kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Date: October 27, 2007
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: solid dark brown, frothy beige head, drippy bits of lace
Aroma: rich dark caramel and chocolate aroma with lots of citrus and earthy hops
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice sweetness from a dark caramel character enrichens the chocolate, lots of earthy and citrus hops balances the sweetness, long lasting bitterness
Overall: the rich chocolate and citrus make an unusualy but very tasty combination
Date: March 18, 2010
Appearance: close your eyes and the pine and citrus make for a big IPA, open them to reveal an opaque dark brown ale
Aroma: big pine and citrus aroma, touch of chocolate
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor with lots of citrus and a touch of peppery alcohol
Overall: still a unique take at a black IIPA
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Adenila (1558) - DENMARK - NOV 25, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 A double IPA with a dark brown look, nice with something different! The dark brown look is caused by some amount of roasted malts challengin the usual strong hobby notes of grape and pine, by giving the nose a sleightly toasted/burned touch, kinda like a schwarzbeer. At first the roastyness isnt felt at all in the flavor, just a powerfull overwhelming bitterness backed up by some honney like sweetness. Just as it should be! The roasted malts are tasted in the finish, and definetly makes this beer one of the most interesting double IPA’s i’ve had. Good one.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 bottle.....pours darkey than your average barleywine or DIIPA or whatever this may be. also a very thick fluffy light brown head.....nose of light pine and floral hops accented by some malt.....flavors of caramel which then evolve to some chewy pine hops that add a bit of bitterness to the mix.
hopdog (9990) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1pt .9oz bottle. Poured a dark and muddy amberish / brownish color with a huge, huge sized tan head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, pine, earthy, tobacco, and toffee. Tastes of caramel, some dark fruits, nutty, citrus, and tobacco. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black without much head but a ring of bubbles around the edge leaves slight lacing on the glass. The aroma is fruity with a fresh hoppy blast up front. The flavor is caramel sweet at first, then makes way for the bitter hop flavors that hit the back of the tongue and linger through the aftertaste. This is easily one of my favorite IPAs.
MadIndian (2614) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capones, sampled with Stegosaurus. Dark brown pour with tan head and good lacing.Caramel\black malt and dark fruit aromas. Sweet malty taste up front with a bitter dry finish. Good blend, good brew. NOGNE0 impresses me every time !! The cerimonial humping of the bottle was done.
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 A dark brown pour that is oddly dark with a tan head and lace. A nose of hard dry fruit. A flavor of roasted malt with a nice malt/hoppy bitter. Solid palate carbonation is smooth and creamy. A very good offering.
rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown, almost black. Tense tan head with a few frothy bubbles in the mix. Nose is piney hop, light chocolate, grape pop, rich malt. Odd but good. Flavor is caramelized malt, rich fruits are swallowed by a strong bitterness. Richness returns but is tempered by crisp bitterness.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle says "Barleywine Style Ale". Dark brown with monster whipped creamy non- dissipating head. Strong orange aroma. Flavor is strong, strong hops, dark chocolate, bitter. Some pepper and spices, orange peel, light citrus and vegetable compost. Bitter bite dominates. Some alcohol and black licorice. Thick and syrupy, full and rich. Heavy. Interesting beer. Almost too rich, concentrated, and out of whack but worth a try.
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a huge, foamy beige head. Copious amounts of lacing.
Smell: The aroma is a blending of freshly-peeled citrus fruits and burnt chocolate cookies.
Taste: Double Fudge cookies with a reasonable sweetness that blends into an oven-roasted fruitiness and the taste of creosote-soaked citrus hops. A mild smokiness appears midway, as does the taste of hearty nine-grain bread. Finishes dry and bitter with an extra helping of roast.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: An interesting, unique hrbid beer for sure with plenty to offer and begs (if not requires) to be sipped.