phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour at GTMW 2013. Pours a really nice looking deep brown with a small tan head. Vanilla, brown sugar, oak, bourbon, and caramel sit atop dark chocolate, rich roast, and earthy hops. Really unusual juxtaposition. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, bitter, sweet mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Unique. I enjoyed this a lot.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour on tap at GTMW 2013 (Madison, WI). Pours a darker deep blackish brown hue. Firm hazy dark body. Frothy light brown head atop sticks around large, laces well. Aromas are bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Gentle spiciness, some earthy hops, toast and black malts. Initial is medium bodied, a firm barrel but not hot. A bit dry and tannic as we move on. Front is a bit more girthy, oak and some spirit warmth. Cocoa, toast, and gentle dryness. Some dryness, mellow hop presence hits into the backend. A touch warm, dry, and toasty. Some black malt, cocoa, firm barrel. Not too cumbersome, still some decent hop presence. Nice, but not for everyone.
JulienHuxley (2136) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Sarro and crew who very graciously hosted us during the Hill Farmstead 3rd anniversary snowstorm. Opaque black pour, nice brown head. Aroma is more imperial stout like, a bit weird, lots of cinnamon, molasses, licorice. Taste is slightly hoppier, still more stouty than IPA really, pretty good though, lots of bourbon, vanilla notes, bitter hop finish. Tasty.
Marheb (1506) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Bien corsée, torréfaction, peu de houblons pour une ipa mais une agréable balance. Solide.
rumproasts (1842) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at 2013 michigan winter beer fest. near black with small head. intense barrel aged black ipa. well done.
Mittenator (866) - Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at 2013 MBG Winter Beer Festival. Darker, slicker and more aroma than the original.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours a black body with a small brown head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, fudge, wood and grass. Flavor of vanilla, chocolate, grass, caramel, fudge, and light citrus.