Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amber coal brown with thin tan colored head. Aroma is chocolate yeast with oak undertones. Flavor is floral notes blended with rich chocolate notes. Porter like flavors are blended with a faint citrus undertone. Hops are present and yet not overpowering. Interesting.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at the Friendly Mini Mart in Lakewood. So, I was wondering, are there any other double IPA’s that are this dark? Seriously, this is a black ale. (I know this because the bottle conveniently says so.) Sure, pouring it into a glass and noticing that yep, this looks like used motor oil, that may have given it away, but I wouldn’t have been so sure if it were not for the bottle. Anyhow, this sure smells IIPA-ish. Heaping helpings of hops abound in the aroma. Crisp floral perfumey scents of citrus, budding flowers and more citrus assault the senses before just a little bit of porter-like malt character sneaks up. The flavor, well that’s another hard nut to classify. It sure does snuggle up to the tongue like a blow torch. The first sip is like smooth velvety acid that goes right down through the end of the sip. But behind that, there is this little yelp of nice rich malt just aching to get out. But alas, this is well hopped in all the right ways, so it does come off as a very well put together, fully hopped IIPA. Man, Southern Tier does not disappoint.
notalush (5000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours kind of a cola color, with a decent-sized, lasting soapy lace - the aroma is that of a very hoppy stout, with fairly strong american hop aromas resting well on top of roasted malt and some lactose sweetness - not terribly complex in the nose, but inviting none-the-less - the flavor is hoppy stout all the way - yes, the hops are strong, but the malts and sweetness are what propel this beer - fairly sweet black malt, chocolate, brown sugar, a touch of roast and caramelized sugar - the hops kind of bookend this, but never really jump out the way you’d expect them to - lingering chocolate sweetness in the finish - I would almost say this should be entered as an imperial stout - anyway, I was expecting more from this, but it’s decent.
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma has strong grapefruit notes. You can smell it as soon as the cap is popped. There’s also some faint pine and roast, but the grapefruit clearly dominates. It pours a dark mahogany with some transparency when held to the light and a small khaki head that quickly fades to a soapy ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with some sweet chocolate and molasses that fades to a nice citrus hoppiness in the finish with some light roasted nuttiness. The roastiness is more apparent in the aftertaste as it lingers for a little while. Medium bodied with a soft and slightly oily mouthfeel. It’s very "sessionable" for 9%.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split two ways. Dark brown in color with a light tan head and a small - medium well retaining head. A nice amount of fresh citrus- centennial in the aroma with backing molasses, caramel. The taste has alot of fresh citrus hops, but slightly skewed by the big body of this beer- alot of molasses, brown sugar, a touch of chocolate. Body is full- the bitterness in the finish is moderate.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours a dark mahogany bordering on black. Floral hops dominate the nose along with some light fruitiness and an ever-so-slight malt tone. Full bodied. Flavor is a bit more balanced than the nose with some roasted malts fighting their way through to compliment the centennial hop explosion. I really enjoyed this brew and could drink it all day long. The 9% was hidden very well.
Nephilium (1414) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice strong pine hop aroma. This pours black (with ruby highlights), with a thin cap of off-white head. Interesting flavor... touch of pine, then followed by a roasty finish. Light mouthfeel, with a touch of sweetness lurking in it. Not bad... but I won’t go out of my way to grab this again.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber (Bizarre label design looks like a part of some Palestinian propaganda poster). Porter-like in appearance-- dark brown with a frothy beige head. Spotty lacing. Aroma of mostly sweet toffee and chocolate malts, with a moderate hop presence of pine and some citrus. Sweet malt body of toffee with touches of chocolate. A seemingly generous hop addition is unfortunately dominated by the sweetness here (in a 2IPA, I prefer the malt to be the hops’ bitch). Hops are primarily deep pine, with suggestions of citrus, but come across as sappy rather than astringent and resiny (I prefer the latter). I’m not saying that this is bad or poorly executed, but it presents like a trite American strong red ale with the hop profile of an average barleywine. I wasn’t expecting this to be anything like Stone 11th, but still a bit disappointing.
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark, like cola with an off white head. Hoppy, chocolatey aroma. Some citrus,and a light nuttiness. Flavor is similar to unearthly, but nuttier. Also, chocolate, hops, citrus. It’s similar to a chocolate covered orange. A bit too sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth.Finishes with the chocolatey hoppy nuttiness. I liked this, though wasn’t blown away.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Binny’s Beverage Depot in Orland Park, Illinois, U.S.A.: Wow! Five ratings before me and this dark brown ale is still listed as a DIPA! Neat! It pours an intensely dark brown body, nearly black with some mahogany around the edges, and a tall beige head with a solid sheet of lacing. It has an aroma full of pine and citrus zest followed by sweet, roasted dark malt. It tastes of sweet earthy malt well balanced with citrus and resinous pine flavors, tipping ever-so-slightly towards the hop bitterness. It finishes on a fresh piney bitter note. Very nice, and probably destined to become an ASA here...