Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse Charlottesville, VA. Pours clear very dark brown appearing near black in the glass. Large creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big pine and resin hops with a faint bit of roastiness. The taste is big bitter hops, pine, resin, herbal with a roasted malt and burnt sugar finish. Medium bodied. Decent.
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle. Dark brown with a smaller sized off white head. Buttered popcorn. Tastes of stale hops, roast, and some coffee. Just something off overall on this one.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, diacetyl, light citrus, and light pine, and malt.
Poured very dark brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, molasses, brown sugar, pine, resin, light coffee, slight diacetyl, and some wood. Medium body. Slightly viscous, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, pine, diacetyl, resin, brown sugar, molasses finish is dry. 8.2%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
obguthr (4419) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2012
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Light butterscotch nose. Cola brown, thin tan head. Soy sauce and slightly rancid meat flavor. Butterscotch and char appear toward the end. Malty bitterness. Does not compete favorably in a style with so many stellar examples.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(sample at the 2012 Boston Beer Summit Winter Jubilee) black with brown head. Roast malt and citrus.
PorterPounder (6032) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Fermentation Market - 12 oz bottle. Deep, dark black pour, thick mocha head with nice thick lacing. Aroma has a definite spruce profile, nice and hoppy. Flavor is earthy and bold with some pronounced citrus grapefruit notes, nice bitterness, a hint of fresh licorice and black dirt. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Overall, a solid black IPA - especially for an organic one.
GJF (1348) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is an interesting beer with a lot going for it, tons of roast malts, beautiful pitch black pour, but the body seemed really rough to me, chewy but not in a good way. Not quite sure what, but it didn’t really come together for me.
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-pours black with a milkshake tight rich brown head. Aroma is sweet resin, roasty dark malt/oat. Taste is roasty/ashy-dark malt, biting pine hops. Quick, thinning finish.
popkow (299) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, small tan head above black body. Aroma of roast and a hint of caramel. Taste is medium sweet with a bitter finish. Medium body, low carbonation.
LilBeerDoctor (3512) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma of buttery popcorn and sweet roasted malt. Flavor is initially light citrus with a hint of buttery popcorn but finishes with smooth roasted malt, some charred malt notes, then sweet citrus hops in the finish. Certainly slightly flawed, but drinkable. I’ve had other Peak Organic beers with this same problem, unfortunately, because they have a lot of potential.