kevd193213 (822) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, thick pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, earthy hops and faint bitter chocolate. Medium body with a nice dry finish.
drfabulous (3378) - 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 (722) - 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 (3178) - 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 (3667) - 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 (1788) - 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 (4332) - 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 (2928) - 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 (1246) - 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.
Leighton (8648) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in NH - thanks to Adam. Pours clearish, red-brown with a creamy, beige head. Smells a bit like urinal cake, though not in an entirely bad way, if that’s possible...the aroma also carries notes of toasty brown bread and grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor with earth, lightly burnt grass, some alcohol zing. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly boozy to finish with burnt wood, earth and toasty malts. Beer might be a little tired. So so.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wines & More - Cranston, RI. Aroma glues together sinamar, alcohols, and sorachi ace. There may be a tiny bit of diacetyl leaking through. Flavors replicate the same in a dry, somewhat thin, and relatively warm package. The Sorachi Ace overrides the Chinook as the dominate hop flavor and character. Bitterness waits until the very end of the finish to pop up, staying juicy and minty. There is a slight cola quality to the Sinamar dark malt that takes away from the malt body. Color is not an excuse for lack of malt structure, the biggest flaw of this construction. Hotter than it needs to be. Some nice flavors paired with a confused palate.