dankman (253) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one different beer, but it’s really good. This beer drinks, smells and tastes like a mellow IPA but with the hints of roasted cofee and carmel you’d expect from some porters or a quadrupel. Quite unique, if you get the chance I suggest trying it.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours opaque brown with a nice light tan head. Stong hoppy nose, which almost tilts towards penicillin for me. There are other things in there, including roasty malts. I can see how for somebody whose nose doesn’t associate that smell with penicillin it would be very interesting and alluring, but for me it was a warning bell. In the mouth, the warning was on target. It’s not as bad as, say the Goose Island IIPA, which was undrinkable, but for me it was distracting. I understand how people like this one, but I would take a 10th any day before this.
flemdawg (532) - Naples, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with a thin head of light tan bubbles. Aroma of citrusy hops, almost like a fresh orange along with some grapes, and a dash of yeast. The taste, wow. Hoppy hoppy hoppy. But also some roasty malts and a hint of coffee near the finish. A very interesting beer to say the very least.
Pailhead (5037) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 Bottle: The aroma has lots of pine and grapefruit with some faint caramel and chocolate. Pours a dark reddish- brown with some transparency when held to the light. It has a moderate beige head with good retention and moderate webbing for lacing on the side of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of fruit and caramel that is quickly overtaken pine and grapefruit in the finish. There is a light roastiness hidden behind all the hops in the finish as well. There is some light chocolate in the background. The hops really linger on the palate for quite some time. No detection of alcohol in the nose or flavor. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. As it warms the chocolate and caramel flavors increase to the point of making taste like a super hopped up porter.
Sregnar35 (977) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing stuff. Pours a dark black with a fairly underwhelming head. aroma is very fresh hops and a touch of roast. Flavor is abrutly hops,then an amazing blend of dark chocolate and caramel, very nice.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown in color with foamy brown head. Looks like a Porter but the aroma and taste is a IPA. Aroma strong floral hops. Taste of hops, hops and roasted malt with a bitter finish. You don’t taste the alcohol but you will feel it. Great IPA.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Bottle from Vidalia.$7.39 without tax. Black with brown edges. Thin lacing type head. Strong hoppy aroma. The taste was of piney hops. Slighty oily texture. Robust flavor. Funny, when you look at this beer you can’t imagine that it tastes the way it does. I like 10th much better.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from OAK Tree! The pour was awesome to me, a black IPA huh. The nose was all the IPA stuff, pine cut crass, ect. The dark pour had soem rudby to it, and I wanted to smell some dark fruit, but ???? This was great, and I do not like IPA’s so much.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogoney brown colour with mid sized head. Aroma is brown sugar and roasted malts with a hop presence. Rich and roasty with a nice bitter undertone. Almost like a porter and a bitter combined. Nice effort.
BrewDad (5005) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint Eastside Club Tavern Olympia, WA
Dark brown in color with a thin head. The deep malt aroam was and the flaover was hard to determine the type of beer this really was. Had a stout character with a deep alcohol flavor. Rich flavors dark malts and with lots of intresting flavor os earth notes. This was a great great beer. Loved the flavor. I hope to hold a few for the yers to come.