vtafro (2794) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, and draft. Black pour with some light tan head. Light roasted notes accompany a grassy and pine like hop flavor. Nice dark ipa, not so thick that you would think its a hopped up stout.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark black with some crimson highlights under a large tanned beige head. Some nice coffee roast and a bit of pungent earthy hops on the nose. Medium bodied, slightly odd sharp tastes in here, slightly roasty and a bit of hops but really just empty in the middle. Finishes up with some slight roast and a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Not really impressed.
thornecb (4291) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black into a shaker. Off-white head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Dark caramel and resin aromas. Sweet and sour pumpernickel upfront turning citrusy in the lasting roasty finish.
TheGB (499) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at BeerRun. A nice black color with little head. Light aroma of hops and a little malt. Nice smooth with a good balance to it.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the mountain bar at Smuggler’s Notch VT. Deep black color with white head that did not last. Good punch of citrus and slight grass hops. The taste was at first bitter with citrus but that dark musky malt and chocolate just slipped in for a nice finish. Pretty good example of what is becoming an ever more loved style for me.
jredmond (5200) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Rattle n Hum sampled with Andrew. Pours a stouty red body with small head. Aroma is light slightly floral and roasty. Mouthfeel is medium, well balanced - with notes of floral hops.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at RnH. My 1500th rating. Dark brown with a tannish head. Spicy florals and choco toasty malts. A step up for otter
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Commercial Taphouse. Otter Creek is one of those brewers whose standard line up I don’t care for, but every now and then they do a special release that really is quite nice. This is one of those times. Poured a black, brown at edges, slight white head. Aroma is a pleasant mix of roasted malt, slight caramel, and then citrus accented hops, good balance. This was a fairly light to medium bodied beer, the roast notes intermingling perfectly with grapefruit, apricot, and pine accented hops. Really nice.
Sregnar35 (952) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Mahars. Pours black with no head. Aroma is stinging hops. Flavor is like a homemade beer, oxygenated hops with bit of a stale aftertaste. Not terrible but not great.
auerbrau (3146) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Sinamar/carafa nose, with bunch-pine hops nose. Yawn, this still is getting worn out. There’s no variation on it. German roast malt with C-hops at a just under IPA gravity. Plus, it’s another one of those beers where you can hide lack of finesse. This one is too sweet and there isn’t enough roast nor hops to make up for it. Fine with food, trendy, and somehow already like a vajazzle, uninteresting for most of us that don’t read People magazine.