Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2012
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Big fluffy Rocky head, dark lager color, translucent. Strong aroma of sweet brown sugar, molasses. Flavor is where it really fails: salty, mushrooms, dirty, sand.
brokensail (15635) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown in color with a khaki head. The aroma is fairly herbal with a fair amount of licorice. Lots of pine in there, too. Quite a bit of molasses sweetness. The flavor is somewhat bitter, but also sticky and sweet. A fair amount of herbal and pine hop flavors. Sweet chocolate, molasses, and licorice dominate the flavor. More of a baltic porter than anything.
musinj6 (496) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown that is translucent, but not hazy. Large head that sticks around leaving prominent lacing. Slight caramel and toasted malt, but can also appreciate a slight bit of coffee notes. Bitter grapefruit and spruce hop flavors are prominent. Medium to strong bitterness. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Long bitter finish. This is the first small batch Sam Adams series Iíve had and Iím impressed.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Some random-ass bottle size. Thanks for sharing, Mark. Iíve been avoiding most of Sam Adamís specialty catalog, because almost anything new they make is a disappoint to me. This one opens with a big oxidized hop nose, to me. I argued with others that this was oxidized to hell and they said it was just Zeus hops. Whatever the case, it smells like dill pickles and a shot of Worcestershire sauce. A muddy mess in my opinion, with oniony hops, a vague dark presence, and some unfortunate yeast products. Also, too sweet.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep, dark ruby with a massive swelling light brown head. Good lacing, good beading, a good looking beer.
Caramely hops, molasses, citrus fruits, muted malt presence.
Alcohol isnít exactly subtle on the tongue. Faded hops, caramel, warming alcohol. Definitely a unique beer, Iím far from convinced of the concept though.
Not too smooth going down... I canít say that Iíll be looking for this one again in the future.
maxwelldeux (4324) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a moderate head to it, this one has a nice bite to it while being a light, but rich, drink.
DuffMan (9283) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Very dark brown with coppery highlights and a long lasting gold-tinged head. Aroma is awesome in that it really conveys the duality of character in this brew. You can truly appreciate the sweet dark malts in equal proportion to the piney hops. Luscious chocolatey and figgy fruit flavours commingle with bitter coniferous hops. Neither overshadows the other. Really terrific balance and delicious flavour elements. Just a great example of what this new (and still controversial) style can offer. Loved it.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle/22oz - Pours a dark black brown in color with a medium light tan head that stuck around to produce some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy of dark malt, piney hops and chocolate. Flavor matches pretty close... medium bitter. Finish has hints of chocolate and lingering bitterness. Good one...
Braudog (6255) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black, trapping any light that attempts to penetrate it. The head is huge, frothy, whipped foam. This drinks with a chalky chocolate edge, topped with an earthy hoppy bite. The aroma matches that profile. The beerís sweet finish is the only thing that doesnít quite fit here. (#4573, 4/22/2012)
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of plum, pine and a hint of chocolate. Pours super dark with a nice bready head. Taste is super malty with a good roasty hop to it. This really shows off how roasty a black IPA can be. Very nice showing from Sam.