sic1314 (3468) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured deep dark brown with a beige froth. Aroma of vinous fruit, coffee grinds and ashtray. Medium body, lively, flavour is much as the aroma, less bitter than expected.
miyauchi38 (271) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reynolds314 (2362) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good stout. SOme nice smooth roastyness is accented by a good herbal and grassy hop bite. Smooth and easy drinking without being too bland.
Ernesto987 (3776) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tasted blind. This one was good and roasty, unfortunately had a big disjointed sharpness. Not bad overall.
Christpuncher (1245) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really easy drinking stout Bitter and a strong flavor of coffee. Pours a dark brown almost black smells like coffee. Had this in a bomber at home.
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rxeight (1366) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok tap at beer market. Very hoppy. Chocolate and pine. This is more black IPA than stout. Good stuff
superspak (2693) - Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/12/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice hoppy aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Slight pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pineapple, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and well balanced hop and roasted malt flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice American stout style. All around good balance and robustness of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle dated Nov 1 2012, received Aug 2013. Got about 13 months on this baby. Nearly pitch black, dark cola hues, moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing. Dusty nose of pale milk chocolate, hops, and even softer roasted malts. Dusty and ashy up front, pale roast, very old chocolate, with an aftertaste that really reminds me of caviar, cod caviar to be exact. Great on rustic bread, but in a beer, somewhat odd. They call this a Black IPA, I don’t get much hops. Does have a slight pasture aspect that I wish it didn’t have. Almost a fresh cut grass aspect at times. An odd duck for sure. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Very stale chocolate on the exit, slight pasture, weak hops, with a touch of caviar. Could be the age on this one, 13 months from bottling date... At least those that wait on this now know what to expect ey? Seems like a Foreign stout aged witih a Dry stout at times.   Thanks Kevin for the bottle.
Niko100 (2015) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium to heavy slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, & dark chocolate; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, coffee, some hops, and dark chocolate; Nicely balanced; Solid stout.
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL shared at Congregation Azusa. Pours black with red highlights. Weak foam. Nose is hoppy black IPA style with dank hops, roast, tar, meat, olive. Taste is dusty, ashy moving to some buttery chocolate, hazelnut, slick dairy, coffee with creamer. Strange, maybe some diacetyl is in there but taken over by hop content.