SanfordBrewer (1411) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque Mahogany, no head, medium body, medium co2.
aroma: charred chocolate malt, laefy hop resin, slight nuttiness and roast..
T1= licorice, cola, co2.
T2= charred malt, earthy hops.
T3= dryish with some sticky char and hop bitterness.
like a cross between a dry stout and an ipa.
Easy drinking and possibly sessional with food.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate on the nose with traces of vanilla. Pours black with an off white head. Roasted malts and bitter chocolate with coffee flavors and piney hops with a sticky resinous finish. Pretty solid!
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lacing, tan head with a dark brown body. Aromas of brown sugar, roasted malt, pine, and grapefruit. Flavor is pine, roasted malt, brown sugar. Bitter, sticky, lasting finish.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of Mario. Thanks, dude! Pours a dark, cola-brown color; high clarity; small-bubbled, very light tan head, nicely creamy, with solid retention and lacing that sticks; attractive pour. Kind of a muted aroma, showing piney and mineral-like bitterness, and a watery roasted / ashy malt presence; very nondescript, slightly burnt, barely there. Medium to M-F body; moderately high carbonation for what weíre working with here; hints of warming, vinous / red-fruit alcohol presence; slightly rough around the edges; overcarbonated, almost fizzy presence in the mouth; medium amounts of burnt / roasted malts, moderate, non-resiny piney and mineral bitterness, but just very little here in terms of nuance or well-presented hop character; the malt core is simply blah. Lasting, basic mineral bitterness, touches of charred malts.
DocLock (8570) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Craft. Pours deep black with 2-finger tan head. Big piney hop nose matched by dark malt and chocolate. Tastes resiny hoppy up front, with the dark malt catching up nanoseconds later. Gets ever so s;ightly sweet as it warms, stays complex, and stays very malty. I still cannot totally resolve this style, as the hops never seem to meld as well with dark malt as caramel or pale malts, but this one was a fine example of the style.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
VOLUME 10. 22oz bottle, foil wrapped. Pours jet black, light tan head. OMG, the aroma. Woody spruce hops, loads of hops. A touch of smoke, peat, and burnt grains. Flavor is a bit of burnt grains, light bacon, and bold hop bitterness. A little smoke. Very nice roast, even better bitterness. Nice char, wood, and pine. Loads of hops. Very yum, slightly Krunk.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark, thin and black with a thick foamy head. Aroma of citrus hops and chalky powdered cocoa. Flavor is more of the powdered cocoa with a strong hop backbone. Very nice brew. One of my favorites of the Side Project series.
jrob21 (2933) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow reading through the reviews and the experiences and descriptions are all over the place. I got a bit of pine and bubblegum aroma. The flavor is where the black part of this really came out. Mid palate had a lot of roasty thick malt flavors and the texture was slightly gritty like cocoa. The finish had a bit of citrus and some pine again. One of the more entertaining side projects. Glad they hit a good one with version 10.
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle as an extra in a trade with JCB- thanks again, Jason! Pours a dark opaque brown, basically black, with a tan head that leaves some soapy lacing in the glass. Aroma of earthy hops, dark roasted malts, dirt, pine, wood, grass, and toasted brown sugar. Flavor of earthy hops, dark roasted malts, pine resin, citrus, grass, charred wood, earthy notes, dust, dark chocolate, and just a little coffee. Finishes roasty and bitter. Medium-bodied, with average carbonation and a dirty mouthfeel. Not a typical IPA, and certainly worth a try.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle tasted blind on 4/9/10. Pours dark brown with huge mocha head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel with hints of oak and pine. Nice sweetness then a great bitter mocha finish. Balanced carbonation that really brought out the roasted malt.