cfrancis (2024) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with a light beige velvet top. Aroma is rich roasted malts with a snap of citrus hops. Taste is smooth roasted malts with citrus hop bitterness. Interesting combination, not sure if I like it.
edgallow (1455) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle pours reddish brown with a off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, spice and grains . Taste is chocolate, malts and spice.
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mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Too sweet and oily. Sam Adams is starting to become a parody of itself with all of these gimmicky beers. Indeed, the whole craft beer industry needs a good Saturday Night Live skit skewering the ridiculous mess the business has become.
umich03jm (1333) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pours dark ruby red with a small foamy head that quickly fades. Aroma is faint but nice. Roasted malt, slightly burnt. Citrus and caramel also. Taste is mildly sweet and mildly bitter. Very roasty and burnt with lots of citrus hops and some spiciness too. A bit boring but not bad. Medium body, carbonation is a little foamy in the mouth. Overall, a decent beer but I won’t buy again. Many better black IPA’s.
bigbish (479) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a beautiful black color, nice thick tan head. Hoppy, almost citrus aroma. Great flavor. Lots of roasted malts, burnt notes, with a good bitterness. Great beer.
Ed5388 (1262) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thick inch and a half of off white head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, and a hint of pine. Taste is light sweet chocolate, roasted malt, pine, with a light bitter finish for an ipa.
ICEatALAMO (785) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The aroma is faint hops with some malt. The taste is solid. A very good blend of hops and maltiness.
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BigHonkey (1) - Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reminds me of Edmund Fitzgerald, but with a kick. Smooth and easy to drink.
badpuppy69 (144) - orange, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2013 Pours a dark amber Brown with thick tan pillowy head great lacing on the glass. Aroma black licorice hoppy with some dark fruit notes figs and dark chocolate and roasted malt Carmel. Taste follows the nose perfect with a medium smooth mouth feel. Awesome beer!!
allfreej (540) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with coppery highlights. Dense light tan head.
Aroma is grassy hops and caramel maltiness. A little bit of cattiness in the hop aroma.
Flavor is rich caramel, chocolate, and treacle toffee balanced by a delicate bitter hop finish. Balance is excellent between sweet and bitter. Little to no hint of alcohol though the beer is quite strong.
Rich full mouthfeel. Medium-high level of carbonation. Bitter aftertaste without astringency.
Rich, satisfying beer. The alcohol is well concealed in this extremely well balanced offering from Sam Adams. A roasty malt backbone with a nicely bitter hop balance. Excellent.
---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.