blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, by trade with beachbum25, amber color with a good sweaty hop aroma, flavors of caramelly bitter grapefruit, malty bitter finish
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep copper, large foamy beige head, nice lacing.   Darker than expected.   Musty grainy nose, soft citrus bitterness, a little peat or charred wood.   Tangy sweetness up front, hoppy but not biting, some of that white bits that come on the inside of oranges.   Background has a slight musty graininess to it, something that I dont really care for.   Body and mouthfeel are decent, a little bubbley up front, smooth on the backside.   Lingering grainy maltiness.   A little bit more of floral or citrus sweetness would make this a much better beer.   As is, its decent.
HogTownHarry (5977) - 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.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: Lots of caramelized malts and lots of citrusy resinous hops. Awesome bastard American hoppy ale.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase.
The look: Clear dark ruby body with some paticles. Small persistent beige head leaving lots of lacings
In long: Nose has resinous citrusy hops and light notes of pine-tree over some caramel. Taste of biscuit malts (plain cookies) dipped in rich caramel, red and dark berries-like fruitiness, some barley candy notes, lots of citrusy hops with a strong resinous character. Bitterness is quite assertive but not too aggressive. Looooonnnnngggg after-taste of caramel and resinous hops. For a so-called Black IPA the roastiness level is relatively low. A lot of slightly toasted caramelized malts but not that much roastiness per say. This is not a problem at all and it just makes this awesome beer stands out from the new crop of similar Black IPAs. Or is it really a Black IPA? (Black IPA is the current ratebeer style as of this writing). Wow, entering this rating for this great beer makes me want to have another beer. And if there’s anything worse going on right now in the world than me being thirsty and sitting comfortably in front of my computer and my beer cellar being at the other side of the living room, I’d like to hear about it.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/20/11. 12oz bottle. Brown pour, reds under the light, with a thick, frothy tan head that cuts in half and laces in sporadic sheets. Bold hop aroma of pine, citrus, a bit of cattiness, and underlying touches of chocolate. Somewhat sweet entry with milk chocolate, citrus, pine, and lingering roast. At first read, that sounds terrible - but it’s pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, burning.
marcus (5886) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
after4ever (5856) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Pours a murky dark amber with bright medium toffeeish amber at the edges. Loose tan head that falls away within a minute or two, even without touching it. Big redolent grapefruit and pine nose, very sharp, oily, and aggressive. Impressively forward for a high-distro year-round release, even from a brewery with craft and creativity close to its heart. Creamy medium body with tons of lively carb and a nice oily, acidic bite (there’s probably even a bit of carbonic bite to go along with the hop acid bite as well, but those little pinches between the cheek and gum get hard to tease apart after a while). Toast, caramel, pine, and grapefruit on the mid-palate, with a long ashy pine resin finish. Very nice session IPA.
deyholla (5849) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Svesse (5806) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, hoppy nose with caramel, dark fruit, chocolate and fresh citrussy hops. Malty taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, a touch of cocoa and a fresh, citrussy bitterness in the finish. Well balanced and tasty beer combining the nutty, malty character of brown ales and the fruity, hoppy character of an IPA. Not an easy thing to accomplish, but this is quite excellent. Nice one.
blankboy (5739) - 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.