grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown rather than ’black’ this is a dence malty ale with malt charicters of caramel, chocolate, coffee and toffee to cut against this it has lively grassy, menthol and citrus fresh hop notes and clean but not overwelming bitterness.
JaBier (4395) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle purchased at Jungle Jim’s. Clear red/copper pour with a thick tan head. Grainy malt nose with grassy hop and some dark malts. Grassy hop and grainy malt flavor with a bitter baking cocoa finish. Decent, but probably better fresh.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the Publick House in SF. Brown with a small head. Piney, spicy, resinous hop aroma with some burnt caramel. Bitter and pithy with some dark burnt caramel flavors and moderate sweetness. Medium bodied. Interesting and not really what I think of as black ipa, but alrght stuff.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours mahogany with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt, some sweet citrus, spicy. Tastes spicy, some earthy notes, chocolatey, butter, peppery.
AmEricanbrew (5512) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy mahogany color/ rich tan head. Mild dark bread, chocolate, soap aromas. smooth medium body. Good chocolate, medium roast malt flavors, nicely bitter finish. The 1990’s version of MM was way more hoppy than this one.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear brownish red topped by a one finger beige head that reduces to a thick ring and leaves nice lacing. Smells of citrus hops, wood, spices and toasted malt. Starts out malty and bitter with a strong oak flavor. Pine needles, vanilla, oak, caramel and a little bit of spice finish out the flavor. Fairly bitter over all. Extremely solid and drinkable ale with lots of robust character and an assertive hop bitterness.
fraternie (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very malty with notes of banana, butterscotch and potpourri with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Very floral and lightly hopped.
rocbyter (1854) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
strong malt aroma with some milk mixed in. Hazy amber color with a small white head. Sweet beginning that gets malty and hoppy in the middle fading in the finish. Sticky palate.
Fred82 (2091) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle thanks to presario shared with friends at a tasting.
Aroma : Hoppy, sweet caramel, malt, dry peaches.
Taste : Hoppy, quite resinous and quite fruity. Dry peaches. Finish resinous and hoppy. Notes of passion fruits.
Overall : Quite hoppy and resinous. I like the hoppy profile but I’m not sure about the sweetness. Enjoyable brew !
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had the chance to have this on tap at The Stable in St. Louis. Really nice to try a unique style from Rogue here in Missouri. Dangerously drinkable, malty, roasty, beer. Very Good...