douglas88 (9630) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2013
Growler thanks to the Boise crew. Pours a dark brown color with a medium white head. An excellent fruity nose with light chocolates. The flavor comes across as a massive very fruity, light resiny hop forward brew, some lighter chocolate and roast. Excellent. beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2013
On tap. Black pour with an off white top. Scent is citrus and pine with roasted malts. Taste is roasted malt and then a staggering amount of hops, piney bitter finish. Love it! neepsntatties (2041) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Got to try a sample of the ’08 Stranahan’s whisky barrel version of this from a growler that someone brought to the 2010 pre Fred-Fest tasting at the home of, "hannont". Colour... amber-brown with no head. Nose... HOLY HOPS!! Palate... opens with a nice shot of whisky then follows with loads of flagellatingly sinful hops, scorched pine bark, grapefruit skin extractives and a finish that just won’t quit! SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2010
From notes. Black double ipa. Reminds me of a more drinkable version of Stone XI. Excellent. Need to rerate this. raphael (1291) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2009
At Belmont station they said the alcohol was 11%. And calling this a double ipa is oddm bt where else could you put. More hybrid styles springing out all the time, Big hop aromy\a, floral, with resin. Abundant brown head over darkest brown. Light and smooth inthe mouth, but a little turbulent. Strong hop flavor, with oak, cherry, roast malt and alcohol. burnt finish, warming.
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Tap @ Belmont Station... Poured deep, almost black. Insanely citrus, hoppy nose. Acidic and high alpha bitterness that assaults the palate. Slightly roasted malts, but nearly completely muffled by the high IBUs. Not an unbalanced mess though. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2008
On tap at Barley Browns in Baker City, OR (thanks to Tyler and Shawn for this one!)--Poured a bright orange amber body with a wispy white head and lots of legs on the glass. Hop monster with lingering bitterness and big floral presence. Not as overwhelming as their IPA with bittering hops. At least it didn’t seem that way until I got my growler home and my head starting tingling from all the alphas. Yum! boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 15, 2007
A vigorous pour yields a thin, light khaki head that’s soapy and sparkling, mostly diminishing. The body is very dark brown with mahogany tints. The aroma is chock full of evident bitterness and astringency, with heapings of grapefruit and overflowing pine. In this instance, excess smells terrific. Toasted grains are accompanied by lesser roasted ones. Mild chocolate, coffee are noted as well. No notable flaws, nothing offensive. Alcohol is very concealed. This is quite close to greatness. The flavor introduces a thick, intricate and consistent malt profile that has massive hoppiness interwoven with nice moderate sweetness and minor roast. Carbonation, though a touch on the high side, is adequate and pleasant. The body is medium and smooth. Finishes, toasty, hoppy with ample resiny bitterness. For the size and scope of this it’s really balanced - mainly due to the darker malts and heavy caramelization. Awesome. This doesn’t need work, but with a few minor tweaks this could hang with just about anything. More complexity and this would be a surefire contender every time. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Sampled on tap and handbottled. Extremely dark chestnut brown with a tan head. Robust hop aroma - a lot of grapefruit, but a floral undertone - and a bit of nuttiness way in the back. A very light roastiness with a vicious hop wallop behind, mostly grapefruit rind. Great in the bottle, fantastic fresh. A well done brew - mad hops, but the dark character adds something interesting. CheesedMan (572) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Again, it is the pimpest m.f. er, Jayg. Pours an intesley black-brown color. Aroma is dark malt and citrus hop. Some resinous notes do come through. Flavor is very "roasty", with a nice hop bite. There is a touch of coffee like bitterness as well.