FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled February 2014
A soft pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three finger thick, nicely browned, dark tan colored head that leaves a fair amount of layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, concentrated, almost murky hued, brown color that shows opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of slightly burnt, but very ripe tangelo zest, peach concentrated, some light lychee, and lots of guava like notes. The roast character adds a toasted, brown grain character to the nose, but this is certainly secondary to the hops.
The beer has a biting citrusy hoppiness to it up front and this continues through to the finish. The middle is fairly bitter, which is brought out by the hops, but is accentuated by a biting roasted character that even takes on a bit of astringency towards the finish. The hop character here is the dominant note, though the roast character is quite a bit more present than it was in the aroma. Flavors of tangelo zest, floral guava, kumquat, and other floral nectar like hop notes. The body is fairly light, but has a soft fullness to it. The sharp, a bit acrid, roast character in the finish brings out some hot, spicy alcohol notes that detract a bit from the overall flavor.
The roast character makes the flavor a bit sharper and out of balance than I would prefer, but this is still a pretty good beer that I am enjoying.
drjay44 (3161) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. capped bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled beige head, with slight lacing, over a clear dark brown (SRM 30) body.......nose is roasted malts with chocolate, cocoa notes, dominating coffee, light toffee/caramel notes, light floral herbal hops, heavier pine, resin, hops balanced, slight esters......taste is slightly sweet, with toffee/caramel notes, chocolate, light coffee, from the roasted malts, pine, resin, floral notes from the hops, finishing with a mild hop bitterness......mouth feel, medium body, slight alcohol, slight stickiness, creamy carbonation. This is a very nice example of the style and meets the 2015 guidelines quite nicely. BJCP 9/3/15/5/8
UncleKorm (1163) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle was a gusher; poured a dark brown hue w/ an enormous tan head and sticky lacing. Bold musty aroma. Initial flavor is bold bitter w/ a light sour finish. Tastes are peppery rye, dark chocolate, red wine, oak, piney hops, and farmhouse funk. Medium bodied.
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djd07 (7196) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with medium beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is roast, dark chocolate, and rye. Medium mouth, rich, flavors matching nose, nice bitter finish, very good.
Marheb (3896) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Liquide sain et vivant qui garde sa mousse pendant l’heure complète de sa dégustation. Café latte, biscuit à la mélasse et résine coniféreuse se lient parfaitement. J’ai rarement vu un tel équilibre de saveurs et de corps. Belle surprise.
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose is roasty and offers spicy grains accompanied by herbal and perfumey notes. Medium-bodied and uber creamy with soft carbonation. Bittersweet, balanced flavor and finish. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!
tmoreau (3266) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 2013 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters showing a black/brown hue, with tan head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was roasted, floral, with a hint of soapiness, light spice, and a touch of resin & citrus astringency. Light to medium bodied, with soft carbonation, the texture was a little thin, although the mouthfeel offered some mellow creaminess, hop bitterness was moderate, roasted, earthy, and subtly dry, and the alcohol warmed a bit. A decent brew.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle -
Aroma - anise, coffee beans, citrus and some spicy herbal notes
Appearance - dark mocha brown, nearly black body, 3-finger creamy tan head, long retention, above average lacing
Mouthfeel - medium carbonation, medium/full bodied, light burn
Flavor - pine needles, roasted malts, more anise, spicy rye quite noticeable, almost carrying a burnt hop pellet bitterness to it.
Overall - another good beer from The Bruery but gets tagged with a high price that really doesn’t support jive with me. Gets a point knocked off for the price tag.
monk191 (1547) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good black ipa. Pours a deep, thick black with a tan head. Smells of hops, marshmallow, vanilla and chocolate-covered strawberries. Taste is extremely thick and sweet upfront, like an ice cream float. Some hops kick in afterwards, balancing nicely. Slightly bitter finish. Quite nice. Had in the bottle.
slowrunner77 (8375) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"This dark brown ale is in the upper tier of black iPas. Not quite in the elite few, but knocking on the door. Aroma is a blast of rye, citrus, and dark roasted malts. Body is smooth, medium bodies. Flavor very rye centric but not to a fault. Adequately bitter. Similar to Black Racer. Good stuff."