matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle From Jon, thx Jon! Shared with jsprime. Black with a tan head. Muddled aroma, malts and hops clash rather then compliment. The flavour is in balance but is not big enough. Hides the alcohol well. This beer is fine but I’m not rushing out for more
Sammy (8092) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bar Hop. Hits the style, biased towards roasty beer with some mineral hops. Interesting. Above average carbonation and body.
pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Imbibe – this is a dark brown-black ale with a 3 finger puffy off white cap that has a viscous mouth feel. Aroma is very roasty with a healthy pine-citrus hop tone and, yes, there is a minty note created from the hop-yeast ester combo. The flavour has big roasty-toasty malts assault the palate, hops balance with a resinous piney flare – complexity mid palate with some Spearmint, smoke, citrus peel, tobacco, roast walnut – then it goes to a rich viscous roasty-piney finish.
Every once in a while a local crafter produces a unique twist on a style that just lights up your palate – Malevolent is that type of brew. I like the cascade style (so called “black IPA”) and this take on it had everything just click right. Great brew, I hope it becomes available all year round.
solidfunk (2992) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some kind of interesting mintiness in this. Sits in the balance between pine and toasty malt. Pours black with a little lacing and initial small head. Smells very hippy with some smoke as well. Consistency a little on the syrupy side, bit this beer is very well balanced. There is also some muskiness in this. Booze is well hidden. Tap at volos.
Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, aroma is nice and hoppy. I got some grassy and pineyness. The flavour was nice and hoppy, a good roastiness and a bit of coffee. Lots a flavour, it does pack a punch. Nice offering