snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Naked City’s Victory Night for SBW. Pours dark red with a decent off-white head. Strong barleywine-like hoppy strawberry caramel aroma and taste. Smooth with a malty pine finish.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1966-20090124] Tap. Heavy orange hops aroma has candy and mild sweaty citrus notes. Clear, dark red brown body with a quick foamy light tan head. Sweet boozy orange hops flavour has bitter fruity hops throughout. Medium-full body. Heavy and bitter.
(@ Cole’s; Buffalo, NY)
adrian910ss (2399) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at GL. Pours a dark yet clear burgundy color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of grapefruit and tangy hops. Taste of dark grapefruit with lots of hops. Quite tangy.
blankboy (6412) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at ’Cole’s Rare Beer Fest’, Buffalo, NY. Pours a very deep ruby, almost brown, with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma’s a bit roasty along with lots of hops and notes of cocoa, chocolate and citrus fruit. Flavour’s sweet, slightly sugary, lightly roasted and fruity -- it reminds me of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange along with lots of hops. Finish is quite bitter. Average to medium bodied. Very good, I quite enjoyed it.
Gorbalev (2988) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Cole’s rare beer fest, Buffalo. Aroma is very hoppy with some malt and alcohol. Very dark brown with not much of a head. Taste is again very hoppy. Body is well carbonated if on the light to medium side. Some really nice malt in here and certainly one of the better black IPA type beers I have tried.
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark ipa. looks more like a porter. solid hop flavor and aroma, lightly sweet. an interesting beer. worth tasting.
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at coopers. dark red pour with a nice off white head. Aroma of hops, oak. taste is nice balanced hops, with some oak on the aftertaste. Pretty good.
swoopjones (6629) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Coles Rare Beer Fest. Pours a brown with reddish maroon hues. Piney resiny hop aroma with caramel m,alt sweetness. Taste is again piney resiny hops. Sweet malts, Nice bitterness in the finish, Slight chemical wierdness to it, Pretty good
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. At Cole’s Rare Beer Fest, January 2009. Clear deep amber pour, with an average off-white head. Dry, medium-roast somewhat grainy malt, and plenty of resin/herbal bitterness. The taste delivered plenty of up-front resiny bitterness, with an overlay of generic light fruit and almost candyish sweetness. Average body, strong carbonation, with a long, bitter, sticky finish - solid, a terrific change of pace amid all the stouts - didn’t knock my socks off though.
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009-01-24. Dark brown body with a modest beige head. (3+) Very green hop aroma, like fresh hop pellets. Lovely. (8+) Flavour has a fresh hop character up front, some dark malt in the middle, moderate bitterness throughout, lingering green hops in the aftertaste. (8+) Smooth average plus palate. Nice! Hit the right buttons at the right time. Tap at Coles Rare Beer Fest, Buffalo