DCLawyer (1969) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle->SA. Black with thick tan head. Aroma is piney hops, roast, charcoal. Taste is floral hops and roasted malt in a nice balance. Good.
charule (1821) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark with a huge airy head. Very carbonated. Hoppy aroma. Waited for foam to die down and beer to warm a bit. Less hoppy taste then what aroma would suggest. Light malty flavor kind of like a cross between an IPA and stout.
kindacold (230) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours like a stout: black/red with thick head. Smells like a smokey, chocolate-laced IPA. Tastes like hoppy dark chocolate with a bunch of espresso in it. Bitter finishing notes, with some sticky linger.
BeerandBlues2 (11060) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear black with a large, creamy and frothy tan head, medium-long retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy, pine, and grapefruit hops, light roast and chocolate malt with raisin and plum esters. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness with a supporting dark malt backbone, balanced to hops, dark fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
ben4321 (5085) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Total Wine-McLean, 2/26/13
Aroma: The nose of this one is heavy roasted/burnt malts with some citrus/grapefruit hops too
Appearance: This one pours into the glass an opaque dark brown color with a long lasting, thick froth of lighter brown colored head that completely coats the glass in a sheet of lace
Flavor: Pretty balanced between the strong roasted malts, some burnt notes, and a bitter hop finish
Palate: The body is medium, it has a bit too much carbonation, and a lengthy, dry finish
This is an interesting beer. It leans toward the burnt malt side, especially in this style, but it also has a a strong hop presence to balance out the malts. Works pretty well overall. On a completely unrelated note, the head retention is pretty spectacular as well.
snoworsummer (3751) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Refreshing smell. Piney hoppy taste. Slightly bitter. Very very dark color. Very good.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Intriguing aroma of hops, malt and almost floral notes with a brown black appearance, complex taste and warming mouthfeel.
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jgb9348 (5232) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thick, three centimetre tall deep brown head - the body being about 90% opaque! Aroma of sticky, pungent and very resinous hops that show a lot at first, then the scent dies down to licorice, anise, alcohol and tons of roasted malts. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt with a good hop flavour, not overpowering, some pine and citrus notes and little else. Aftertaste shows a relatively simple roasted malt flavour, a hint of earthiness, but a lot of pine and grapefruit hop notes. Overall, surprisingly not as good as I’d expected, but with their high standards, that’s not a bad thing - this beer is good, just not great...good from a roasted malt perspective (no surprise) just not good from a hoppy perspective (once again, not what they’re known for). I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 07-November-2012 for US$8.99/6 pack sampled at home in Washington on 27-January-2013.
Ratman197 (11778) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of CraftBeerdesign (Thanks Geoff) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, grapefruit, cocoa, pine and light burnt carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, pine, grapefruit and light cocoa with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering earthy finish.
VipertheIV (12) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tall 3 finger tan head with lingering lacing. A nice malty, toasty backbone with a well balanced floral and piney hop presence. A dark almost black color