heemer77 (5286) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, early black body with ruby at the edges. A rocky and dense brown tan head is on top. the aroma is up front grapefruit and caramel. There is also some nice hazelnut. The taste is nicely bitter grapefruit mixed with some light chocolate milk. There is also some coffee in here. Wow, a well balanced and interesting beer.
BREWMUSKCLES (2536) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A NICE DARK BEER THAT IS BARKY AND HERBAL IN THE SPIRIT OF LICORICE AND PEPPER WITH A TOUCH OF ANISE THESE HERBAL AND TINGLY FEATURES COMBINE WITH A NICE MOUTHFEEL AND A GOOD CITRUS AS WELL AS PINECONE IPA CHARACTER TO MAKE AN INTERESTING HYBRID KIND OF A BREW. THE ALCOHOL IS SOMEWHAT HIDDEN IN THE BUSY GOINGS ON IN THIS BEER. DECENTLY SWEET AND UNCOMMON IN THAT RESPECT.... ALL TOGEATHER A VERY GOOD BEER.
desurfer (1278) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany with little head. Extremely fresh hops in the aroma. Flavor is sweet with massive amounts of piney, grapefruity hop goodness. Tart, dry finish. Delicious!
Beerman6686 (6169) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a jet black with an off white head. Aroma of roasted malts and strong piney hops. Flavor is also very roasted maybe some coffee with a nice bitting hop finish. Very good.
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with medium beige head. Sweet and hoppy aroma with grapefruit, roasted malt and caramel notes. Sweet flavor with notes of roasted malt, hops liquerice and caramel. Ends with intense bitterness.
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 22 oz Bottle that poured dark brown, with a foamy 2 inch head.Nose of strong hops. The flavor that followed was strong ipa with a firm malt backbone. I think I tasted some mint in the flavoring also. Big thick mouthful, and full bodied, but just didn’t quite work for me.
So a few months later I opened a bottle from my fridge, and enjoyed it a whole lot more. Might have just needed some time, sometimes its just place a time. But this was good, and wish I had some more.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
22 oz Bomber-pours a dark ruby color w/a slight tan head & good lacing. It went downhill quickly from there. Strong hop aroma & overpowering hop bite w/flavors of pine/spruce. Tasted like I was chewing on a hand full of pine needles. Heavy citrus flavor as well. Just too gamey for me, couldn’t really enjoy the flavor. Like an IPA & a stout combined, & it’s not a good combination. Long dry, overly hopped finish, guess these big overly hopped beers just aren’t my thing.
Beerdedone (3204) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown color and has a beigh head with good retention and some lacing. Strong hoppy aroma of pine & citrus and notes of grapefruit with light caramel and a touch of brown sugar. Rich and bitter flavor with citrus and piney hops, toasted malts, grapefruit, and notes of caramel and light chocolate with a nice soft carbonation. Medium to full body with a dry and bitter finish
Lothore (619) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Pours a dark blackish red letting very little light pass through with a tan, 1 finger head.
S- Smell is predominately hoppy with floral characteristics and dark fruit undertones.
T- Taste starts off like a weak stout with coffee and dark flavors followed by a hop bitterness reminiscent of an IPA.
M- Thick and highly carbonated.
D- This is a very drinakble brew, easily sessionable.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown opaque with a thin head. The aroma was apricots and floral hoppiness. The taste hits like a strong IPA followed by a stout. A complex and interesting beer.