auerbrau (2952) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Prime 16 - New Haven, CT. Aroma is a green, bristly raw hop resin on the catty side. The palate is a clash of the titans, dark brown malts against a rough, coarse hoppiness. I’m not digging the hop profile and the malt profile gets buried by it. Dry.
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
28th February 2013
Cheers again to Leighton for the New England haul. Murky chocolate brown beer, little pale cream coloured head. Light palate, softish and dry. Mellow coffee cream with good bitter pine hops. Touch of citrus. Mild malt cream. Softish finish with mild bitter linger. Good stuff, refreshing and drinkable.
Scopey (3239) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #581 of 828, thanks to Leighton. It pours hazy dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is caramel, pine, earth, faint sulphur (which fades away), fresh pine, burnt toast, pleasant sweetness and raisin. The taste s roasted malt, ash, toast, earth, burnt earth, nut, light spice, coffee grinds and salted liquorice with a bitter finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Good depth of flavour and balance. A well-rounded beer.
jackl (2547) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s. #581/828. Cheers to Leighton for sourcing this Smuttynose whale. The pour’s deep brown with a thick khaki head. The aroma’s burnt toast, bitter chocolate bar, nice oily hop bitterness. Hints of red berry and caramel sweetness. The taste is more of the same. Lightly charred malt, toasty profile. Really nice rich earthy bitterness. This is well balanced by sweet chocolate orange dessert. Hints of espresso, cream. Full body, soft carbonation. Pleasingly dry bitter finish. Overall, a really nice beer. Impressive.
Leighton (6921) - London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 581/828 at Bruce’s, London. Pours brown with a creamy, tan head. Lots of dark pine and floral hops on the nose, some burnt toast. Medium sweet flavor, lovely juicy pine, strong roast, ripe grapefruit, orange, dirt and earth. Medium to full bodied with moderate, massaging carbonation. Good and resinous to finish, sturdy roast, dark toast, mild warmth, burnt grass, lasting pine and grapefruit. Really nice stuff.
j12601 (5609) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Blind Tiger with Andy. Pours a hazed dirty brown with a thin tan beige head. Big earthy hops on the nose. Big roast, cocoa earthy chocolate, cocoa, earthy bitterness. Long roast and cocoa. Lingering bitterness. Toasty and strong.
puzzl (3172) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Big, beefy hop nose ass-kicking bitterness and pie crust, perhaps. Tastes more like a black IPA than regular ipa, which I guess isn’t surprising. Fairly uncomplex but fun.
Slipstream (1775) - USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Pony Bar. It is a brown IPA - bready and fairly sweet, with a reasonable amount of hops and some cookie dough. The aroma is sweet and hoppy. I think it is more a brown APA than a black IPA, but whatever it is, it is good.
keanex (785) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Pour House.
Appearance: Black body with a thick tan creamy head, great retention with good lacing.
Aroma: Lots of hops of pine, citrus, and tropical aromas with cocoa backing.
Taste: Sweet malts and cocoa with light roasted flavors with a pine bitterness that’s moderately assertive.
Palate: Medium carbonation, oily texture, medium carbonation.
Overall: This is an excellent hopped up brown ale. I would love to drink this again.
GT2 (5657) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at CK. Pours a deep, near black maroon with a big, tan, rocky foam. Awesome dank nose. Great retention. Nose is jackfruit, durian, peppercorn, lemon cake, vanilla, chunk cookie. Really nice chocolate cake aroma. Taste is bitter, dense bitter chocolate cake, some excellent sweet cookie, mild bitterness. Not aggressive. Decadent, clearly hoppy, clean body. Really good. Chocolate mousse finish. Loved it.
swoopjones (4201) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at bier abbey, durty brown pour. Big nutty aroma, biscuity, brown sugar with a big piney hop nose. Nutty flavor, mild chocolate, bready and big bitterness. Slight hop induced throat burn. Nice flavorful and hoppy brown