shamansurf (2) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2012 does not count
Off the charts. My favorite beer ever. Still looking for it on shelves but I’ve cleaned out my local shops. Solid brew, heavy but hopped heavy for some lilt in the mouth feel. Blackberry, blueberry, oaky malt, an almost medicinal feel on the palate and it seems to have restorative properties for the body. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Black with a fizzy off white head. Very pleasant aroma blending roasted malts and hops with a nice floral rose quality and layered with chocolate and caramel syrup through out. Paradox would better describe the palate being both thick and not too heavy with a healthy chewy aspect. A roasty chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla, and licorice taste with dark woody tanins lingering in the finish. Certainly, one of the finest black lagers I have ever tasted. randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Pours a black head with a coffee color head.Tste is hopped up big time with tasty chocolate flavors all over.I love these colabos alot!!This one works and the best way to describe it is as a strange yet great brew!! DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Bottle ($8) from La Bodega in Riverside...Pours black with a creamy eggshell colored head... First thing I picked up in the aroma is sweet cream. After that I get some caramel but I don’t notice any hops.. None the less I really like the way this one smells.. Flavor upfront is sweet citrusy hops that really linger with you.. Roasted malts, burnt toast with some black coffee bitterness.. Super smooth carbonation that goes down way too easy.. My favorite of the three colaboration brews so far.. Bravo! WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Pours midnight Mahogany. Thick, persistent head. The nose is deceptive. Deceptively massive that is. I know there was no barrel aging but i am getting big doses of vanilla and coco. Loads of candied nuts, pecan pie maybe. Palate is lighter than u would expect on the nose, but seems to linger longer too. it is pilsner though right? Rich and smooth though. Nice bitters backing up the bigger flavors. Pilsner-esque dare i say. But over that it is dense and layered. Bitter chocolate, slightly boozey, coconut, what a crazy combo, the interaction of the massive hop bill and the massive malt of the dark malt totally recreate the qualities that barrel aged beer have. this beer is spot on. Well done.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Corby112 gave a great description of this wonderful beer! I can only add what was going on in my head as I consumed and enjoyed and thought about the taste ....."this was $6"??? Don’t get me wrong it is worth it but the law of diminishing returns kicks in VERY FAST. mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a large tan head with good retention and moderate lacing. Aroma is initially citrus (lemon, grapefruit), but some dark chocolate, sweet cream and toasted bread comes through as it warms along with a touch of alcohol and some sort of very subtle metallic lager characteristic. Flavor is fantastically smooth with a decent bitterness, citrus, some light coffee and dark chocolate. malt dominant, but a touch of dryness comes through in the finish. Velvety smooth palate with generous carbonation. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
12oz bottle, @ RFD Washington DC. Pours dark brown in color with thin white head. Aroma citrus hops, roasted malt and chocolate. Taste Hops, hops, hops, roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate with bitter finish. brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
A: Black with about one finger of mocha colored foam.
S: They weren’t lying when they said this is a hoppy beer. Enormous amounts of grapefruit aroma, a slight pineyness, perhaps a bit of tropical fruits, and hardly anything else.
T: A great tropical fruit sweetness, grapefruit, and a great bitterness. The roasted malt also makes an appearance here, but it is definitely overshadowed.
M: Lackluster, but hey, it’s a pilsener. Light body, a slick feeling on the tongue.
D: The amazing citrus and fruit qualities along with a pleasant amount of bitterness make this a beer I’m glad to drink (if only it wasn’t $7 a bottle). doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
On-tap at Stone yesterday. This is the best new beer I’ve had in a while. Pours black with a big, big bubbled, offwhite head, good lace. Smells of big dark fruits, slightly roasty, very good. Can’t say I ’ve smelled a beer quite like it before. Tastes roasty overall but with lots of dark, fruity, malty goodness and a little bit of chocolate. Nice. Medium/full body, good carbonation.