ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks Ughsmash! - Pours a dk brown with a red tint and very little off white head...aroma is hop resin forward, with some dark malt and pit fruit...flavour is similar, with a juniper-like hop presence, grapefruit and dry malt, bit of toast as well, lingering char bitterness with a touch of smoke...interesting brew...
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark ruby color with thin off white head. Aroma is roasted malts, some light cocoa powder, fruit notes, earthy and resinous hops. Taste has some citrus, roasted malt, some light bitter cocoa notes. Easily approachable and drinkable and alcohol was well hidden. Still, not a big fan of this. Itís good, donít get me wrong, but for $8 there are plenty of other hoppy options for me.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Really black pour with a beige head. Aroma of citrus resinous hops, lightly roasted malts, mild fruit. Taste roasted with plenty of big hoppy flavors to accompany. Citrus and pine notes are both there. A very interesting and complex brew. I really liked. Finish is little bitter and little warming. Body is not huge, but is pretty full and balanced. A nice brew.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THanks for sharing, bro! Pours a rich caramel color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is caramel malts, molasses, candied sugar, resinous hops, and an almost chocolate type aroma. Taste is almost like an Altbier. Caramel malts, resinous hops, and an almost Barley-Wine style.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. Fairly translucent black pour, with a whitish head. Roast malt aromas on top of some earthy pine. Taste-Roasted malt and nut like characteristics combined with some sweet malt, light pine, red fruit and citrus. Not a real heavy brew, with nice carbonation. Very drinkable, alcohol is non-existant.
Very interesting blend of IPA characteristics and porter/schwarz. One of the more unique brews out there and a good one on top of that. Just donít come in with any expectations.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brownish black with clear ruby edges and an off-white head - looks somewhat like a Schwarzbier. Medium intensity aroma has a mixture of piney citrusy PacNW hops, caramel and a tinge of mocha. For 9% abv, this is very very drinkable. Flavor starts with a sweet malty caramel base, a touch of biscuit, light unroasty chocolate, then a prominent hop presence flavor-wise. The bitterness, however, is more sudued than you would think. This ends on a sweet malty note. Medium bodied on the palate with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Sort of like a doppelbock/ipa hybrid. Not amazing but enjoyable.
emacgee (4299) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks oldgrowth for sharing. Pours a dark brown that allows some light and a thin light tan head. The nose is hoppy, citrusy, fresh, resinous, sticks with the typical Southern Tier hop profile which Iím not a huge fan of. Resinous hoppy flavor, grapefruit rind, oily, some dark roast and chocolate. Nice dark hoppy beer just not my kind of hops.
Indra (2693) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle. Piney, floral, citric aroma, lightly sweet and roasty with notes of grapefruit, peppery spice and mocha. Brown-black color with dark mahogany highlights and a foamy, tan head with very nice lacing. Flavor is an interesting blend of roasty, gently sweet, dark chocolate malts, citric, spicy, earthy hop flavors, substantial bitterness and the lurking alcohol in the background. Finishes fairly dry, hoppy and pungent with a lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is substantial and not overly carbonated, body is pleasantly full. Very nice, not nearly as menacing as the packaging would imply.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2009
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber. Dark, dark brown pour with a brown white head, small to medium, with some staying power. Nose wasnít much, but I did start it a bit too cold. I got some citrus, not a lot else. Flavor is quite nice, and fairly complex. Good toasty chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, but well balanced with a citrusy hop flavor. Good solid mouthfeel, not too syrupy, not too thin. Quite a nice beer.
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Visiting the taphouse bar and grill in norfolk. Sister to the one in hampton. Met the bartender who was kewl and found out he just was in austin a couple of week before hand. Tried this on tap, do not remember seeing it in STís lineup.
The appearance is blackish with a nich fine creamy head.
The nose. Dang this is straight up bad ass. Hops, hops, and some maltyiness comes through.
The miuthfeel is creamy, nice hop presence that is not to overbearing and finishes with that nice hoppy/malty balance.
If its as good as this in the bottle then I want some.
I feel it could benefit from some cellaring. This is due to some boozyness in the mouthfeel
Overall a very fine beer that will sneak up on ya
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-18-2009 03:35:49