DuffMan (7540) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark walnut brown with a tight beige head that shows decent retention and leaves high on the glass. Aroma and flavour is all about the Cascade: citrus rind and resin in abundance. There isn’t much roast or burnt malt character-- just enough to attenuate any meaningful sweetness. Really this drinks like any well-made West Coast IPA, it just looks impressively dark. The hops are what make this beer good, the black malts are almost superfluous.
cblado (271) - Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep, mahogany brown. Foamy tan head. Aroma is mostly a piney hops, with malt overtones. Flavor is very hoppy up front ,with malt overtones and a malt aftertaste. Malty for an IPA. It feels a bit thicker than a usual IPA as well. Overall, a great beer.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pour was fairly dark with a light tan head. Aroma was of citrus and light spicy hop. If my eyes were closed, I would not guess that this beer was colored the way it was for there was hardly any burnt or roasted flavors. It seems like there was just enough black malt added to darken the beer but not quite enough for much flavor. It is a very well blended IPA, but if one was to travel to this unique area of a beer style, I would have liked to have seen them take it a bit further and combine the full roast flavor with a bitter IPA.
marcus (7217) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with an attractive tan head and a sweet toasty chocolate aroma. The flavor is roasted malt with subtle chocolate and residual bitterness. Not like any other IPA I have tried, but interesting and tasty.
jake65 (2851) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark chestnut brown pour with a large, creamy tan head. Resembles a porter. Strong nose is citrus, that’s about it. Tastes roasty with light sweeter notes from citrus and chocolate. Nice finish is sweet and lingering citrus hops. Lightly nutty. Different, but good.
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Blue Door Pub, St. Paul, MN. Quite dark -- obsidian colored, almost. Decent lacing and a mocha colored head. Aroma is subtle pine hops and some light roasted malts. Flavor-wise, the same notes as the aroma are present, but the beer is surprisingly watered-down tasting, with low flavor intensity. Watery, to be sure. However, there is a creaminess to it that attempts to make up for the lack of flavor body, but it’s not enough to finish the job.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle left at my house. Decided to drink. Not bad. Peppery bitter hops on the tongue. Some burnt malt. Tasty!
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malt aroma paired with citrus hops with the appearance of a porter. Dark brown to black but not completely opaque. Hints of coffee and lingering bitterness. A little one note like though and a tad watery. Interesting style.
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not a lot of hops in the aroma. Nice black color. Flavor isn’t overly hoppsy, but is in fact pretty tasty. A bit chewy. Good beer.
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Safeway. Dark red-black, clear pour, with tan head which fades to a moderate coarse lace. Slightly chemical aroma, with an unusual mix of spruce, pepper and toasted malt in a light body. Mouth feel is lightweight. Not smooth enough or low-enough ABV for a session beer, and the overall impression is ’interesting for one pint and then move on.’