HogTownHarry (6372) - 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 (9154) - 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
Radek Kliber (6869) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coles – Rare Beer Festival
Appearance: dark brown with ruby look , minimalistic .
Nose: Malty , brown feel with light clean hoppy touch. Good. 7+
Flavor/Palate :strong hop feel. Bitter with short malty follow up. Straight bitter brew fm Victory. Good but not great.
Sammy (10317) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Coles rare beer fest, a Black IPA. A sub-style I like, exceeding on this day the Phillips I have enjoyed from British Columbia. Its black, a west coast IPA with some shwartzbeer character. Lots of lace. C-hop in aroma not over the top.Above verage mouthfeel.
tomthompson89 (1968) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
at Cole’s rare beer fest, dark brownish color although was dark in the bar when i had it, small ring of foam. nose is hoppy with lotsa bitterness not alot of malt... flavor is resiney bitter... some malt but not balanced for my liking...
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Cole’s. Ruby/brownish body, thin ring of head. Nose is big hop bitterness, some kind of honey malts, a little roast. Flavor is quite hoppy without enough to balance it out. Light roasted malt. Meh.
blipp (7586) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Deep amber brown with a beige head. Sweet hops in the aroma, with a touch of roasted malt and herbal notes. The flavor has floral hops, pine needles, and finishes with a nice roasty bitterness. Very nice.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Mcmenamin’s. Dark brown slight reddish hue when held to the light. Thin tan head. Fizzy aroma. Some citrus notes. Flavor is very dry - some roasted malt flavors and bitterness. Dry, bitter astringent finish. Not entirely pleasant.
LilBeerDoctor (3581) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2013 On tap at Tria. Pours dark brown with a small thick tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops. Flavor of roasted malt with a slight citrusy finish. Astringent and a harsh palate. Just a little too harsh and bitter for me.
Update 2/1/13: On tap. Pours a clear brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops, grassy hops. Flavor is super hoppy, with some dark roasted malts, but plenty of grassy and garlicky hops and a touch of roasted nuts. Great black ipa, very enjoyable the 2nd time around.
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at David Copperfields. Creamy brown beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy and herbal. Spicy with a soft cocoa base and a bit of orange peel. Very bright and hop-laden. Spicy and herbal with a lot of pithy resinous bitterness and a kiss of smokiness as well. Warming intensifies the zesty hoppiness and a spiciness. Sticky resinous finish. A hit of cocoa and light caramel gives the malts a bit of intrigue. Pretty interesting.