ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed 3/1/13. 16 oz can poured into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a rather attractive three finger mocha shade featuring excellent texturing. The lacing this leaves behind is very impressive, as well.
S: The can didnít lie about this having a strong influence of piny hops. While a backbone of chocolate, coffee, and molasses hides underneath, the level of hoppiness is almost overpowering for the style.
T: At first, itís a bit chocolaty and sweet...and the the hops descend like a hammer. Okay, so the hop profile isnít that bold, but the main problem is that the stout base canít hold up to it. Waves of black pepper, pine, herbs, and mint wash over everything in the midtaste, before finally giving the dark malts *slight* breathing room in the finish. Not very balanced at all, but at least the acidic nature of the hop/dark malt clash is kept in check somewhat.
M: Thin and lacking in creaminess. Itís dry much in the same way an IPA is dry. So not only does this taste like a IPA (with a bit of chocolate), this also drinks like an IPA.
O: Meh. Itís rare when a hoppy stout/porter works for me, especially when it requires hard work to discover the darker characteristics of it. This one is so average it hurts - but on the positive side, the can is really damn nice looking.
KoRoBeNiKi (63) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can, as well as tap, Tap was slightly better
Appearance: black with a tan head, a bit more of a head on tap (either that or I suck at pouring)
Aroma: Light sweetness, some rich dark chocolate, light bitterness, caramel
Flavor: Some bitterness from the chocolate balanced out nicely with caramel, excellent
Palate: Semi-refreshing, a bit of sweetness and a TINY hint of alcohol
My favorite beer by them I have had, which is odd since I tend to not love Stouts.
mrol (41) - - MAY 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a tan head and some lacing. Aroma is roasty, a little bit of pine hops. Taste is malty roasty and hoppy.
PrattBrat (30) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and nutty. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and light hops. Light bitter finish. Medium body.
djd07 (5405) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is smoke, caramel, and pine. Medium mouth, nice roast, light smoke, bitter finish, very good.
mar (5004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a cream head. Roasted malts, citrus, chocolate, and coffee. Creamy palate, coffee, hops, very smooth finish, and roasty.
TXBadger (1800) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours almost black with tan head. Very thin on the pour. Roasted malt, some pine, and a bit of caramel on the nose; follows onto the palate. This beer is interesting, but Iím not sure it knows what it wants to be.
Darkmagus82 (1957) - - JUN 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-17-12 -
Poured from can into pint glass
Appearance Ė Pours a deep brown color with a large billowing tan head. The head has large carbonation bubbles entrapped within. It has great retention and once faded gives a very nice level of lacing.
Smell ĖThe aroma is big of dark roasted malts mixed with a pine and earthy hop aroma.
Taste Ė A taste of dry dark malts great the tongue. While alone at first they are quickly meet with bitter hop flavors. The hops are predominantly of a pine flavor with hints of earthiness mixed within. These flavors persist the whole rest of the taste and at the end leave a bitter dry aftertaste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body was very creamy; much creamier then I would have anticipated from the strength and style. Its carbonation was a little on the low side. While the creaminess was nice for the roasty flavors it could have used a tad higher carbonation as it would have quieted some of the bitter hop flavors quite well.
Overall Ė Not really my kind of brew. The roast and hop didnít meld as well as some other dark IPAís and the mouthfeel was a little off for the flavor profile. It was roast and bitter through and through.
screigh (502) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep black with only the slightest ruby highlights when held to a light. Large sticky off-white head with lots of lacing. Thin and almost dry roast smell. Thin mouth feel. Grainy and almost burnt flavor.
annunz123 (921) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate, coffee, nuts, and raisins in the aroma. Flavor starts bittersweet and nutty, with some coffee/chocolate bitterness in a somewhat chalky finish. Pretty good, but not as good as some other beers from sixpoint.
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - MAR 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overall its a nice interpretation of the style, but there was something in the flavor that didnít hit my palate very well. Chalky aftertaste that was off putting. The pour, aroma, and color were all very well done, nothing too extraordinary, but appetizing. Even the flavor for the most part was fine, again, nothing too crazy, but this chalkiness in the aftertaste that became all I could taste, annoying.