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 ístyleí 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. Thereís 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.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with no head. Aroma is coffee and citrus hops. Taste is the same plus a little chocolate and soda. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Syrupy mouth feel with low carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable - in fact, I didnít realize how fast I drank this one. Very good beer.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from lilbeerdoctor, thanks Margaret. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is interesting, hops sure, but also sorta bitter coffee, maybe iím just crazy tonight. Taste is more like iíd expect, sweet and hoppy, and nicely balanced.
Drake (8779) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark ruby tinted red with a large offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is huge resin and pine hop notes with a bit of caramel. Taste is earthy, herbal citrus hops with a fair amount of toffee. Medium bodied.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is very floral with hints of grapefruit and earthy hops. Light underlying roast and dark malt sweetness. Pours like a cola with a nice bubbly beige head and good lacing. Grainy dark malt flavors, touch of sweetness, mildly bitter earthy floral hops with just a slight hint of citrus, and then more grainy sweetness. In the finish is a mix of flavors that linger: earth, floral hops, dark malt and some alcohol and a bit of licorice. A touch of alcohol warmth. Lots of flavors, but to me not a lot of cohesion. By no means bad, but just not harmonious for me.