Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub in Little Rock, AR. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is richer chocolates with floral grapefruits and citruses, some light pine resins, a bit of an earthiness, and a nice roast backing. Flavor is similar. Lots of citrus grapefruits with a bit of a juiciness up front with some florals and a solid chocolate backing. Light pine resins and a moderate roast comes in before this finishes dry, pretty earthy, and moderately bitter with some nice citruses, roasts, and a light sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a soft, smooth, medium body and a very soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty damn good Black IPA and hands down the best beer I’ve had from Vino’s to date. Lots of citruses, a nice roast and chocolate balance, and a firm earthy bitterness. This new brewer is starting to dial in this system nicely. Well done.
Fatehunter (2152) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served in a 11 oz. Bavarian style pilsner glass. Thin head with a pitch black body.
Smell of roasted/toasted malt with a hint of chocolate. Really nice.
Taste has a good roasted malt and cream to it. Bitter bite in the middle to end. Finishes with a mix of dry bitterness and chocolate.
Thicker body with low carbonation.
Really enjoyable and drank like a lower ABV beer.