JoeMcPhee (8167) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very deep dark black beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is pretty awesome. Big bright citrus aroma. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple and a fairly sweet rich malty nose as well.. The nose is fairly simple with just a suggestion of sweet toasted malt. I do get loads of rich bright hops and as it begins to warm up, the deeper cocoa and molasses notes begin to pop up from the back. Flavour has a lovely balance of sweet bright citrus, tropical fruit, mango and chewy molasses maltiness. I can’t say I get a whole lot of roastiness, but there is a deep sweet chocolate character. This is the best of the these new dark IPAs I’ve come across. Sublime, really.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy mahogany body with a small off-white head. Aroma of black malts, citrus, floral, nuts and dustiness. Flavor of molasses, hops (grass, floral), and caramel malt.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009-05-02. Black body with a modest foamy khaki head. (3+) Aroma is mild overall but has pleasant hop presentation, mild muted sweet dark malt base. (7+) Flavour is hoppy up front with a rich sweet malt middle and a long lingering hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Sweetness of the flavour grows significantly as the glass warms up. (7+) Smooth average plus bodied palate. (3+) Pleasant. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo. Shared by DuctTape.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep, dark brown color with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, some caramel, citrus, and toffee malts. Taste of caramel, pine, citrus fruits, grapefruit, and a dry, bitter, yet lightly alcoholic finish. Thanks to John for sharing in the lots on Friday.
adrian910ss (2274) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Capones. Pours a dark mahogany cola with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of malt and faint hops. Taste of light pine, malt, chocolate and citrus. Alcohol detected in aftertaste.
jeremytoni (2889) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured black with a very small head. Sweet malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured almost black with a beige head. aroma of dark roast, alcohol, fruity notes, and hops. flavor of dark roast, alcohol and hops.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. - Black, light tan creamy head. Roasty pine and grilled grapefruit aromas rest on undercurrents of cola from start to finish Soft sweet roasty notes mingle with bitter citric and pine flavors throughout. Rounds with a slightly burnt aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Really enjoying the rise of the black IPA. This one is no exception as it turns out to be another Southern Tier winner...
GMCC2181 (1490) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SL. Poured into a snifter, black in color not much head. Nice hoppy aroma. Taste is nice and hoppy. Malty, chocolate, lots of roasted malts but some how the hops shine through. Very interesting. Sort of like blend between DFH Indian Brown Ale and a hoppy beer. Texture is average and so is the carbonation level. Another good beer by ST. Also the alcohol is well hidden. Overall good brew.
LilBeerDoctor (3296) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, cappucino coffee, and light roasted malt. Flavor is sweet initially with a roasted malt/coffee finish. More on the brown ale side than the IPA side I think, but an interesting blend. A little sweet too. But I liked it overall.