sjohnny (307) - - NOV 28, 2013
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pine, floral, malty aroma. Pours black with a very foamy lasting light tan head. Very thin bodied. Roasty initial flavor followed by a light bitterness that coats the tongue. Not bad but I wouldn't go out of my way to get any more.
kidmartinek (2971) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yeah, I guess its black with 30% tan foam on the pour. Frothy, tan foamy, looks good. Soapy, toasted malt aroma. Very bitter. Soapy, bitter toasted malt flavor almost burnt at times. Cascade out the ass. More like a dark imperial pilsner. Damn bitter, and good for that, but the soap? Some other hop or grain is needed to balance.
XmnwildX12 (2074) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had at Autumn Brew Review 2013, bitter black malt mess, kinda had a funk finish.
Headbanger (2748) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle 4/25/13 (Binny’s Naperville Clearance Rack)-62° in Shaker-Pours black with a big loose tan head. Aroma of malt, wood, smoke, and a little anise. Taste of malt, smoke, wood, and hops. This medium bodied brew is a mess. I was expecting more but disappointed.
Cybercat (2789) - Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong aroma is quite resiny with a citrus underpinning and a smoky note. It pours a beautiful warm sable with a thick, frothy and rather persistent light tan head. Flavor has a hoppy, woody core and a nice smoky tone - but not much else. Has a watered-down feel to it. Texture has only average body an fizz, and the smoky, hoppy finish is unpleasantly green-wood bitter. Too bad the flavor didn’t match the tempting appearance, or this would have been a damned good beer. Well, better luck next batch.
unclemattie (3917) - Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Black pour. Aroma of earthy, leathery, wooded hops. Heavy roast. Burnt sulphur match tip flavor. Thin, nice roast. Licorice bitterness. Lingering hop. (3610)
chawkfan (27) - USA - JAN 26, 2013
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nothing much going on with this beer. Couldn’t smell anything and the taste was rather bland
fallingleaves (32) - Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
While this beer is beautiful to look at, with great lacing in the head, its taste does not deliver, as its bitterness overshadows any scent of grapefruit or citrus flavors at the end of the sip. This BIPA has a definite smokey flavor throughout, but really leaves a bad after taste. I would expect Sprecher’s to have a better product than this.
jmohno (968) - Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark chocolate/black.Good sized head,creamy foam,nice lacing.
Aroma is hoppy with citrus,some sweetness,breadiness,maybe slight chocolate.Maybe some oxidation .B vitamins?- Later on.
Taste starts off good/ok but ends on an astrigent burnt malt finish.With piney bittering.Seems overly roasty/burnt. KInd of almost tasteless until warming then hosp show can do without the abrubt finish. Medium/light bodied.This is ok but dont know why everybody seems to hate it.
uhclem (332) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not the best. All things being equal, the deal-breaker was the burnt, ashy taste.