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RATINGS: 815   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Enjoy the ‘twilight’ for the bright and brassy hops!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2009
I didn’t have the slightest clue what kind of beer this was when I bought it, so I was a little surprised when it came out so dark. The head is thick and sticky and the body is a perfectly clear dark mahogany. The aroma smells sharply of hops and the flavor has a nice burst of cocoa and toast. The bitterness in the finish is perhaps a little bit unbalanced, but overall a very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Pours dark ruby with a thick beige head. Aroma is plum and fresh hop resin, very dank. Taste is bitter grapefruit, pine and balanced well by thick sweet malt. Medium body and smooth carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
12 oz draft served in a clear pint glass at The Brass Rail. Pour was a dark ruddy brown with two fingers of light beige head. Nose was powerful citrusy hops, floral bouquet, malt, and a bit of pine. Taste was strong hops, but the malt and citrus mellowed the burst from flaring, to slow and steady; it also hid the respectable ABV very nicely. Not my favorite double IPA out there, but still a pretty good offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oOJUXEOo (285) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
On tap at Tony’s Place in Ivyland. Color is a deep rich red / brown. Head is not strong. Smells of hops hit your nose. Maybe Crystal hops? I would say this beer is more hop heavy than malt. Alcohol is well hidden under hop kick.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crackedmachine (471) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pours dark, ruddy brown with a foamy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of malt and spicy hops. Flavor is heavy on the spicy hops, but the dark malts balance it out very nicely. Lively palate with a bitter, lasting finish, and some warming alcohol. This is indeed a very hoppy beer, and a nice change of pace from the fruitier hop profile of some of the West Coast IPAs I typically drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4930) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009
An inviting pour, this beer is dark brown with plenty of red highlights and a big tan head that has excellent retention. The aroma is also welcoming with chocolate and toffee malt and hop notes of pine and citrus. My impression is of an old world feel but with West Coast American hops. Those hops assert nicely. The chocolate flavor doesn’t so much compliment as attack different taste buds providing a multi sensory drinking experience. It is almost like drinking two very different beer styles at the same time. With warmer temps the hops became more assertive. This is a bold beer, as bold as many impys and a bit too much for my taste. Interesting, flavorful, and unique, though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3209) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pour is a dark brown with a huge beige head. Aroma is a very heavy malt with some oily hops and a nice toffee. Flavor is a very big malt followed by the oily, resiny hops profile. Finish leaves a some citrus hop and a nice chocolate malt on the tounge. If there ever was a beer to fit into the American strong ale category this would be it. Overall a pretty good beer with lots of flavor but one in an evening would be just fine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Thanks 17thfloor! Pours a deep ruby red with a small creamy off white froth. Aroma is excellent sweet fruits, tropical, peach, sort of like a fruit salad. I pick up some licorice as well but just a little. There’s a nice sweet caramel and maybe a hint of chocolate that cooperates with the hops. Flavor starts with a surprisingly chocolate character, some roasted nuttiness that fades into the same peachy hops in the finish. FInish moderately bitter and dry and some bitter chocolate lingers. Medium body and a soft but tingling carbonation. Interesting beer, seems like a black IPA to me

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1356) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Wonderful piney hop aroma, with just a touch of roast hiding in there. Pours a dark reddish-amber, with a big full light tan head. Crisp hop flavor, balanced by the roasted and chocolate notes of the malt. Finishes with a long lingering bitter note. An amazingly tasty beer, and one I’m glad I can get my hands on.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2009
From a 12oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 47°. Color is a deep rich amber with good carbonation and a nice tan head. Aroma is a bright fresh floral hop scent. It starts with a lighter medium body and fizzy mouth feel that goes down sharp. Finish comes out of the sharp feel with grapefruit zest and pine sap then a bold bitterness. After taste is more bitterness as the citrus lingers on. Not the brew they described, there is almost no malt coming out, its just all hops and citrus.


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