drowland (5715) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/11/12. GTMW. Dark brown pour with a nice enough khaki head. Plenty of hop notes on the aroma - floral and citrusy - with roasted malts, chocolate, and maybe a dash of tea. More of a black IPA aspect to the flavor as well - hoppy with roasted malts, etc. I was really hoping for more of a chai aspect, but it just wasn’t there enough for me. Besides that, it was tasty.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Short’s. Deep opaque brown/black body, thin cream head. Nose of chai; spicy and bitter with lots of anise. Spicy body with strong anise, slick and oily. Good heft and mouthfeel.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour on tap at GTMW 2012 (Madison, WI). Pours a rich blackish pour, near opaque, touch of glow, with frothy light brown head. Decent ring laces ok. Aromas are black tea, black malts, a touch roasty, with some cocoa, dry floral and citrusy hops. Initial is dry and more black IPA, dry florals and touches of grapefruit, medium hopping up front moving into some mellow sweet and darker malts, bigger dry finish offers life. Black and earthy tea, bigger hops. Unique take on a Black IPA, tasty hops and good flavors. More toasty and cocoa laced nose as the hops really come into play fairly strong in the beer itself. Nice.