ClarkVV (5781) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 12/31/13, drunk on 2/1/14
Bottle conditioned pour produces a compact, charred-tan head that recedes to cover, leaving plentiful lace atop a dark mahogany body, moderately high clarity.
Yep, smells like Maine Beer Co hop profile; fresh, fruity hops show off cherry, candied orange, lychee and ruby red grapefruit. The dark malts mask some of the strong resin/alcohol burn, but are surprisingly very masked themselves, showing off only a bit of chocolate graham cracker like maltiness. Medium strength of aroma, still some alcohol vapors that I get with all of their beers. Really like the fresh, leafy hop acids.
Subdued on the dark malts, just as in the nose, with just a light, pleasant tobacco dryness and light pruniness. Base malt sweetness is well-attenuated and comforting on the palate, aided by the light but engaging carbonation. The amarillo hops are delicious, adding the fresh, green, lush citrus hoppiness, while the simcoes are a bit overbearing in their brash bitterness but add their characteristic cherry-melon-like "sweetness" and plenty of acidity. The cascade and centennial combine and keep the finish very citrusy, somewhat piney and somewhat more resinous than I prefer. As with most of their beers, they come off very aggressive, assertive and somewhat overdone with the combination of alcohol and acidity. Nonetheless, the quality that goes in to the actual brewing is bursting forth, even if the recipes don’t really suit my tastes.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl, at 7.2%Vol, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, thx to tderoeck!, complex bitter brew, fruity/bitter and slightly roasted/woody, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew
PhillyCraft (5745) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Frank and Barry. Pours dark brown with light to medium head, good lacing. Aromas are tropical hops, roasty dark malt, light chocolate, pine. Taste is peanuts, citrus hops, char, minerals. Nice beer but more "another one" would have been a better idea. Roasty malts are just played, make it a hoppy porter or just stick to dank pales and single ipas.
ben4321 (5688) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013
Location: Bottle at Cornerstone (Ogunquit), 7/11/13, Rating # 3050!
Aroma: The nose is chocolate and coffee, with pine hops, and roast
Appearance: A dark brown color, with a heavy light brown head, and lots of lace
Flavor: This one has a big roasted and hoppy flavor
Palate: The body is medium-plus, with a creamy, smooth feel, and a dry finish
I thought this one was one heck of a Black IPA. As is a surprise to no one, Maine nailed a hoppy style once more.
reebtogi (5682) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle pours almost black in color with a light beige head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine and grapefruit with hints of chocolate and roasted notes. Taste is a roasted grain and citrus bitterness with pine and a chocolate malty sweetness. Well balanced and very tasty. Recommended.
VastActiv (5667) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Fool’s Gold, New York. Colour is black with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Very enjoyable and soft.
obguthr (5644) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cocoa, rubber, grapefruit peel nose. Black, thick beige head, godd retention and lacing. Charred oak and grass flavor. Full body, not viscous. Very soft carbonation with char bitterness. Solid IDA.
kaser (5637) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour from bottle. Huge chocolate and cocoa taste. Coffee too. Smooth but still a pretty hoppy beer. Really enjoyable
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very pretty opaque black with a lasting lacy thick brown foam. Aroma is quite chocolaty, light roasty notes, characteristic Maine Beer Co hopping, grapefruit. Taste is an intense shot of bitter dark chocolate and hops, but both flavors are rather well equaled and present something more like a generously hopped stout than a darkened IPA. Palate is creamy and satisfying. Good.
dmac (5589) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle purchased atSpirits Point. Poured a black medium body under an average sized to larger foamy dark beige head. Aroma is very solid, notes of chocolate, roasted citrus fruit, pine, brown bread. Palate is solid, with a medium body, aversge carbonation and slightly syrupy. Flavor of chocolate syrup, citrus, roasty, burnt toast, roasted nut shells, dry pine needles. Good stuff.