hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (dregs)… RBWG ‘10… Dark brown ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The bouquet is reserved - I get chocolate, but not a boatload of hops. Medium-bodied and raspy with mostly expired carbonation. Chocolaty flavor with medium to heavy charred bitterness. Finishes very bitter and way dry. Bottle courtesy of kp!
DocLock (9876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. First off, I love these waxed bombers, and the periwinkle blue wax on this, coupled with the great blue/black label design, makes this one of the better looking bombers I’ve ever seen. The pour is jet black, thich, with 1-finger of well retained and creamy tan head. Definite 5 for look here. Nose is heavy roasty chocolate and patent malts, creamy lactose, substantial resiny hops. Tastes very malty, very rich and blackstrap molasses-like, almost to the cloying point. The resiny hops are there, making this an Alpha Klaus clone of sorts. Well hidden alcohol, and the palate thins out a bit late. Still, this one was pretty good.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle with wax, shared with Robby. Black color. Thin light brown greyish head. Good lace. Nice light smoother carbonation. Good chocolate roasty aroma, bit of molasses. Light bitter taste. Unbelievable for 9.5%, no taste of alcohol, and drinks like 7%. Great roasty chocolate aftertaste. Great black IPA.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Max and Jess’s place. Pours a hazy brown with a thin beige head. Roast and sweet chocolate, touches of bitterness and a hint of a vegetal aroma. Sweet, vegetal vanilla, roast and chocolate. Roasty, chocolate, and cocoa bitterness.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown-black pour. The aroma is earthy and a litte bit spicy with a lot of chocolate through the middle. Softly hoppy and a bit of peppery character. Okay - but not terribly punchy.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep red/brown with off white head, aroma is big zesty lemon and orange hops. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, orange up front leading into some smoky and bitter finish. Good version of a dark IPA, much more IPA than dark, but tasty.
alexsdad06 (8917) - Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade. Pours a clear dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is a nice blend of hops and malts: roasted malt, cocoa , citrus, and hints of pine resin. The flavor has a dark roasted malt base, with bittersweet chocolate, hints of black coffee and an overall mild sweetness. The hops provide moderate bitterness with citrus and pine standing out. The finishes is dry with more roasted malt. Medium bodied and somewhat smooth mouthfeel.
douglas88 (8336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (please no more wax dipping IPAs even the black variety). Pours a dark mahogany color with a nice creamy beige head, actually a great thick head. The aroma is sweet toasted malts, caramel, pine. The flavor is very much a porter not much of a IPA; caramel, toasted malts, milky coffee, light nutty notes, yes there is some citrus and bitterness in the finish. Not too bad, but this is not really much of a CDA.
blipp (8030) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Max’s tasting. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Malty sweet aroma with grassy hops. The flavor has sweet malts, grassy hops, and just a hint of vegentables. Decent.
SudsMcDuff (7976) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle as shown .. dark brown .. mild foam .. burnt hops .. light in all facets, needs work .. . I can count how many times I used a condom on one hand. The answer is ’zero.’ You put them on your penis, not your hand.