tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - DEC 30, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong coffee and chocolate coupled with cereal graininess in the nose overpowering any hop character. Clear deep tan-gold body is topped by a decent and long lasting off white head that laces well. Flavour is as the aroma suggests. Coffee and chocolate are up front with a long espresso-like bitterness in the finish. Medium full body with moderate to strong carbonation. Quite drinkable but seems more like a light porter than an IPA. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at the BCLS at Hellsgate in December 2012.
paganwinter (8) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2016 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very alluring aroma, alluding to the intense flavors this brew has to offer. Strong citrus scent.
Amber appearance, very frothy.
Pine, almonds and grapefruit assault the tongue before lending afternotes of chocolate.
Fizzy on the tongue, medium body.
Overall a great beer, very refreshing and bursting with flavors.
piscator34 (2198) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Burnt orange in colour with medium carbonation. Lots of floaties at the bottom that I managed to avoid. Aromas are of strong espresso, a bit of pine bark and even less white grapefruit peel. Decidedly espresso forward in the mouth, along with some evergreen astringency. Fairly bitter and somewhat lighter bodied than expected. I’ve had other examples of coffee infused IPAs before, but this one seems the least balanced.
UXO (1125) - CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Appearance: clear medium amber with two fingers of rocky ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (2/5) Aroma: overwhelmingly strong coffee grounds, not much else. (3/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-strong bitter. (3/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, harsh astringent finish. (2/5)
Starts off really quite unpleasant: harsh coffee ground aromas (as in, grounds in the trash) that then persist through the glass. Doesn’t improve with warming or acclimatization. I tried to like this, but I pretty rapidly hit the point of “screw and dump it”. Really quite surprisingly nasty, to the point that I can’t reconcile what I’m seeing, with other reviews. Avoid this at all costs. (6/20)
northropfrye (2973) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange body, off-white bubbly head, nice lacing. Strong aroma of coffee, as you’d expect in a coffee-based imperial stout. Taste is also coffee, obviously, but a touch of sweetness, resin, dry bitter finish, some nuttiness. Over all looks like an IPA but tastes like a coffee stout. Not a lot in the way of IPA taste, really. Still, I think it was surprisingly successful.
ljthiessen (969) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep murky amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is citrus and tropical fruit with roasty coffee. Taste is weird - some nice citrusy IPA notes, but kind of overwhelmed by coffee - flavourful but pretty weird. Doesn't really come together.
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy copper with a bunch of suspended sediment, a medium sized off white head and a bunch of lace. Aroma is espresso, nutty, almond milk, treacle, and citrus/tropical fruit. Flavour is espresso, medium-high bitterness, citrus, treacle, and some nutty almond notes. We’ll balanced and really enjoyable.
Reimer96 (1731) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow I wasn’t expecting this beer to be this well balanced! Aroma of coffee, citrus, grapefruit, almond milk and treacle. Taste is treacle, almond milk, citrus, grapefruit, resin, bitter espresso in the finish. Nice dry finish for such a full bodied complex beer that has a great balance of espresso, hops and malts...a trifecta!
AgentAle (1309) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is lightly roasted malts, honey and most of all strong espresso. Taste is honey, roasty malts. Finishes with moderate bitterness, espresso and coffee. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
Cruzer (103) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dear god, I totally did not think this would be a good combination, but hooooooly hell was it good. Pours cloudy amber, medium head with plenty of lacing. Aroma of citrus, nuts, pine. Plenty of coffee taste, with notes of citrus, toffee, nuts, spices, and just the right amount of hops to make this a perfect blend.
jonas (6405) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy orange Amber, offwhite lace. Minerally espresso aroma with hop overtones, which seems weird. comes together on the palate: roast, Berrylike coffee notes, almost but not quite vegetal notes, broad hop profile. Mellow medium full creamy body. Dark Ipa without the "dark" and with some unusual complexity. Interesting