BigFatOgre (13) - Lincoln, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found this surprisingly good. A nice dark brew with a thick fragrant head and a lot of lacing.
puboflyons (2143) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 12 fl. oz., bottle. The pour is quite nice with its dark brown to near black color. Lingering off-white head. Really fresh aroma with an good fruit hop character as well as a clean malt note. Licorice. The body is medium. The taste has a kind of malted licorice thing going on but generally smooth.,
drfabulous (3991) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Black. Fruity ester IPA taste. Malty with chocolate and black IPA roast. Light body. Decent.
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I teased the brewer about his use of Sorachi Ace hops in a Cascadian Ale, but I actually like the mix. Great hop aroma and flavor. Roasted malts give a dry flavor and aftertaste.
beerbill (3407) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draught at Malt in Newport, RI. Arrived a very deep brown, just about black, with a thin creamy tan head that lasted through the second sip and left a full sheet of foam with each sip. Pleasant but mild aroma of pine and malt and not much else. The flavor is malt followed by a solid dose of mostly flavorless bitterness. Dry, bitter finish. Disappointing.
kermis (5061) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF 2013. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of toffee, fudge, vanilla, fruity hops and malt. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ GABF 13. Pours a clear dark brown beer with a medium sized beige head on top. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, citrus and nuts. Flavour is very sweet, malty and herbal, big hops present in the back of the flavor. Nice find.
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample as part of a flight at Mew’s Tavern on 7/3/13. Clear reddish brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, roast and grassy hops. Malty and roasty flavor with grapefruit and pine hops to the finish.
jkwood04 (3946) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a bulb. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark malts plus some floral and light resiny/citrusy hops. Flavor the same, with an interesting blend, but not perfect. Average texture. Not bad but could be better.
Scrapersnbeer (1481) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chinook vs. Sorachi Ace...a battle where everyone wins. In truth this beer smells a whole lot more like lactic burnt coffee than any hop. It looks like flat Coca Cola. Bitter front, but mainly a sweet, burnt out malt flavor predominates. More over, this beer is extremely smooth and only has a touch of finishing bite. If meant to be ’extreme’ this beer fails, though it is highly satisfying as an everyday offering. The problem with this style as a whole is a lack of cohesion, since the contradictions are part of the design.