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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3201) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alassio (86) - USA - FEB 2, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Thanks to GhostFace for this one. Cheers, Neal! Pours an amber-orange with an off-white head. Nose is sweet malt almost like an amber, belgian fruity yeast, and some pine sap. Flavor is similar- lots of sweet malt with some Belgian yeast and bits of pine. Medium in body for a barleywine and nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (2099) - Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle - small tan foamy head, very deep amber/almost black color, sweet and roasty malty aroma and flavor, good size hop balance, dark fruity notes, fairly complex - pretty good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2012
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arkurzynski (2244) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2012
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.

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