SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown/black with tan fizzy head. Aroma has some obvious chocolate mixed in with some piney hop. Flavor is a bit more subtle on chocolate, with some piney and citrusy hop blended in with a sharp hop weedy bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Overall, not bad.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) black with tan head. Roast malt and hops aroma. Flavor was roast malt, bitter coffee, floral/resiny hops.
BeerandBlues2 (10145) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear black with a large, frothy and fizzy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is spicy alcohol, roast and dark chocolate malt, earthy, pine, spruce, and grapefruit hops with plum and currant notes. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, supporting dark roasted malt and fruits with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black with a finely beaded tan head. Aroma of roast malt and floral hops. Firm hop bitterness, rich burnt carmel and espresso flavors, followed by more bittters, this time from the dark malts. Big, tasty, and well integrated flavors. Really nice.
jcwattsrugger (11233) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours black with a tight retaining light brown head and heavy lacing. Aroma is roasty dark malt, resin. Taste is resin/earthy hops with some bite, roasty dark malt.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a thick, dense onyx with a lingering head of beige that clings nicely to the glass. Nose is light mango with grapefruit and rose. Flavor is hoppy pine sap offset by a delicate sourdough and rose. Oily on the tongue. Wow; VERY tasty. Definite repeat. Love the pine backbone.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours clear chestnutty mahogany with 1-finger off-khaki head. Nose is roasty black patent malt, pine needly spruce, cacao, hops. Tastes a bit thin of palate, with rpasty malt matched by mid-palate resiny sprucey hops and some cacao and coffee in the finish.
jbruner (2508) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a translucent blackish brown on tap with thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, and that’s about it. Very strong on the coffee, slight bitter aftertaste that implies IPA. Meh.
bbaxter (12) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is hoppy and piney chocolate and coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and dry. Leaves a smokey after taste. Well done.
thegreenrooster (3310) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a slight hop with an even smaller malt presence. Flavor is a little better. A nice roasted malt, some sweetness and then comes a minor hop. This was more about the dark malts then showcasing the hops used.