rlgk (15810) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at SBWF 2012. Dark amber beer with a quite nice lasting beige head. Chocolate aroma, hay, metal, grass, cocoa powder, fruity, hoppy, some caramel and licorice. Hoppy flavor, roasted, chocolate, cocoa, metal, caramel notes, fruity, licorice, some hay.
fezzy (105) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice creamy nitro stout-like head that sticks around, with a dark mahogany-brown appearance. Nose is pretty straightforward bright hoppy smell; hard to get the malts beneath, but a touch of roastiness. Lots of pine and citrus hop flavor upfront, transitioning to slightly burnt molasses and chocolate maltiness. Astoundingly smooth for such high IBUs, and alcohol content very, very well-disguised, with no real discernable ester bite. A shining high-gravity example of the style!
Brigadier (3410) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle
Another Utah tick compliments of Santa, this beer has been living in the fridge for the past two months while I make room. Cracking it open I was greeted to a solid and above average beer that strives for balance instead of just smashing you over the head with Hops Hops Hops!
Aroma / Appearance - The deep opaque ruby base absorbs almost all ambient light. Weathered strips of newspaper grace the top. Malt balls, chocolate powder, and a sharp hop bite play against each other as the malt bill competes for attention.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee cake and crisp hops invite further inspection. They continue to build over time to a warm glowing finish from the 9% body. Reminding me a bit of a hopped up porter the conflict between bitterness and ethanol.
jstraw (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with big, foamy, tan head / Nose of pine, roast barley, and citrus / Medium body, chewy, dry, excellent balance and bitter finish / Flavors of roast coffee, caramel, melon, grapefruit, and cut pine / Superb.
NikkTwist (2243) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black. No light shinning through at all. Light foamy head that left "stars" on my glass. Huge burnt flavors. Medium full body. Coffee grounds. Dark chewy chocolate. Burned red fruit. Flavors are deep and dark but in balance read a bit thin for some reason. Would make an awesome Russian Stout with some tweaking.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Beerilicious iphone app: Draft - Aroma of Chocolate and roasted malts. Yeast comes through with basement aromas. Black hazy color with frothy brown head. Medium Bitterness and light sourness from the yeast. Lively carbonation. Slick and creamy.
RedSox2004 (1553) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours apaque black with hints of mahogany highlights, medium head and very nice lace. Big juicy pine resin aroma accompanied by citrus, chocolate and roast. Flavors are similar,highlighted by the chocolate with a generous kick of bitterness. Wonderfully creamy and smooth mouthfeel - probably the highlight of this beer, minimal carbonation, full body, and a lingering sense of chocolate/espresso in the finish.
yomikelaw (1) - Nevada, USA - SEP 15, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I accidentally found this beer in a great bar. it is now my first order when I stop in...
tiong (5610) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Toronado, San Francisco
Pours pitch black with a large foamy head. Aroma of roasty malts, some fruits, salty licorice, chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasty and sweetish with some hints of herbal hops, fruits and a lot of salty licorice. Finish is smooth and fruity with hints of roastiness and licorice. Okay, quite roasty and salty black IPA.
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces an almost two finger thick, lightly brown head that leaves some light lacing as it subsides. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of savory browned whole grain, lots of nutty hemp notes, and a bright, candied berry and citrus character from an ample hopping. Soft aromas of woody pine, rosemary, hints of menthol, and lots of woody herbal notes are noticeable as well.
Somewhat creamy textured with enough sweetness to accentuate a ripe, hop-laden fruit character; this is offset by a nutty / herbal hemp note, a smooth bitterness, a woody herbal and pine like character and some lightly prickly carbonation. A lingering roasted malt character subtly influences the long finish; the nutty character is likely influenced by the hemp, as well as by the dark malt character. Soft savory notes from the dark malt character are accentuated by the nutty hemp notes. All the flavors here seem to be supporting notes for the balance whole; other specific individual components of tangerine zest, floral citrus blossoms, kumquat, lychee, espresso, smoothly burnt brown bread, nutty / spicy whole grain, and roasted caramel notes.
I have had a few of these over that past couple weeks, it is good enough that I keep on just drinking them instead of rating it. I have a visceral reaction to this beer that has me just sitting here and enjoying this beer quite a bit more than I perhaps would when adding up the individual components of this beer; though in truth, even those are quite tasty. The mix of hemp seeds and hop character works really well with the dark malt character; I like that the dark malt character only contributes a touch of roast character, as well as hints of nutty, brown grain like character that just boosts the complexity that much more. A thoroughly enjoyable beer that I am happy to drink quite a bit of. The aroma is a bit better balanced and characterful than the flavor, but this is fairly nice as well.