can8ianben (1343) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woah! Crazy hop bomb with HUGE malt backbone. Wow - everything is big here - even the alcohol presence. This is overkill in every way, but it doesn’t really feel undrinkable - more like something big to save for special occasions. I wonder if aging might improve the monster flavors.
BVery (6971) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Freakin’ Frog in Vegas. Dark brown pour with a big frothy cream head. Aroma and taste of bright citrus hop and malty chocolate. Very good.
Itzjerm (1401) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin head dark. Light aroma. Strong bitter, but not a hops bitter. More like a grass bitter. Overall main theme is a burnt flavor. Not bad, but I wouldn’t be proud of it.
Chuckaduck (670) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a big fluffy off-tan head. Aroma is citrus, spicy, earthy, fruity, very crisp. Taste is surprisingly mild with a subtle bitter alcohol aftertaste. Bitter, juniper, hoppy citrus, dark chocolate, nutty, creamy, a touch of licorice. Really clean mouth feel. Some lacing. Interesting; not as malty as I like my beers of this style. I won’t be buying a 4-pack but I would definitely order one in a bar.
gregwilsonstl (1143) - Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark. Very bitter, but balanced. Flowery. Hard wood. This is a very solid beer. Very bitter, but incredibly drinkable.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A friend of mine made a hoppy imperial stout which was nice but a bit unbalanced. This beer bridged the gap between a chocolate malty sweet beer with the right amount of hoppy goodness. Strong citrus aroma. So many good flavors here. Have to admit I was a bit rocked when I had this so I’m going out to get more.
luttonm (2431) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12Oz bottle. Sweet roast hop nose, roasty black body. Dry tart hop, roast malt. Heavy mix, alcohol warming. Tasty but odd style.
olio (6522) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas.
Pours black color with small head. Aroma of lemon, hops, mild malts and grass. Flavour of hops, malts, fruits and caramel. Nice.
ration (1971) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
250712. Tap at freakin frog, Las Vegas. Pours black with a medium head. Aroma hops. Strong bitter hoppy taste. Strong palate. Not Bad.
seymour (1478) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from a very stylish 12oz bottle, from Bullocks in Marietta, Georgia into a Willybecher glass. It poured an opaque black color with reddish tinged edges, huge rocky off-white foam, very long-lasting with lots and lots of Belgian lace. Really incredible appearance. Huge aromas too: citrusy and resiny American-style hops, bready malts, dark toast, coffee, cocoa nibs, roasted barley, fruity ale yeast esters, some black pepper. Perfectly balanced flavors: rich malt sweetness, profoundly tangy hops (but thankfully not overwhelmingly bitter), toasty, roasty and fruity. Medium body, strong carbonation, extremely complex, well-rounded mouthfeel. In my opinion, this recipe combines the very best aspects of a high-gravity black ale AND a double IPA. Almost unbelievably delicious, I really wish I’d brought more of this home to Missouri. C’mon distribution!