Ernest (6149) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2010
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin), with notes of car tires, canned black olives, plastic, acetone.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, very unclean.
Light body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent.
Scary bad. Things start off unpleasantly with a host of chemical odors that result in a wince at every single whiff. In the mouth, things get even worse, if that is possible...exceptionally thin and watery, with an extremely dirty aftertaste that literally provokes a gag reflex. I wish I was exaggerating, I really do. Looks nice, but otherwise absolutely wretched.
TwoSipDip (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at the brewery. Dark red/brown appearance. Slightly hoppy aroma that is more dominated by the chocolate malts. Initially a chocolate malty flavor followed by the characteristic rye taste and finally the bitterness of the hops on the finish.
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Capones-Norristown bottle store. Delicious beer, the ranking it received from the editor is too low in my opinion. Pours a chocolate like brown, with a lacing tan head. Aroma is out of this world. With a unique blend of citrus sweetness and bitter coffee. Taste is outstanding, it has a blend of flavors that is hard to describe, one sip you taste the citrus like bite, second sip you might taste the hint of a smoke like finish, the third could suprise you with the coffee bitterness you get from a good stout. I love this beer. Highly recommended.
wchesser (1114) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewery. Thick frothy head dark porter like color. Nice resiny nose and malt. Terrific balance between roasted malts, rye, and hops. Finishes clean and slightly sweet. One of their best beers.
DialSquare (2526) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from andersons in toledo. Deep brown pour with a finger or so tan head. Aroma is toasty caramel, herbal hops. Tastes of toast, brown sugar and pine hops. Malt comes through in slightly dry finish. Medium to light palate. Pretty good - not blown away by all these new black ipaís so far.
JStax (2853) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a glass from a 16.9 ounce bottle. Appearance is a dark brown with a thick tan head that lingers a long while. Aroma is black coffee and hops. Some malt comes through, but not much. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma with coffee as the dominant taste and hops playing a secondary role. Heavy on the palate, but that comes with the rye IPA profile.
Trev (1885) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown pour with ruby highlights and a nice thick creamy tan head.
aroma is chocolate maltiness, herbal/citrusy hop in there as well.
Flavour has a grainy sourness to it, definitely get the rye, along side light chocolatey/coffee roasted malt, and a citrusy hop presence.
unclemattie (4128) - Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tall and skinny 16oz bottle. Dark brown pour, tan foamy head. Aroma is of loads of earthy cocoa powder and wooded hops and a touch of citrus. Sharp hop extract flavor, lots of resin and saffron spice. Finishes with a bit of pepper, burnt rye, and more of that wooded hop bitterness. Tastes like my 1st homebrew. I over hopped it and burnt the malt syrup. It didnít pass on my standards, although everyone else told me it was passable. So far the best tasting Tommyknocker Iíve suffered through. Yet another Tommyknocker failure to my palate.
Suttree (5041) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer made me sad. I like rye, I like IPAs in general. But this one had a weird, medicinal or I donít know tonic water? Maybe? flavor that ran throughout and really distracted from enjoying the beer. Some coffee and pine in there, but I can only conclude that this beer doesnít like me.
Tmoney99 (10445) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy hop and toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.