VertBaconStrips (2163) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More stout goodness. Black. Bubbles. Dark tan. messy. sticky. The big ass citrus has died off a bit, mostly being paved over by Deep roast, coffee and oatmeal yumminess. Chocolate, orange and some funky fruits that keep this unique in spots yet keep me on edge as I find citrus and coffee distracting. Interesting flavour spin with the massive coffee and hop blend. Damn thick flavour.. amazingly thick. This beast is chewy - itís the only way to consume it - grind it up into tiny gelatinous globs and enjoy. The bitterness is huge - seems to come from every front - coffee, chocolate and massive hops. Oatmeal, unsweetened grapefruit - hard to really pin point these with the deluge of malt fists clubbing me into submission. The coffee harshness is almost taking over but the sweetness of the oatmeal is attempting to put up a fight. I will supply them with bananas to defend themselves. Getting more wobbly here.... Thick brew, huge roast and bitter finish. Yea, this kills a lot of beers cause itís massive but at the same time, as usual, the coffee doesnít quite work for me. The burning nose burp was eye watering. This new Nevermore album is decent. This is a good beer but.. yea... yea
TBone (13816) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (BB 03/2012)
Thanks tdtm82! Dark opaque black color, small brown head. Coffeish, hayish hoppy aroma. Medium-bodied. Coffeish, toasted malty with cocoa and fresh hops thrown into it. Long lingering bitterness with roasted malts. Black IPA it is!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle purchased at wlv. refridgerated and consumed on 3/20... pours a medium bodied dark stouty pour, predominantly opaque, and topped with a frothy light khaki head that quickly recedes leaving a soapy residue around the edges... aroma of bitter dark chocolate and a blast of piney/citrusy hops which reminds me somewhat of nightstalker. a little roast and coffee lingering into the mix as well. nice assertive hoppiness and overall combination of scents... flavors deviate very little from the aroma. bitter dark chocolate, roasted grain, and coffee mesh with robust citrus and piney hoppiness while also contributing a mild degree of bitterness on the backkend. a bitter citrus rind finish lingers for the duration and then some. iím thinking this is pretty over the top and could use some sweetness but i do generally enjoy this one. thin to medium body, leaving a little bit of earth and chalkiness on the palate. carbonation is present and active but not overly so. dang is this thing bitter. a cold hop black iced coffee.
Scopey (8789) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to tdtm82. It pours very dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose is caramel, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla and pine. It tastes of liquorice, charcoal, wood, burnt toast, rich-roast coffee, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, hazelnut, marshmallow, sesame seed and soy sauce. Itís full-bodied, oily, complex and just damn tasty.
tdtm82 (1108) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2015 Bottle, shared with Evin; Reakt, Scopey, Sim, Mes, T-Bone, Stuart @ The Kernel. Thanks to My Brewery Tap.
Mocha lacing, opaque black but redding out,, fantastic hoppy notes with huge simcoe and columbus hops on aroma, coffee, choc, cream, hazlenut, vanilla, taste is coffee roasted malt, mint choc, cream, oily, bitter, just damn good work
------ = 5th May 2015
Descent baige lacing. Chocolate and coffee on aroma. Leather and vanilla. Taste is us hops, some bitterness, nice dry hopping but not ott. A really good example of a mild but nothing else. 7/3/6/3 = WOW what a difference!!! Sorry Mikkel but this was nowhere near as good as the first batch.
Brix (647) - DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 2011-03-20. Pours dark brown (almost black) with grey/brown head. Aroma is very powerful. Dominated by coffee and hops. The hops kind of tickles the nose. Taste is more coffee than hops. Strong bitterness thatís well rounded and reminds me more of coffee than of hops. Very tasty all the way around.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This shit rocks. Tons of espresso and piney hops, great bitterness, fantastic chocolate, coffee beans, not too sweet, nice cream and sugar effect, great body, nicely attenuated with sparkling carbonation. A winner for sure!
emacgee (4360) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black with some light coming through. One finger of creamy light tan head. Nose shows the hop character for sure, sweet citrus rind and super green hops. Not much of the Beer Geek coming through. Too much bitterness for me, the hops on top of the dark grain and coffee is just too much. Way muddled and kind of astringent. Full bodied with a lasting bite.
wyzzywyz22 (2094) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Olbutikken, Copenhagen. Shared with JoeT in Manc. Poured jet black with a healthy looking tan head and some good laceage. Fantastic nose of piney hop goodness, roasted coffee and dark choc. The flavour didnít disappoint either as all of the above elements came together in a superb medley that was a pleasure to drink. The heavyweight hop bitterness works a treat and this is excellent stuff I need to get more of.
suprchunk (2577) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gusher! Opened the bottle and watched as a volcano of dark brown came pouring out. Got it into the glass and a huge head of dark tan laid on top of a dark opaque brown almost black.
Hoppy! Hops on top of chocolate. Hops on top of maltiness. A sweet smell, almost caramel. Itís hard to smell anything else over the big hops.
Floral, grapefruit, roasty. It is much like an IIPA with some roasted malts thrown in. Very different, but very good.
Big carbonation tones down the thickness that would be present otherwise. The hops stick to the mouth with the sweet malty nectar.
Very drinkable in not so big quantities. The hops would tire the tongue if I drank more than a bottle of this in a session.