GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at pizza boy. Clear cola ruby pour. Weaker foam. Nose is fennel, cardamom pod, licorice, moderate piney hops, fresh spruce, mild barbecue. Taste is quite bitter, massive dry bitter wood, Pumpernickel bread, pine needles, mild smoke. Intense. Palate a tad mealy but probably a palate fatigue issue.
PhillyCraft (5469) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at brewpub with some heads, pours deep black with light head, and not much lacing. Notes are smoke, peat, dark chocolate, cascade, rich wood, and rauch like flavors. Medium to fuller bodied. Good for what it is, just not my style.
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden.
A - Pours pitch dark black with a nice one finger tall off white head leaving small streaks of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of smokey dark roasted malt and dulled grassy hops. The smoke makes this one a bit one dimensional at times. For the amount of hops they put in this I was expecting a lot more.
T - This one is packing a TON of smokey malt from start to finish. The hops are only faintly there, only really shining for small flashes before the smoke comes back to finish them off. Finish is dry, lingering on the palate long after the finish.
M - Big, smokey body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smokey, slightly bitter feel with some light dryness toward the end of each sip.
O - That Tanger smoked malt has clearly done its job, it really dominates every aspect of this beer. At times it lets you get some of the hops and you can see what this wanted to be, then the smoke comes back and you are reminded of what it became. A nice smoked beer but not a black IPA anymore.
Beerathon (1682) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very interesting brew. Roasted malts and hops all rolled up into one and then add some smokiness. Good stuff.
Travlr (20853) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source. Very dark brown color, small beige head. Aroma of coffee grounds and burnt toast. Taste is smooth roasted coffee and chocolate at first, then ashes and campfire. Holy cow! Very creative.