Travlr (19528) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Clear deep dark brown color, beige head. Nice aroma of bright citrus, pine on a roasty background. Taste is very fruity roast, and the combo works.
bhensonb (13517) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewpub. Nice hoppy aroma - seems resiny. Opaque blackish color with a decent dark tan head. The flavor is bright hop - kiwi -citrus - pine. Maybe it is mostly citrus? Definitely not grapefruit. The afterflavor seems kiwi, almost strawberry. The malt is very darkly toasted. There is a light sweetness, but the finish is dry, and that fruity, hoppy bitter carries on and on. Thre’s flat lacing as the glass empties. After awhile that old Guinness toast flavor accumulates to offset the hop a bit. The flavors shift with time. My tongue was strongly stimulated on the top service. Wonderful stuff.
Ratman197 (12556) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, charcoal, fruittiness, light dark roast coffee and a hint of smoke. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, licorice, bakers cocoa and light coffee with a crisp dry lingering roasty finish.
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours an opaque dark brown (near black) body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, light char, grapefruit, and pine. Flavor of roasted malt, char, grass, and citrus with a dry, bitter finish.
Dogbrick (10714) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. Pours brownish-black with a medium beige head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and hops. Medium body with flavors of biscuit malt, herbal hops and a bit of chocolate. The finish is charred malt up front and leaves a short hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.
slowrunner77 (8994) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pretty solid example of an aba. very well balanced between the floral hops, roasty goodness, chocolate, and bitterness. this beer was well received all around, looks, tastes, and smelled good."
marcus (8597) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Corti Bros. Pours jet black with a rich tan head and a citrus and treacle aroma. There is a complex flavor with elements of molasses, nutty dark malt and a piny hop finish. Interesting and tasty.
bb (7986) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Blackish beer witha brown head. Malt and grapefruit aroma with light chocolate and dust. Grapefruit and pine lingers with malt and light chocolate. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light chocolate and light dirt.
Ibrew2or3 (7919) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber pours dark mahogany with an inch tall densely cobweby mocha colored head. The aroma offers up a pleasing mix of pine hops, dank earthy hops and spicy hops. This has a promising start. The taste, luckily, is similar with dank to pine to spicy earthy hop goodness where there’s slivers of citrus like hops in there somewhere too. This has nice rich flavors with loads of bitter hops and plenty of flavor hops as well as a mild degree of malt roastiness to balance it out a tad. Excellent stuff.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours with a roasty black body and a thick light brown, creamy head. Good lace left on the glass. Aromas of pine, citrus (orange essence), baked bread, roast, coffee grounds, espresso. Maybe a bit too much roast (We will see). Flavor is at first, big, acrid, roasty, acidic roasted malts. Next sip still has the acidic and acrid character but adds some roast and bitterness (maybe some citrus hops). Final impression is still outwardly acidic dark roast. Really acrid. Light citrus character. Oppressive bitterness which is mainly from the roast. Not super pleasant. Medium bubbles. Roasty finish. Not my favorite beer of this style by a long shot. At this point its kind of a mess.