It has a medium crisp body with a nice amount of carbonation. The flavor starts off with earthy / piny / grapefruit hops, dry dark chocolate and bitter roastiness. The finish is dry, woody, hoppy and has a lot of character to it. Very nicely done.