riversideAK (5738) - 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.
demitriustown (1118) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is nicely hopped, grapefruit, piney, light coca-cola scent, sweet, and very floral aroma. Appearance is like the aroma. It pours like coca-cola, looks like coca-cola but with a medium sized tan head that lingers. Taste is hop forward, candy but good, sweet again but not too sweet. A really interesting beer to say the least. Palate has a lingering hop aftertaste, quite carbonated mouth feel, and a medicinal taste on the lips and tongue. Overall, I thought it was an interesting brew. I liked it. Cheers!
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, shared with Alex and Bram. Pours pitch black with a wispy, soapy head. Aroma is of huge hops, primarily pine and grapefruit. Palate is subdued and more buttery than crisp overall. Flavors to this beer confuse me. They take awhile to really define themselves, and even then, it was an oddly grainy, brown sugary juxtaposition of hop fruitiness with dark malt, and licorice. I am a big fan of Southern Tier, but this beer just never comes together for me. Interestingly, the very experience of this not coming together is interesting . . . perhaps I can summarize by saying the flavors cancel themselves out to produce something indescript?
bp (820) - Queens, New York, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours a dark brown, with a thin white head, hoppy aroma, dark fruits, taste is hoppy, malty, black licorice, dry finish,
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep rich black with a medium thick tanned head. Lots of lovely lacing on the glass. Aromas are interesting. Lots of nice floral and piney hops, but smoke, roast, caramel. Flavor is remarkably sweet and smooth. Medium bodied with notes of brown sugar, molasses, candy, vanilla. Finishes with a little more sweetness, and a nice bitterness. Really sweet, possibly to a fault, but a very neat beer.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown, with a small off white head. Smells of some dark malt, mixed with hops, roast ,dark fruits, and caramel. Lot going on in the flavor, it was like it was so in between styles for me. each sip was something different whic was very interesting. Petty sweet overall, with the caramel and sweet maltiness a big part of it, but the crisp hop bitterness shows up in the finish and aftertaste. unusual beer, but was pretty cool to try.
hopscotch (10003) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Pours clear and black with a small, creamy, quickly dissipating, white head. The aroma is very restrained. I had a really hard time pulling anything at all from the glass (maybe due to the lack of any lasting head) , but I finally got a waft of dark chocolate and hempen, musky hops. Medium to full-bodied with modest carbonation. Sweet, toasty flavor. Lengthy, sweet, ashen finish. An odd bird, this one. Not at all bad, though. Kudos to mgumby10 for splitting his bomber with me!
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown to black with a very thin off-white head. Nice floral and citrus hop aroma, but a little bit weak. Sweet malt and hop initial flavor with a very roasty finish. Tasty and enjoyable.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a small off-white head. Great aroma with a mix of sweet coffees, lightly roasted caramel malts, and sweet nectar hops. The flavors don’t mesh quite as well as the aromas. There is a light earthiness from the roasted malts, but the overriding flavor is a slightly bitter citrus hops. The black malt character is an interesting play on the bitter hops, but I’m not sure I get it.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, dark brown. Strong hops comes through, but there’s something slightly harsh about the flavor. Alcohol comes through a bit. So good overall, but I was hoping for a little better.