tomthompson89 (1903) - 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 (2341) - 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 (6148) - Newark, New Jersey, 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 (473) - 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 (3504) - 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 (8510) - 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.
Arayaga2 (1796) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cola brown / black with ruby undertones and a tall taupe head. Powerful resinous citrus aroma with a second note of roast. Taste is similar with intense grapefruity presence that translates directly into hoppy mouthfeel. Again, the roast plays second note with chocolate backed by the pithy bitterness of the hops. $5/13oz
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Capones. Dark cola brown with a smooth tan head. Nose is orange and caramel with hints of chocolate and cat pee. Medium body with crisp carb to soften the resin. Taste is candied orange peel, grapefruit, caramel and melon. Juicy and sticky with lemon zest in the finish. Delicious.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 Pours a very deep mohagany/brown color body with a super sticky off white head. The aroma is very roasty with some really nice hop notes and some earthy tobacco. The flavor is a complex blend of coffee, walnuts, grapefruit, pine needles, mild cigar, and subtle oranges. Very drinkable. A very nice surprise.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 Draught at Victory: Aroma of hops, grapefruit, pine, slight caramel malt, light toasting, slight resin, slight chocolate, and citrus. Poured brown/ruby in color with a medium-sized, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, light chocolate, malts, pine, spruce, citrus, slight tobacco, light resin, citrus, and a hint of salt. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy, bitter, light resin finish.