hayduke (4282) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This 22 oz. bottle was from Strykzone who continues to send world class beers. This poured very dark red that looked black without a light behind iti and raised small tan colored head and thick lacing rings. The nose is of roasted malts with aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, figs,and some floral hops. Body is rich and the mouthfeel is slick and creamy. The flavor can only be described as aggressive and powerful, with chocolate, fruit, and roasted malts dominate. Finish is long and bitter. A seriously potent Porter that reminded me somewhat of the Black IPA’s you see so much these days. Great beer.
Tmoney99 (12732) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate roasted smoke malt and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark roasted bittersweet flavor with medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex beer.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from kan. Slightly wet & thin light tan head covers the slightly brown-looking liquid. Very hop forward nose, slightly spicy hops with a pine and citrus twist. Underneath, dark malt fumes give rise to roasted malt, smoke, and bitter chocolate. Smells like a black ipa...an imperial black ipa. I hope not though. Has a tangy, bitter intro to flavors..lots of a bittering hops, some acidic natured malt aspects, licorice, and bittermelon. Shit that’s just a weird beer...now I feel that alcohol hit too...way too much abrasiveness for the style in my opinion, which ironically is the opposite of Amon Amarth’s issues. This is gonna be a difficult bottle to finish, but ima try. \m/
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is black with a massive dark brown head. Aroma is fruity hops, chocolate milkshake, tobacco, lightly smokey. Flavor is rich cocoa, more fruity hops, a trace of smoke. Palate is rich, clean, oily, creamy. Excellent. Not my favorite style but I really enjoyed this.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL thanks to tastybeer. The pour is a dark brown to near black with a towering coffee brown head. Nice retention and large webby lace. Nose out of the bottle is fruity melons, kumquat, tropical fruits, with savory meat and cocoa like a very serious Black IPA. Taste is richer, bitter, fruity, melon heavy, spicy, mild pepper, lots of body. Palate is rich, clean, full. Feels like a spot on heavy Black IPA. Very nice- more like a spicier and melon heavy version of Stone Sublimely Self Righteous. Very good stuff.
jtclockwork (12133) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to secret santa. Awesome beer! Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of roast cocoa, toasted black malt, light smoked malt and vanilla. Dry lightly smoked ash bitter finish. Medium body.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
ONly very slightly disappointed yet still fantastic. I think I would have enjoyed a bit more "smokey" quality....i think I admired the label too much and got psyched up about the dragon and dragon=fire and fire=smoke and smoke=awesome porter and so on. smooth, simple, nice balance. love it.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ragnarok. On tap at 3floyds... Pours are darker than cola hue and
topped with a light quickly dissipating off-white to beige head...
Cola dark fruit aroma with a touch of roast and chocolate that comes
through late. A touch hidden at first but soon develops there
afterwards... Flavors are an improvement with a honey roasted cocoa
nuttiness. Thin to medium bodied with a semi-bitterness towards the
TheEpeeist (3663) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick tan head. Nose is grapefruit, pine, tobacco, spruce and dark roast. Is this supposed to be a porter? Coating medium body with soft carb ending resiny. Taste is espresso, honey, orange peel and grapefruit. Finishes with lemon tea and quinine. I would call this a black IPA.
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of TheAlum. Thanks again! Deep brown black appearance with a dark brown head. Dark, roasty, charred malty nose. Creamy, quite piney hoppy, roasty, chocolate malty flavor. Piney, hoppy, roasty malty aftertaste. Nice brew that I wish I had regular access to.