DYCSoccer17 (3228) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. The aroma on this is moderately hoppy with hints of Centennials and other PNW hops. Some grapefruit and pine. Beneath this, there is a lot of roast present. Some sweet chocolate is also there with some chalkiness, too. Mildly transparent dark mahogany body with a smallish, quickly dissipating light tan head. Starts a little chocolatey, before this becomes quite burnt, and bitter. Tons of grapefruit hops going on here. Very charred, and very difficult to drink this beer. Thereís no subtlety here, and it just seems like they dumped the leftover unsweetened chocolate from their previous Oatmeal Chocolate IS and a shit ton of hops into this beer.
Goodgrief (1744) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Jet black pour, nice frothy head and outstanding lacing. Rich and thick mouth feel. Rich roast flavor with some chocolate. This would have been excellent...BUT...a huge vegetal/garlic like presence. I have tasted this flavor before in beer, and itís god awful. Yuck.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic, lightly astringent.
Truly disappointing, mainly because it looked so good to begin with. Nice dark lasting head and completely opaque too. And the mouthfeel is pretty nice as well...a bit hot/boozy but not out of line given the ABV. But thatís pretty much where the good stuff ends. The aroma is surprisingly simple and light for a 10+% stout, just roast and chocolate and green hops...thereís no allure here, no depth, just some basic expected characters that lay there in the glass with no enthusiasm to entice you in any way. Heck, thereís not even any vanilla, which is usually a freebie with a beer like this. The worst part, though, is the almost shocking sourness in the mouth...highly unpleasant. If the mouth experience werenít so off-putting, I could probably forgive the boredom of the nose and give this a low/mid-3 kinda score, but alas, something went wrong with this one.
ration (1900) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown/black. Aroma stuffed animals, burnt malts and hops. Really strange and overboard.
riseagainstme (48) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz into snifter...pours almost black with a tan head...Tastes not so good to me, I was really excited about this one but it is not that good. Tastes very bitter from the hops and from something else I get more bitter. When it warmed up a little all I could taste was alcohol. Just not impressed, was hoping for a stronger sublimely self righteous or something, but this isnít it.
JoePeesie (853) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black (loses points for any "pale" ale) strong hop nose and taste. For an anniversary beer it was kinda Meh to me...
Lorenasa (153) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Fresh 22 oz bottle purchase at the brewery. The aroma is of hops. The tast is of chocolate and coffee bu is overpowered by grapefruity hops. Extreme bitterness ruins what coul have been a good beer.
HonkeyBra (3115) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz. bomber. Pours a deep, thick black with a thick tan head that dissipates in a rocky mess. Lots of lacing smears down the glass as the head fades. Aroma of roast, some chocolate, some fresh asphalt. Mild pine hops notes creep through in the aroma. The flavor is just . . . wow. Iím not sure how to describe whatís going on here. It just tastes like a generic, hot bitterness. Itís vaguely piney but more like spruce and fir trees. Very odd, seems almost chemical. Harsh and unpleasant. Iím hop head. I love bitterness. But this has no character at all other than chemical and alcohol bitterness. Thinnish body. This is not a beer Iíd recommend.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle... dark brown almost black with a nice medium tan head, great retention and good lacing... weak nose, a bit of grapefruit with pine, boring... tastes super harsh on the finish, extreme bitter pine alcohol, a bit of grapefruit tries to turn this around but this is really bad overall... pass
nbondi (197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very dark espresso with brown head. Pine and citrus in nose, but, whatís this?...Bacon? Garlic? Yeah....pretty sure this isnít supposed to be a rauch black IPA... Medium body, good carbonation. Iím not really sure what defect could lead to these flavors, but I donít like it. drain pour.