bu11zeye (12096) - 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.
phaleslu (7173) - 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 (6119) - Aurora, 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.
Pailhead (5362) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap: The aroma consists of chocolate, maple syrup, light coffee, bourbon, and vanilla. It’s a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head. The flavor starts with chocolate and maple syrup. The finish has some light pine, vanilla, bourbon, and a touch of coffee. It’s medium bodied light-moderate carbonation.
JulienHuxley (3851) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - 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.
rumproasts (3574) - 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.
tectactoe (2925) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2014 Tap: Sludgy, complete darkness with a frothy, tan foam head showing decent retention & leaving a little bit of lacing behind. Aroma has wonderfully smooth, bourbon soaked oak notes meshing with sweet, creamy chocolate. Woody, nutty, rustic, lightly boozy with lots of a vanilla & a little coconut on the back-end. Not much of the original hoppage is present in the aroma. The taste starts with some unexpected dark-fruit sweetness but is quickly followed with lots of chocolate & lots of barrel. Milky cocoa, heavy oak, whiskey, wood, & more creamy vanilla. Hops actually make a comeback on the palate... light ashy bitterness with a hint of citrus pith undertone. Finish of dark fudge cake topped with bourbon maple syrup & wood chips. Delicious. Essentially a hoppy, barrel aged stout.... So tasty!
Marheb (2817) - San Diego, California, USA - 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.
Homer321 (2487) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to mikem409. Nose is immediately a deep, dark, cocoa and just short of roast and coffee, but definitely some deep dark chocolate. A moderately grassy hoppy nose that is more along the lines of a hoppy American stout than a black IPA. Hops seems grassy and piney, not much fruitiness to them. Taste is immediately roasted grain at first, followed by a strong hop bitterness and grassy, almost astringent hop flavor. Not getting much barrel character; not much booziness, but some light drying astringent finish. Not sure if it is the wood or the hops, but seems to detract from the beer. Overall, I was hoping for some more body, but I guess that would make it a stout. Not a great example of a style I don’t really care for, but its not bad in any particular aspect.
Mittenator (1511) - 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.