j12601 (7248) - 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 (9840) - 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.
wu1sabes (25) - USA - APR 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This may be my new favorite from Southern Tier! Aroma of citrusy hops and sweet malt create a multi-flavor explosion in your mouth. Easy to drink and after each taste you find new flavors. Would recommend to everyone, hop heads and those who like a porter or stout.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2009 re-rate 5/1/09
Black, good sized light tan head. Nose is pine, fruit (mango, tangerine), a hint of roasty malt. Flavor is piney/resiny, fruity hops. This second bottle has significantly lower residual sweetness than my first bottle. That first one had too much sweetness which killed it. some mango, roasty malt, cotton candy. Sweet finish with shining tropical fruits & rich caramel malt. This second bottle is way better than the first one I had a few weeks ago, but still somewhat lackluster.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source: 22 oz bottle purchased in Bowling Green at Chucks.
Appearance: Dark brown color with a thin off white head. Fair amount of lacing..
Aroma: Citrus and floral hops with a bit of roasted malt.
Flavor: Caramel and roasted malt are present. Finish is floral and pine hops.
Palate: Medium body with slick mouthfeel and solid carbonation..
Overall: I’m beginning to enjoy this style. This one was very well done, as are all ST offerings.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours black with off white head. Has strong aroma of pine hops. Medium light mouthfeel. Flavor is upfront strong pine hops, then moves on to a caramel sweetness, the finishes with a hop twang. A very nice black IPA. Has a sweetness to it that is so southern tier. A solid offering though.