madvike (2539) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Dark cola color with a thin off-white head. Molasses, caramel, dark chocolate and lots of herbal hops. A bit spicy. Kind of reminded me of Nemesis ’10. Lots of herbal, spicy hops in the taste, with lots of pumpernickel bread malt and a spicy yeast finish. Smooth as heck, with a pretty full body. Not too bad, but not really my style.
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle. Didn’t know what to expect as I haven’t had a beer quite in this style. Smells sweet, a little nutty, and mild piney hops. Looks deep brown with a tight bubbled tan head with leaves clumpy lacing on the glass. Tastes slightly nutty, decent initial hopping adds a dryness on the back of the palate, overall sweet in character with notes of caramel and candied sugar. Good beer, glad I found it.
alassio (70) - USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an unusually ’tight ’ "black" beer compared to lusher, maltier BIPA’s. The hops kick in with a tree-bark bite, but then it gets interesting with a lasting sour bite at the back of the mouth. This beer will kind of have you sitting bolt upright in your chair and your eyes may bulge a bit, but when you pay a premium for exotic numbers like this one, it is an essential aspect of the experience.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Deep cola, large frothy pale beige head, very nice lacing. Roasty hoppiness on the nose, somewhat bright. A bit of citrus peel as well. Similar on the tongue, a bit astringent. A little rough on the finish, sweet citrusy peel, a bit candyish, also some roasted malts. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. A bit of alcohol on the exit, minor, witih a little roasted astringency, hoppiness, and sweet citrus peel.   Thanks to Skyview for the bottle!
arkurzynski (1373) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with red hues, tons of soft, off-white head and good lacing. Light cocoa, skunky hops, and Belgian candy gives this beer a bit of an odd aroma. Flavor is a bit better with refined roast malt, light molasses/caramel, and finishing with some moderate, almost citrus, hop flavor. Pretty dry, almost taking away from the finish. Some lingering candy/faint roast. Ok mouthfeel, but Belgian yeast steals some of the maltiness. Pretty smooth, perfectly carbonated. Pieces are there, but choppy.
emacgee (3797) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a viscous dark brown that sits near black in the glass. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Nose is slightly toasted and chocolaty with a forward malt character and herbal hop character. Slightly earthy. Metallic acidic dark grain character. Sharp and astringent.