jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JUN 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brownish/black with tan head. Aroma of piney hops. Taste of hops and chocolate. Nice combo that is not expected. Medium mouthfeel. This is very good.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark brown color with okay head and good lacing. Aroma was lots of pine and citrus hops, as it warmed could smell the caramel malts. Flavor was much the same with the lots of hops that pushed out the chocolate that should have been there. Good brew, doesn’t fit the label though.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bomber into snifter. Very sold light tan head already starting to lace after a few minutes of letting the head settle a bit. Very beautiful dark brown color with a touch of ruby. Aroma is incredible, dark hot chocolate and floral hops combination - seriously delicious smells. Pretty much exactly the way I would describe the flavor. These are sips to savor - subtle roasted quality on the palate, nice and bold but not overpowering with a great warming quality.
screigh (494) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a bit darker than cola. Almost to the point you can’t see through it. Nice sized white head with small bubbles. Slight malty aroma with a bit of chocolate. Amazing flavor, tastes like a mild chocolate stout and and IPA mixed together with nothing out of place. A sweetness, a roastyness, some chocolate, hop bitterness and hop flavor. One of the best purchases I have picked up in quite awhile.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with a fluffy head. The head eventually fades away, but still a very good looking beer. Has a sweet/malt but subtle smoke/roast aroma. A fairly pungent beer. Very sweet flavor with a wonderful roast flavor as well. This reminds me of Port Brewings Old Viscosity - an american strong ale? Good flavors. I thought this was a porter at first. Nice creamy palate (as seems to be the case with all Southern Tier beers). Beers opens up to have a lot of malt sweetness with a bold roast flavor. Pretty good brew, but for me it is a little too sweet. I think I have just had too many ales lately. I might need to cut back to the pale lagers for the time being.
smcolw (567) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark brown color, nearly black; a minimal amount of light will shine through. Great lace (chunky and ringlike after each sip). The head starts off well and seems to hold its shape at the end
Smells like a dark brown ale with a generous amount of hops tossed in. Well balanced with a light chocolate malt aroma mixed in.
Chocolate, cocoa, cream, hops all blended together in beer frappe (thick body, low carbonation). The aftertaste is bitter and lasts for at least fifteen seconds.
Here is a cross between a brown ale and a Double IPA. Delicious and worth seeking out.
Narnad (1486) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from a 22 oz bottle very dark brown with a thin, filmy off white head. Aroma is a strong citrus and alcohol mixture, light pine notes later along with a mix of caramel and black malts. Flavor begins with a citrus and pine hops bite, moves into a melding with the black malt and finishes with a light raisin and light nutty flavor with a sharp alcohol ending. Beer feels pretty thin with very fine carbonation. Overall the hops was very noticeable but the thinner feeling of the beer seems to offset the overall balance of the beer making it a one time beer in my mind.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. Pour is cola brown with a small ring of off white head. Aromas of piney hops, grapefruit, and a hint of caramel. Flavor is full of roasted malts, coco, piney hops, and finishing sweet. Interesting brew and very drinkable.
TheBeerGod (5462) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Opaque, murky dark brown. Short tan head. Aroma is strong citrusy hops, hop resins, soft nuttiness, and dark roasted malt. Taste is strong citrus fruit, resinous hops, pine, light malt notes, soft toffee and cocoa. Body is bitter, oily and medium-full. Carbonation is moderate and rather bubbly on the tongue. Lots of citrusy hops during the finish along with light herbal/mint notes, roasted malt, cocoa, and pine. Basically Un*Earthly with dark malts.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber courtesy of swolf. Sweet nose and some roasty malts. Black body with tan head. Flavor has a deep roasted nut and roasted grain to it. Also some chocolate notes. Only thing that resembles an ipa is the dry bitters of the alcohol and that is left on the palate. Intriging brew glad I was able to try it.