jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Popped the top and I new I was in for a treat when hop smell filled the room. Truly awesome black iipa. The first black iipa I’ve sampled. Like a porter blended with dreadnaught. Awesome!
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a tan head over a very dark brown body. Aroma of light hops, chocolate and brown sugar. Taste is hops, sugary, ashy and brown sugar. Light bubbles and a syrupy mouthfeel. Hops were a bit lacking for my taste.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Body-very dark brown, almost opaque. Nose-medium hops, medium alcohol, light tea, low sweetness, weed, leather, rye. Very nice.
17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown with a small bubbly off-white head. Very green aroma, dirty earthy hops, piney, floral, touch of banana and molasses. Flavor is quite odd, smokey banana, burnt sugars, green dirty floral hops, ashy, some chocolate. Medium bodied with nice medium carbonation. A little strange.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor. Opaque black with medium, creamy beige head. Sweet fruit aroma, slight chocolate, roast, light hops, mostly fruity yeastiness. Sweet, roast, light hops, young, alc, yeast. Medium body with light carbonation. Sweet, seems underattenuated and has a young hop flavor. Interesting though.
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a crazy beer. Looks like a stout, smells like an IPA, tastes like an american barley wine. Black appearance with a small off white head that leaves lace. Smell is all hops, flowery and piney. Flavor is mostly a caramel sweet malt, with a little bit of hop biterness and some alcohol heat. Chewy mouthfeel with a bitter finish. I give it extra points for originality.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
this beer is truly a see saw of flavors and aromas. schitzophrenic in nature, it swings wildly between porter characteristics: chocolate notes, opaque apperance -- and that of an overly hopped strong american ale, with resiny aromas of pine that nearly pucker the palate with its bitterness. as i cracked the bottle, i put my nose to its neck and got an aroma of straight hops. upon the first pour, it had already flipped to some java notes. the touch of willamette hops marry perfectly with the roast. some elements near smoke or even wood. southern tier specializes in big beers, but this is one of the greatest examples of that ’style’ by them or anyone else. deep in complexities, this is a near masterpiece.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, along with caramel and chocolate malt. Flavor is great. Nice blend of citrus hops with smokey malt. Really good stuff.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful, transparent black, almost cola like, with a thin, light tan head and great lacing. aroma is amazing. huge floral and citrus hops that come through almost spicy with notes of ginger, grapefruit, and spruce backed by subtle scents of roast, smoke, coffee, and dark fruit. flavor is also delicious definitely one of a kind. big, slightly candied, citrus hops up with a lovely floral and herbal touch at mid swallow give way to flavors of mild roast coffee, caramel, and maybe a hint of chocolate. finish is hoppy and bitter initially but then leaves a roasted, nutty flavor on the toungue. mouthfeel is smooth, slightly sticky, with medium carbonation and just the slightest hint of alcohol. overall, a damn good and very interesting brew.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is citrus hops, which is surprising for such a dark beer. There’s also some faint caramel and chocolate malt with a hint of bitter coffee. Flavor is unique, for sure, again combining the citrus and pine from the hops with the chocolate, caramel, and bitter coffee from the malts. Hints of licorice and a mineral earthiness are also evident. Finish is rather dry with lingering hop bitterness. Medium/full bodied with light fizz. A nice, interesting brew.