jefcon (1376) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black in the glass with a creamy half inch of head and some ruby red around the edges. Aromas are orange peel and sweet, with a dry malt component. Lots of alcohol up front, slightly dry on the finish. Some tart hops, cherry, long chickory finish. I expected a little more richness from the beer, and less of a sticky, alcohol-intense experience. Though the hops here are delicious, this is one of those cases where I can’t see how more alcohol improves the flavors.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and piney hops. Flavor is very hoppy and bitter with roasted malts and wood.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep mahogany pour with a small fluffy off-white head. Strong aroma of sweet fruity esters, mocha, pine, and some lactic vanilla notes. Flavor is sweet and creamy upfront with lactic sugar and vanilla that quickly give way to a creamy bitterness mid-palate through the finish. Lots of piny wood notes, and an overall earthiness. Palate is medium bodied, and somewhat creamy, but with an almost stinging bitterness from the hops and alcohol. Well balanced and very easy drinking
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head with some lacing and mahogany color. Aroma is citrus/mango-sweet, some pine, hint of medium malt. Taste is bitter citrus-orange/lemon peel, mango hops, secondary dark malt-ashy/licorice-dusty/musty/plastic/ house yeast. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for sharing.
pistolpete (203) - USA - MAY 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle... pours an espresso black, with a tan head... some nice fruit along with the coffee and roasted malts... another great one from southern tier....
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
With only one or two exceptions, every Southern Tier beer I’ve tried has been exceptional, and I believe I’ve tried most of them. And this one is no different.
Body of this beer is black, but not impenetrable. I read somewhere else comparing its color to cola, and I think that’s right. Head was light tan and fairly abundant. Aroma is distinctly hoppy and floral, which is a little different for a dark-colored beer. But if you closed your eyes and smelled t his beer, you would think you were sniffing an APA. There was also some light toffee-malt notes. Flavor was more of the same - a bit of toffee, lots of hops, and a good amount of roastiness on the back end. This is not a challenging beer to drink - quite the opposite. I would say it is "big" based on the variety of flavors involved here, not necessarily on the intensity of these flavors (reading here that this beer is 9% ABV is a surprise to me). Quite good and highly recommended.
I bought this bottle at Blacklick Liquor on Broad Street a few weeks ago.
BroSpud (1679) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tasting at a beerfest [Disclaimer: This was tasted along with many, many other beers during a tasting at Julios. Some of the details are a little hazy]. Well done.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of GMCC2181 – thanks G-Diddy! Pours a deep dark mahogany with a 2 finger light tan head that results in nice lacing. The nose is dark malts with citrus and floral hops. The taste is roasted malt, ripe citrus, toffee and some light resin in the finish. Medium, semi-creamy mouthfeel. Decent brew – thanks again G to the MCC!
Braudog (5627) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz’er. A deep, dark pour, this surprises with a light hoppy aroma, reminiscent of an American IPA. But this drinks much larger -- full of syrupy, sappy resin -- an underlying IPA-ishness resides here, but this also fills the palate with a thick body, and a bit of thick chocolate syrup. wow. (#3535, 5/13/2009)
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, resin, light citrus, slight toasting, and slight caramel. Poured very dark brown in color with a small, creamy, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, black malts, slight caramel, hop resin, slight chocolate, resin, and a hint of citrus. Medium to full body. Viscous, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Hop, pine, resin, and slight chocolate malt finish is lightly sticky and slightly dry. 9%ABV is undetectable.