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RATINGS: 814   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Thanks to Dave for the bottle! Poured deep brown with a bloody tint to it.. nice cap of milky-beige head stuck around for a while. The aroma picked up fresh earth, floral, and pine resin hoppage over toasted caramel and nutty malts.. warm and spicy on the back of the nose. The flavor found spicy, and, well, brassy hops per the description all the way through (mostly black pepper and resiny pine).. caramel and nutty sweetness again at the core.. bright hop kick and alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. overall just a bit too hot and abrasive, but otherwise tasty. I’d have another, and I’d like to see how it does with age.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (6927) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Really nothing special. More of a brown IPa and that means I should like it but the pervasive malt just kills it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Pours copper with thin white head. The mild aroma is a mix of earthy and spicy hops with some mild sweetness around the edges. The taste is fresh crisp citrus and spicy hops. Actually there are lots and lots of tasty hops here supported by a tenuously thin layer of malty sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Draft. Bronze beer with a light cream colored head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma. Grapefruit and malt flavor with caramel and a light twigginess. Medium body. Grapefruit and light pine lingers with caramel backing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear crimson tinged brown with thin white head. Big earthy malt, nice roast, caramel malt, and a bit of earthy hops. Medium bodied, lots of roast, dark char and toast. Nice big grapefruit on the finish with lingering roast notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2010
Bouteille, couleur ambre avec une mousse épaisse de ton blanc-cassé. Arôme, houblon avec note de grain donnant un nez un peu fermenté âpre de fleurs et de sapin. Goût est malt grillé avec de longues notes de houblon citronné, le tout est suivit de malt grillé et caramel. Le fini reste plus sur l’amertume et le houblon avec un palais sec et qcq notes de pamplemousse. Pas mauvaise, mais loin d’être ma préférée du style Black IPA. Je trouve la présence du houblon un peu trop forte et cela entache le côté malt qui ne ressort pas trop. Peut être avec un peu d’age, le houblon s’estompera.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (6483) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 30, 2009
On tap. Poured a clear dark burgundy with an off-white head that laced nicely. Aroma had strong pine notes with undertone of both roasted malt and citrus. Flavor was more balanced with the pine notes balancing with the roasted malts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 26, 2009
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Pours mahogany/brown with a tan head. Smells of resin, caramel, some light fruit. Tastes sticky and sweet with some peppery splashes and an earthy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6304) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Pours reddish brown with a very generous beige head and a gingerbread aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor with significent hop bitterness. The flavor is quite unique and improves as the beer warms.


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