Alone and cold on a frigid fall night, the evil Dr. Dank’s stomach rumbled. It has been days since devouring the last of this trannies and platypuseses. Desperate, he wanderered into his kitchen only to find a 3-eyed rat, yellow toenails, and an old bean burrito. Always resourceful, Dr. Dank remembered his great, great, bouffalata, granny goose’s Ghoulash recipe.
Try as he might, he couldn’t get it right, so he dumped everything he could find from the fridge and cupboard into one giant boiling brew, resulting in this stew of 2-row, black wheat, munich malt and a 14-hop variety asplifidation of Willamette, Galena, Mt. Hood, Nugget, Perle, Aroma, Bobek, Aurora, Styrian, Golding, Magnum, Columbus, Summit, Millennium, and Crystal. Sloppy seconds never tasted so ghood!
Malts: 2-row, Munich, & Midnight Wheat
Hops: Willamette, Galena, Mt. Hood, Nugget, Perle, Aroma, Bobek, Aurora, Styrian, Golding, Magnum, Columbus, Summit, Millenium, Crystal (14 total)
Beginning Gravity: 21 Plato
Final Gravity: 5 Plato
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour was a very dark brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) dark beige frothy head that reduced some, but pretty much lasted throughout producing some good clingy lacing.
The aroma was quite hoppy (should being they used 14 kinds of hops) with citrus, floral and resin hops, a roasted chocolate malt and an earthy yeast with notes of bitter sweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee and grapefruit.
The taste was moderately bitter having a nice bitter sweet chocolate note in the beginning with the finish being extremely hoppy with strong notes of roasted coffee and dark fruit towards the end. The flavor lasted a decent amount of time proceeding the swallow leaving a nice hoppy citrus flavor to lie on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was a few shades above medium in body and creamy yet dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation.
Overall, although I did not taste 14 kinds of hops it was an intensely hoppy brew with a nice dark malty flavor.
solidfunk (4980) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of citrus hops and a light dose of roast. Pours black with good head and lacing. Light bitter finish. Thick consistency. Tap at rustico.
mansquito (3980) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rustico, Arlington tap: Pours near black with a head that was not really poured for me. Aroma is slight citrus, herbs, roast, and resin. Taste is a bit sweet. Relatively low bitterness. Some lasting aftertaste. Pretty good.
Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body w/ khaki head. Nose of coffee, toasted malt & hops. Balanced flavors include bittersweet chocolate, coffee & bitter hoppy finish.
Imaena (2003) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ brewery. This is a nice black lager with lots of roasted flavor and a good medium palette.
jbruner (2852) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black-brown on tap with bubbly brown head that dissipates and leaves good lacing. Aroma of hops, floral and piney, and roasted malt underneath. Taste is a slightly bitter hop menagerie with a thin malty backbone and an oddly dry finish. Decent, crazy, but there are better black IPAs out there.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a great beer. It has a dark black color with a medium-brown colored head. Its aroma is so great… even from a foot away. It smells like a barley wine, strong, hoppy and sweet… simply gorgeous. Its mouth feel is easy, almost syrupy at times, with hops and alcohol dominating. Its roasted character only shows in the finish and doesn’t muddle up the tastiness of the beer. This is an awesome, delightful beer.
TheBeerGod (5497) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Gift from my friend Noel. Black pour with a dense, mocha colored head. Roasted malt, tropical fruit, citrus notes, soft pine, chocolate and floral hops in the aroma. Taste is big roasted malt, tropical fruit notes, light pine, herbal notes and chocolate. Light coffee in the background as well. Body is medium-full and chewy with dense, creamy carbonation and a soft, resinous feel. Moderate lingering hop bitterness. Ends with more roasted malt, citrus notes, floral hops, herbal notes, thinned chocolate, tropical fruit notes and light pine. There’s almost a chocolate mint note as well.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rating 66. Black pour with a sticky tan head. Grassy with some pine and a sweet roast. Roasty bite and a little more sweetness and a lingering roasty aftertaste. (2408)
TheJackalope (30) - Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark chocolaty head sits atop a deep black brew with so many flavors it explodes on the tongue. I found this bottle in a shop in June ’12. Deep flavors of chocolate and smooth high gravity. Wonderful showing.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Originally reviewed: 10/29/11. Stopped by City Bev for some Sprecher Oktoberfest, and saw they had this new one on tap. Yes, please!
Served in a Duvel chalice. Deep dark pour with a thick finger-width head of ivory foam. Retained well, and left spotty lace behind. Big hoppy nose right away, but the more I sip this one, the more roasted it becomes. Good hefty body supports the ABV well. Carbonation presence moderate. A nice bittering piney flavor starts this one out, but it is well balanced by a semi-sweet roasted chocolate flavor. The finish is smooth with hints of baker’s chocolate. Just enough hops on the back end to keep me pleased. Very nice beer. Excellent representation of the style.
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