nearbeer (4053) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml. 2013 vintage. Black with a thick spongy foam that slowly settles to a lasting eighth inch. Nose is dark toffee with notes of molasses, chocolate, resin, citrus, cherry and plum. Flavors of dark caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, resin, orange, and dark fruits. Light-medium body is watery with a light astringency from the evergreen in the finish. At first had too much fizz for me, but shows a nice balance and drinkability. With possibly up to a year in the bottle, the hops have certainly diminished a bit, but they’re still noticeable. At this age, it tastes like a "session" version of Bigfoot and there’s not a thing wrong with that.
patrick767 (3717) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - Pours near black with a one finger tan head. The aroma is mainly of resinous, piney hops. It tastes moderately bitter with soft carbonation and subdued roast malt. It’s medium to full bodied with pleasantly lingering bitterness.
koleminer20 (921) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. The pour is a dark dark brown/light black with solid presences of garnet around the edges. There is a decent light khaki head that falls down to a film, leaving a lightly spotty lace. The aroma is lightly roasty with a nice light caramel body to it. On the back end there is a little more of a light hoppiness and citrus presence. It's surprisingly light and doesn't carry a dominating presence. The flavor is similar. There is a good roasty, hoppy character, but then it falls off in a hurry. The mouth feel is really thin. There is a light carbonation, followed up by a lightly bitter roasty aftertaste that also vanishes quickly. Not very impressed
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UnsofistaCat (239) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad. I swear there is a slight taste of cola. Nose has pretty delicious, bready sniff. I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of black IPA.
zvikar (3962) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks troubles.Pours brown to black with a beige head, aroma of hops, marmalade, orange, chocolate and tangerine, flavor is bitter with grapefruit skin, pomelo, medium bodied, tasty
kerenmk (3089) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks troubles. Black, opaque, with tan head. Coffee beans, roasted potatoes aroma, bitter, coke and roast taste, smooth, medium-bodied, carbonated, roasty finish.
tomer (2081) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At a tasting, small creamy head,very dark brown almost black colour, aroma of bread and grain with soy,nuts and a touch of barnyard, strong roasted flavour with dark bread, burned sugar and a touch of citrus with a pleasant long lasting bitterness. Nice but nothing more.
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks troubles. Dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma of piney hops, a bit stale, a bit of roastiness and chocolate notes. Flavor has light sweetness, mild roastiness, piney and resinous hops, slightly stale, and a finish with strong bitterness. Medium-bodied.
gschrade (805) - Collinsville, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours black with a tan head. Taste roasted malt, citrus, bitter. I thought this was good. I would drink this again.
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ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FROM NOTES: July 22, ’12
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a tulip glass.
A: Citrus and pine and some sweet and slightly roasty malt notes.
A: Pours a deep garnet with a thin cap of tan head, quickly receding to a thin film that lasts for the duration and leaves thick swaths of lacing in the glass.
T: Light roasted malts up front with faint whispers of chocolate to balance out the malt. Followed by floral hops that counter balance the malt flavor. Hints of bready malts toward the middle of the beer. Chocoalte malts come back with light roast notes toward the end. Piney hops give a nice crisp hop bite in this beer. Alcohol is light and clean tasting in the ending.
P: On the thinner side of medium with good carbonation.
O: As a fan of New Holland, I was totally pumped up to try this beer, maybe a little to pumped up. It wasn’t bad, by any means, but I felt un-impressed by the beer. I’ve heard that potential is wasted talent, and that seems a bit harsh, but this beer clearly has a lot more potential than it expresses.