natejgood (483) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I hadnít seen this other than in a bomber, but my local shop now has it in 12 oz 4 packs. Pours a clear dark brown with a large beige head that goes down slowly. Smells of floral hops with just a hint of sweet malt and molasses. Hops followed by fairly sweet malts and molasses, as would be expected from the aroma. Very easy drinking and just a bit syrupy in the mouth. Just a bit sweeter than I would like, so I think it could use a tad more hops to cut the sweetness. That said, this is a very good beer and itís nice to have it in 12 oz bottles.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz 4 pack.
Dark brown pour with a medium tan head.
aroma is piney hop, lighter citrus, chocolately roasted malt under that.
flavour is a very nice combination of sweet milk chocolate maltiness and piney hop. Nice roasted malt flavour without the astringent burnt quality that I often get. Alcohol is blended in nicely as well. Very drinkable beer.
thegreenrooster (4030) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a black with a large tan head. Aroma is a mix of roasted malts and piney hops. Flavor is a very chocolaty roasted malt with a nice helping of the piney hop. Finish has lots of bitterness and leaves a burnt flavor on the tounge. The 9.5 abv is no where to be found. Decent beeer
brucebruce81 (391) - Wyoming, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is very strong, it looks more like a stout and not much of an ipa flavor in this.
csaso (2117) - Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - small head, very dark brown color, hoppy aroma, very hoppy flavor up front with a mild roast malt flavor at the very end - better than I thought it would be
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nut brown with off white head. nose is citrusy and rich with a roasted barley. on the tongue this beer is medium bodied boasting a layered malt with notes of graham cracker and toast moving to a polyphonic hop burst. Some bold and some subtle but a well arranged blend of resiny, grassy, and orange. Finish is crisp and authoritative. Just a kiss of alcohol to finish it. Good beer.
onceblind (7471) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2011. murky dark brown with a frothy light beige head. Big sticky hop aroma-grapefruit, juicy tropical mango and pineapple, slight chocolate tone. Outstanding hoppy sweet aroma. Juicy hop flavor, sweet chocolate, with an amazing balance between both. Big body with medium booziness, some dark fruit, a ton of citrus, loads of floral hop, but is also very sweet with dark malts. Crazy good.
dnstone (2707) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Piney hoppy aroma. Brown in color with white head. Piney-hoppy flavor...tastes like the mercenary.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Very dark brownish-black with massive light brown head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Pine, grapefruit, coffee, dark chocolate and a floral rose-like aroma.
Taste: Great juxtaposition of pine & grapefruit accented hops and coffee & bittersweet chocolate roasted malts. Ends somewhat bitter, spicy and floral; just generally very well balanced.
Palate: Smooth medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.
Overall: Delicious - great melding of Porter and IPA, imperialized. Would love to have this again - I split the 750 and was jealous of the other 375.
Ibrew2or3 (8206) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged 0.75L bottle pours dark with curtains of dark mahogany and full mocha head. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, faint chocolate malts, grapefruit juice, tart orange peel and a bit of spicy black licorice. The taste begins with a very brief moment of dark roasted malts that gets swallowed up by a mix of bitter grapefruit, tangelo, lime and spicy hoppy black licorice. It picks up a modest level of malt sweetened citrus hop flavor to midway with dark roasted malts and chocolate malts dancing around the edges. The spicy black licorice like notes and bitter citrus do not let up into the finish