jcartamdg (1591) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours jet black with a big off white head. Aroma of malt, roast and slightly muted hops. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, roast and bitter hops. Very bitter, roasty. Not easy to drink.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml served in a DFH IPA glass
A - Pours black with brown hued edges, a thick 2 fingered head stands tall and frothy. The glass stays coated with mocha lacing and the head shows impressive retention.
S - Roasted malt, leafy green hops, brown bread crust, peppery, toasted rye
T - Sweet roasted malts, creamy chocolate at first then turns slightly scorched, some citrus lurking underneath sharp rye grains, the roast is mild at first but grows along with the rye, and leafy green hops. It’s like all the components come together and build growing stronger toward the finish, ultimately choking out all sweetness. Finishes dry with a spicy citrus bitterness.
M - Medium/heavy weight with a fuller body, moderate carbonation, creamy, Lots of hop resin left on the aftertaste.
Great stuff here. I tried to sip it but I found my self drinking this like a session beer. It’s a big transition beer from start to finish. Great showcasing of the rye as well. I really enjoyed this brew and will definitely buy again.
Serving type: bottle
Ratman197 (8828) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, rye, bakers cocoa, pine, earthiness and light grapefruit zest. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, rye, pine and light grapefruit zest with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.
umich03jm (1484) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle thanks to soonerchamps. Pours black with a big fluffy head that fades slowly and leaves chunky, soapy lacing. Aromas are licorice, dark bread, musty grass, pine, and black rice. Taste is very grainy with lots of licorice and a fairly strong bitterness. Good fresh grass and pine hop taste as well. Huge spicy rye finish that lingers very long with the pine as well. Very cool and unique beer. I don’t think I’ve had anything like it. Highly recommend giving it a try.
deyholla (5842) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces. Aroma has a good amount of dark grains and rye with a hint of grassy hops underlying. Flavor starts with dark grains and light roast then grows with notes of grass and rye.
Bricktop86 (502) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is citrus pine and slight coffee. Taste is citrus and pine hops up front and strong roasty coffee on the finish
RobertDale (2832) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roast, pine, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, pine, spice, grain, and coffee. Aging would be good.
lumpsowers (287) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, big fluffy head. Hoppy roasty aroma. Lots of resinous hops with a bit of coffee and roast. Tasty.
gururyan (541) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had high expectations after Roughtail’s super awesome DIPA, Hoptometrist. This time they’re giving us an "Imperial Black Rye Ale" called Split Decision. Looks intimidating, but washes the palette in hoppy, malty goodness. Not my favorite style, but my favorite within. Nice change to pair with the cold front that rolled in. Firing up some piñon and football to pair.