BrewDad (5117) - 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.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brow, would call it black, but brown when pouring from the neck of the bottle. Strong citrus on the nose with tangerine and grapefruit. Lots of hops on the palate with a sweet, strong hop finish with slight smoke and roast. VERY slight smoke and roast. Very unique. Taste similar to a black rye.
alandudeman (25) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Nice hoppy roasted scent with slight under-tones of citrus.
Nice and strong flavor. Definitely tasted citrus, hops, and a strong roasted flavor all blended. Also think there were berries in there somewhere. All this conglomerates to a pleasant bitterness on your palate and a smile on your face followed by a pleasant warming sensation in your throat...
Consumed from a bottle so I canít comment on the color or head.
Texture was pretty thick but not stout thick.
Fits nicely between IPA and Stout. Not the best ale to introduce your college buddies to if they prefer crap...
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Naven. Very reminescent of Alpha Klaus, w/ less malt and more hops. Except for the color, this is a IIPA. Very good.
thoramel (55) - Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice black color with a small head that reduces to a decent froth/lace. Upon openeing the bottle the hop smell jumps out and gabs you. The taste is quite unique with a strong malt component balanced with the bitter hop flavor to produce a taste that is original (at least to my tastebuds). The hops really explode in the finish with a taste that may ruin my tongue for the other beer I chose for tonight. Not in a bad way, mind you, just in a way that makes me wish I had another bottle of this.
notalush (5222) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, english porter-looking appearance, with a frothy tan head - hop aroma explodes from the glass as I pour, and I havenít even put the glass near my nose yet - simcoe and amarillo overwhelm the nose, but underneath you can detect faint undercurrents of roasted malts, and peaty, smokey smells - medium sweet up front, with some chocolate and roasted malt stout-like flavors - dry hop character bitch slaps those flavors off the tongue pretty fast, though - roasty and smokey notes linger underneath, though, and actually compliment the piney/woody, extreme hop profile - sticky sweetness shows its face again, bringing with it some dried cherries and a bit of caramel - a little alcohol heat near the end - another in-your-face hop monster from Stone, but she is a pretty tasty one.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Black pour with a light-ish tan head that turns to a sticky film around my $1 piece of fine glassware. Aromas of lightly smokey roasted malt, tropical fruits, light pine and citrus all seem to be present...a bit of yeast and just a touch of bakers chocolate. In the flavor thereís also a nice roasty malt flavor with a tinge of vinous dryness but they seem to take a bit of a back seat once the strong citrus/tropical fruit/pine hops come through...quite a whallop midway till it reaches the back giving even ground to the roasted malt character. Medium bodied with solid carbonation...starts roasty and bouces back and from resiny and bitter to roasty, somewhat dry, somewhat smokey...in the very end as the bitter hop finish dissapates the roasty character comes back and smooths it out subtly. Really nice brew which should be interesting and more than likely almost a different beer in a year...then again those hops were pretty strong.
theviolet (173) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into a goblet. Wow, strong aroma hits immediately. Tangerine and hops. The citrus is very strong. Exceptionally dark brown with a small light brown head. Very strong flavors, lots of hops throughout. You can really taste the roast and the malt in the finish and aftertaste. You can also taste a lot of citrus. Very nice on the palate, full and bubbly. A really interesting beer that I would definetely try again.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle from BottleTrek.com. Holy shit this stuff is good...black IPA is an appropriate style name. Pours a dark walnut with a thick, creamy head and will not dissappear. Big hoppy aroma, nice combination of hop variety, dry hopped is evident. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness in the flavor. Bold citrus characteristic, roasty flavors. Medium to full body with a oily/creamy mouthfeel. Long bitterness finish like you would find in an IPA. Definite noticability of alcohol. This will be even better cellared for a year or so.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Pours a very dark, mostly transparent brown color with some ruby hues and a thick layer of foamy gray-ish tan head. Huge hop nose, bursting with leafy Chinook and catty Simcoe. I think Iím getting a hint of nutty malts, but itís mainly just dank. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a cutting hop edginess. Very odd texture considering the aroma. It has a distintly soft maltiness coupled with a harsh hop bite. I think I might actually enjoy this a lot more with a different hop selection. Some chewy chocolate nougat and smooth caramels rest gently on the palate, while a prickling assault of pulpy grapefruit hop pith tingles the top and sides of my mouth. The citrus definitely overwelms the roasty flavors. I find myself wanting to become more intimately familiar with the malt bill, but the hops, a one dimensional white grapefruit bomb, keeps interupting the introduction. I just breathed in some of this elixir, and I now feel like somebody just tried to drown me in late winter spruce resin. Regaining my senses, I find some gentler, more tobacco-like caramels floating in before it finishes with a final hop blow. Well constructed, but definitely strives for polarity rather than harmony.