auerbrau (3199) - 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. I’ve been avoiding most of Sam Adam’s 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 isn’t exactly subtle on the tongue. Faded hops, caramel, warming alcohol. Definitely a unique beer, I’m far from convinced of the concept though.
Not too smooth going down... I can’t say that I’ll be looking for this one again in the future.
maxwelldeux (4219) - 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 (8318) - 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 (6070) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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 beer’s sweet finish is the only thing that doesn’t 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.
jandd1983 (3313) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured an amber/brown color with a beige head. The aroma was of roasted malt, some grapefruit, pine and chocolate. The taste was of roasted malt, pine, caramel, light peat, and citrus.
scarletfire65 (1193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown with a big mocha head, leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is oranges, chocolate, toasted malt. Full bodied and viscous. Tastes of bitter chocolate, citrus, stale coffee, pine, corn, slight metallic feel on the finish. The hop profile comes through surprisingly well. Well made and complex, but quite a bit going on here and I’m not totally digging it.
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful deep brown with ruby highlights, topped off with a huge frothy off-white head. Big hoppy aroma dominated by juicy orange and pineapple. Some chocolate and espresso notes. More IPA than Porter in the taste. Lots of tropical fruits, orange and pineapple. Roasted malts and chocolate sneak up later in the mouth. Really nice. One of the best from Sam Adams.