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 (957) - Friona, Texas, 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.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. pours brown with tan head. nose of piney, roasty, and pinnapple notes. flavors are piney, green, sweet malty, toffee, and coffee notes. very tasty.
jb (2756) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Came out of the bottle with a brownish turned to black look. Spotty interesting lacing pattern, thick on the sides of the glass, not much retention on the hood. The aroma smells just like hop pellets. Somewhat piney. Palate is cocoa, somewhat undefined blobby pine resin, roasted grain. I like the mouthfeel, velvety. I like this, is different and interesting. Wonder what aging one will bring?
hopdog (10807) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a deep brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floralness, pine, toasty, some nuttiness, and earthy. Tastes of toast. citrus, caramel, floral, and pine. Piney burps. Alcohol content well hidden.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Took a stiff pour to get a brief, bubbly tan head, dark brown below. Nose is spicy orange, dark caramel and grass with a touch of plastic. Slick and oily with sharp carb. Peppery, sticky lips. Taste is caramel, woody apple and grapefruit juice. Growing bitterness with juniper; kind of harsh but not bad.
popkow (308) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle discharged a complete black out. Little carbonation, little hops, small tan head. Heavy malt and I think resin is approiate terminology for the palate. The finish is of roasted grain and gives it bite.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Armanetti’s on Lincoln. Pours a brown/black with minimal head. Nose is too roasty for what they’re selling. Pleasant resiny hops, minimal spiciness. Taste is hops forwarded, but this one is just too sweet and roasty. Not enough hops crammed down my throat to really find it enjoyable. A bit tart as well. Pretty mediocre, which sucks because this could have been good. I think ST needs to get a more attenuative strain of yeast.
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m really diggin’ ST’s efforts lately. They are really making some delicious experiments! This is another success IMO. Interesting contrast of the dark, roasted malts with powerful hops.
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. The nose is pretty strong in citrus hops with some subtle notes of roasted malts and chocolate. Comes across the palate as citrus hops. finishes roasted and chocolate malts. Very good. dry, bitter finish.