ChazMania (650) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled poured into pint glass. Aroma is mild for any beer related to Stone; its roasted malt but far lighter than say SSR. Appearance is a clear dark brown, faint head only lightly carbonated. Taste is a good blend of a dark brown ale and a fresh ipa. Body is a bit thinner than Iíd hope for as well.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Parkway. Clear, root beer brown pour with a short beige head leaving moderate lace. Nose is lovely fresh hops and dark-roast malt. Medium body and fine carbonation. Pine, chocolate, toffee, resin and . Finish is medium and supremely balanced between spicy hops, baked goods sweet and a touch of soy and cheese umami. Outrageous! Thanks to the three brewers for bringing us this treat - all the best to Alchemist in the future.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
$3.25 (or somewhere around there) from Best Damn Beer Shop. Clear deep brown with a one finger beige head, creamy with good retention. Definitely getting a good amount of citrus hops and Nelson, a little pine. There is a little toasted malt. Iím not getting as much Nelson in the flavor, as it seems much more citrus forward, some yeasty notes. Pretty low sweetness, bone dry finish. Bitterness peaked at a 6-7, lightly earthy. Low to moderate creamy carbonation with a medium body. Great stuff--long live Kimmich and the Alchemist!
StefanSD (2070) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 zo bottle from bev4less. Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown color with a medium beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is strong with citrus hops (mostly oranges) and way in the back some roasted grains. The taste also features robust citrus; bitter grapefruit, oranges, limes and papaya. The malt base is lightly roasted grains, walnuts, pecans and is fairly neutral. The palate is full, thick and creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering bitter hops. Overall: This is one outstanding IPA irrespective of color.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Does this smell amazing. If you want to know what a dank beer smells like here it is. Smells amazing. The pine and hemp form a wave of hoppy goodness. Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a billowing off white foam. Hop flavor is nice a piney. Unlike some black ipas, the malt character does come through somewhat on this one, and I get some definite brown ale malt characteristics that peek out, but are quickly overwhelmed by the hops. Palate is smooth and velvety. Overall a damn fine beer for a good cause, and I intend to buy several more. Great job to all three breweries!
JoeTheYounger (1136) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours more brown than black (pun intended). Aroma is resinous Piney hops. Taste is super bitter with a faint hint of roast. Lots of citrus hops. Good stuff. If I was blindfolded I would think it was a dry hopped fresh IPA.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a dark rootbeer brown with a very thin layer of froth and bubbles. Light doesnít get through the body. Leaves insane lacing.
Aroma: Right out of the foil pack hop pellets,Iíd say Amarillo/Centennial or similar variety of danky hop. Thatís it.
Taste: Citrusy floral danky green hop,sturdy pine bitterness, toasted malt. Finishes with clean bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat juicy with average carbonation.
Overall: Tasty and very fresh tasting. There wasnít much "brown" malt presence, if you closed your eyes, you were just drinking a really green IPA.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone. Dark cloudy brown with a fluffy off white head. Strong pine and citrus aroma with chocolate notes. Pine chocolate citrus grain and an earthy bitterness to the taste.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 Served from a 12 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a more brown than black hue. No really itís a deep brown almost coffee color. A nice foamy pale brown head. The aromas are rich with earthy hops, teas, some muted pine. The flavors are full of hop flavors but not an explosion in your mouth. Pine, slight resins, some malty chocolate malt in the finish. Some of the hops make me think of root vegetables. The malt profile feels diluted and leaves a certain emptiness in the beer. The mouth is pretty drying and the finish is super drying. Always love trying beers with some newer ingredients even if I canít pick up all of the nuances. A solid brew that is well worth a try but not in the same lines as some of Stones other black ipas.
Getbetter (794) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle,brown in color,hoppy,chocolate,lite roast,reminds me of terrapin hop karma ipa.