lamas (1347) - Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy khaki head. Some grapefruits and pine in the aroma along with some cocoa, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol. Solid medium body. Flavor starts with some cocoa and a burnt maltiness. Caramel and semi-sweet chocolate follow. A drying, spicy grapefruitiness finishes things off. Kinda like a mix between an IPA and a porter. Weird beer!
jredmond (5260) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2013 Pours a dark body. Aroma is hop, cocoa, chocolate malts and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of Chocolate malts, coffee, booze, pine hop and stringent character.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
yum... good stuff. black as night with a nice head, left a bunch of lace throughout. nose is what the label describes... coffee burnt black malt, and ipa-level piney hop notes. taste is the same with the hops winning the battle. black malt amount is perfect, not overwhelming at all, and the hops are citrusy sweet. ST’s becoming one of my new favorite breweries... they cant miss!!
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting. Pours dark black with a small amount of head. Is this the answer to the sublimely self righteous? For a double ipa the sweetness really hides the hops and takes away from the hop character that I am used to in double ipas. Hops, malt in the flavor. I can tell this is from the east coast as there is not much if any citrus at all. Unique thing about this is though is that I am getting like a subtle sweet fruit smell in the aroma there. Laces the glass a tiny bit, but I do have to say leaves a nice flavor on the palate. Decent but does not stand up to sublimely at all in my opinion.
lb4lb (2495) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in trade from FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours dark brown to black with a short lived beige head. Smell is roasted malt and fruity hops. Taste is chalky, lightly roasty, and hoppy. Medium to slightly full bodied. Slightly sweet and dry and roasty in the finish. Pretty interesting but with a touch of cardboard flavor, and the ABV is hidden fairly well but it peeks through.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear super deep brown with a reddish tint and beige head. Citrus and pine hop forward aroma with a coffee roasted malt just behind it. Mix of citrus hops and roasty malt. Citrus end with a hop bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with well hidden alcohol.
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Happy birthday to me! Pours a deep ruby/black with very little head. Strong citrus hop aroma....some orange, lemon and some floral notes with a hint of chocolate. Very citrusy hoppy flavor, some resinous pine, with a bit of bitter chocolate in the finish.Slight warmth of alcohol in the end. The bitter in the aftertaste seems to cling to my throat for some time, and Im not real sure how I feel about that.
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 Rating #3400. Black color with a medium to large head. At first, a massive smack of orange, tangerine and grapefruit. After a few swirls, it’s more chocolate and almost coconut. Strong bitterness. Chocolate, pine, vinous flavors. Pretty rockin.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Clear and very dark brown pour with a tan head. Double IPA aroma elements for sure - hops, pine, alcohol, vanilla, anise, and slightly toasty. Flavor is similar, with some woodiness and roasty burnt notes. Grapefruity bitterness. Amaretto? Decent.
MrBeerFanatic (841) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black bearing a brown tan frothy head that stays. Big aromas of herbal,
citrus, pine hops upfront with undertones of chocolate with slight caramel. The balance of flavors here are a little unusual. It starts with what you would expect from a good IPA. Upfront citrus and pine hops then goes into a malt stage with hints of chocolate that play off the caramel complimenting each other. Ends with a bitter and burnt note. Alcohol not really noticeable. Was hoping for more on the palate but its not watery. Good example of how hops and malts go hand in hand with balance. Another good beer from the local brewery Souther Tier.