RyanK (272) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle serving: Pours a deep black with a foamy brown head. Light shows through the dark brew and plenty of carbonation is visible. Smells of pine hops and maybe some cascade hops as well with roasted malt. Tastes of hops and descent carbonation, hops are strong at first but subside to just make a very drinkable black IPA. It is 8.2% abv and the hops and roasted malt balance it out. Finishes with the bitter, roasted malt taste and leaves some carbonation on the tongue. Solidly very good.
scarletfire65 (1307) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted at NYC Craft Beer Festival. Great nose of vanilla, floral hops, green herbs. Flavor was a let down compared to the nose. Roasty, bitter, astringent acidic. High carbo and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor was harsh overall.
sonnycheeba (4870) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with thin creamy, beige head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, sugar, caramel malt, earthy hops, and licorice. Flavor is sweet malt forward with medium hops and dark fruit esters; dry, semi-sweet finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black body with tan head. Smells weird. I don’t know if that’s the organicness of this beer. Just a mouthful of organic randomness.
tia (1620) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very dark with foamy mocha head and decent lacing. Medicinal aroma plus butter plus sweet. Tastes lightly roasty plus a very clean dry bitterness and a bit of astringency. Very light with a fairly long dry finish.
TheBeerGod (5914) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black pour with a short tan head. Roasted malt, burnt caramel and hops in the nose. Pine seems the dominant hoppiness. Taste is pine, roasted malt, coffee, burnt caramel and floral hops. Body is medium with a slight oily feel and a dense bubbly carbonation. Ends with more pine, roasted malt, coffee notes and floral hops.
Drake (11500) - 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 (11004) - 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 (4959) - 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 (5415) - 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.