GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at PP/SC. Poured near black with gigantic sheety lace everywhere. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, muted citrus hops. Taste is a little lacing- lots of balance brings out little to no character, muted bitterness, some vegetal notes, black olives, mostly bready. Dry palate.
Dogbrick (8683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2010 Sample at the brewpub. Pours black with a brownish tinge around the edges. Medium beige head that lasts awhile. Roasty aroma with grassy hops notes. Medium body with flavors of hops, roasted malt and a bit of citrus. The finish is hoppy with a lingering toasted bread aftertaste. Good brew all around.
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a black body and a tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, cookie, and a bit hoppy. Taste is bitter, dusty, spicy, hoppy, floral. A bit or orange. Dry and bitter.
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Light grapefruit aroma with malt. Light roasty, caramel, darker malt flavor with light chocolate and some grapefruit. Medium body. Light chocolate and caramel lingers with some hops.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"almost as good as Stone’s interpretation of the same style. i like the interplay between the big hops and the dark malts. great balance...highly enjoyable brew."
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is nice and chocolatey with some roast too. Hops are floral and earthy and pretty damn noticeable. The pour is almost black with a nice off white head and sticky lacing. The flavor is a nice fresh burst of floral hops followed by some chocolate and roasted dark malt flavor. This is followed by more hoppy bitterness in the form of floral and earth. Nice lingering hop resins.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at toronado. Black with no head. Roasty orange aroma and taste. Quite good.
JohnnyJ (4553) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’Briens. Quite hoppy, with roasted malt, bread, citrus, pepper, herbal hops, rye, and bitter finish. Really nice, I enjoyed it.
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very distinctive nose, less so for the flavor, but it’s a nice IPA, which is high praise from a malt-head like me. Thanks cquiroga, it was great meeting you. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler left out at Strong Ale 2008, Saturday. This is apparently another of Julians wonderful creations. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Taste is sweet, and rich, big and malty, extremely well balanced tasty black IPA.