maslupulos (39) - North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper pour with ample tan head. Aroma of citrus and pine with underlying notes of roasted grain and coffee. Really bitter hop upfront that gives way to a creamy finish. There are melding tastes of sweet and bitter; dark chocolate, biscuity grains, caramel, citrus, pine. The taste is all over the place, but comes together well. Good beer, but I still haven’t warmed up too much to the black IPAs.
asheft (2447) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle from Bier Cellar]
Potent hops aroma with pine and then grapefruit peel and then some tropical Amarillo-esque note in front of faint coffee and dark toast. Opaque black with ruddy brown highlights under a persistent, light brown cover and lace. Hops flavour and then assertive bitterness up front in the taste followed by subtle dark chocolate. Pine, grapefruit peel, apricot, faint tropical fruits. Not quite smooth, not quite crisp feel, medium to light body moderate carbonation.
screigh (423) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep black. Huge fluffy tan head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is slightly roasty. A roasty porter taste with more bitterness in the finish.
solidfunk (3022) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some hops, some roast. Pours cloudy dark brown with good head and lacing. Comes together pretty well. Finishes bitter and roasty. Well balanced. Some citrus as well. Tap at DC Beer festival.
ScipioA (213) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out black with a small tan head, but with some weird floaties in there. Woodsy and pine aromas, I’d almost swear they had some smoked malts in here. On the tongue it’s stout but with a very pronounced bitter/charred flavor. Nice mouth feel, smooth body but with lively carbonation. Overall ok interpretation of the style, more IPA in the aroma and stout in the flavor.
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Single bottle, Total Wine. Very dark brown with a long-lasting, foamy tan head. Good blend of mats and citrus on the nose - slightly more citrus/grass than chocolate. Flavor is the opposite - more chocolate/dried fruit than hops, although still closely balanced. Big hoppy finish. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very good example of the style.
JHeath99 (497) - - APR 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a dark opaque brown with a thick layer of light tan head. Aroma of hops intermingled with roasted malts. Taste almost exactly the same as the nose but the malts taste almost burned and linger.
mikeq215 (47) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Smell is wood and roasted malt. Flavor is medium hoppyness and roasted malt, which gives a lot of bitterness. Medium body, dry finish.
TheHopster (749) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours dark brown with thick, lasting and creamy tan head. Woodsy aroma of pine, roasted malt and yeast. The flavor is piney hops balanced with toasty malt. Big rings of glass lacing with each sip. Long finish. Well crafted.
r464 (1789) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark toast and malt, char and a fairly bitter hops through the finish. Long and lingering aftertaste. Punchy.
strongpieman (1390) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a tall tan head. Roasted malt aroma, medium body, plenty of bitterness. Well rounded complex beer.