mjs (5364) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Gallows Bird, 20120523) The beer poured deep amber and cloudy. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma was confusing with hops and coffee. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were coffee, hops, sweetness, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was greasy, malty bitter and with coffee. Not a good combination.
DocLock (8570) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid deep coppery orangy with 2-finger frothy loud head that says, "I’m going to stick coffee and 10+ % ABV and copious IBUs up your palate and nostrils and make you my bitch!" OK, beer, whatever, jerkoff. Nose is huge piney resiny hops, coffee, nuts, black pepper, malt. The aroma elements are intense, but do clash somewhat. Tastes of intense tropical fruity hops, citrus, black pepper, coffee, and the flavors meld a bit better than the aromas. Still, I can’t help but think that this one would have worked better as either a coffee beer or a double IPA.
Kristall-König (2498) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stark kaffeeröstiger Geruch unterlegt mit Zitrusnoten. Startet zunächst süßlich. Dann stark röstig, kaffeeartig bitter. Im Abgang süßlich, stark bitter, trocken mit Aromen von Grapefruit und Mandarine. Super.
arkurzynski (1815) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by motortoddhead. Deep hazy brown-amber in color with frothy tan head. Skunky citrus hops and moderate coffee in the nose. Flavor starts herbal/citrus hops with green, earthy coffee in the middle and finishes back with musty hoppiness. Some residual caramel and coffee. Very different.
ryanfolty (2103) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: May 18, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: AV3 Description: Opaque brownish orange pour with large head. Aroma was a slightly roasted crappy cup of coffee with some citrus hops. Taste was very interesting, had the sweet malty start, followed by the citrus hops and then the cheap coffee finish. Smooth and medium to full bodied. A nice experiment, but the quality of the coffee needs to be dialed up.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of coffee, espresso, light nuts, burnt grain, and roasted malt. Poured deep orange/brown in color with a large, rocky head, frothy, creamy, head that diminished, became dense, and lasted throughout. Opaque. Very sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of coffee, espresso, slight cream, burnt malt, and some nuts. Medium body. Sticky, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Slightly sweet, medium bitter, espresso, burnt grain, slight cream finish is dry. 10.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy amber with a fizzy, light-tan head. Aroma is a surprisingly natural, pleasant mix of coffee and citrus DIPA, with the coffee winning out. Flavor follows suit, but the mix does not work quite as well as in the aroma. Assertive coffee grounds, alongside grapefruit, pine, and lingering nuttieness and cereal. Unexpectedly light and drinkable considering the strength. I get the impression that this would be a fantastic DIPA if not for the coffee. With the coffee, it is still a legitimately good DIPA. However, with each sip, I yearn to try the coffee-free version, "Overall".
harrisoni (15314) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cl bottle from my good friend Martin for being his Best Man. Hazy dark brown colour with lasting beige rocky head. Coffee and big hoppy aroma. Wow that is a really big hoppy DIPA. With a hint of coffee. That is a hell of a DIPA. It’s really good. Not much heat on end, just a bit of burn. It’s smooth as hell. Wow this is a really good beer.
PhillyCraft (4067) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Split with Pat on the way down the shore. Pours cloudy dark orange. Aromas of espresso, weasel, peach, roasty grains. Taste is smoked, rye, wood, grains, honey, coffee, pine. A very interesting ipa from the Danish brewer.
Idiosynkrasie (5010) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Hazy amber colour with huge frothy lacing off-white head. Fruity hop aroma with coffee and cappuccino notes in the background, increasing grainy touch with diminishing head. Fruity taste with balanced sour- and sweetness, a grainy coffee touch, dry, slightly alcoholic finish.