clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Pours a deep dark brown with a frothy tan head that dissipates, but laces nicely. Aroma of roasty grain, coffee, and lots of herbal piney hops. Flavor is a beautiful balance of coffee, chocolate, roastiness and resinous hops, while not as hoppy as the IPAs that I like, maybe due to the dark malts, it has a nice solid hop presence that compliments the malt character. I don’t quite understand some of these low ratings. It seems as though hoppy yet dark roasty malted beers are popular right now and I have had none that are better than this one. Very enjoyable. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Black pour with tan colored head that settles into a ring around the glass. Roasty, hoppy aroma. Flavor of roast, chocolate, grapefruit, Strong, ashy bitter finish. It’s like eating a chocolate covered grapefruit, and the flavors don’t mesh together that well. It’s pretty different. Daytonbeer (730) - Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2009
I didn’t know what to expect from the beer, especially with such a confusing description on the bottle. Pour reminds me of a black lager or porter, but aroma is strong piny hops. The flavor is hoppy, then roasted malty with a hint of coffee. I’m surprised by the touch of citrus at the end. What kind of beer is this?...I’m confused (happily). amarcero (24) - , Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Like a lighter version of Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous. A nice roasty maltness with earthy/bitter hopping. Light bodied almost like a lager -- probably from the Belgian yeast. A bit expensive for what it is, but a nice experience. chawkfan (27) - USA - NOV 13, 2009
Nice offering. Aroma seems slightly off, but has a nice taste. Not what I expected. I don’t see this as a snifter type style. Slight alchol taste but not overbearing. Nice hint of hops but somewhat flat.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2009
12 oz. Bottle. Interesting color in the pour, like watered down squid ink. Takes on a pitch black color after settling in the snifter and has a very thin layer of foam that laces nicely. Aroma threw me for a bit of loss, the hops are virtually unnoticeable here and the nose is dominated by a crushing dry roastyness. Can almost detect some ash in the nose as well. Best aspect of the beer is the flavor which oozes with copious amounts of tropical fruit flavored hops and pine needles. Subtle notes of chocolate, roasted grain and slightly burnt coffee grinds. Hugely bitter towards the end with an intense, spicy bite. Medium bodied with an average level of carbonation. Ends on a long, dry, ashy and bitter note. So dry it almost gives you cotton mouth. I guess I’d say it leans towards being a very roasty IIPA, with the nose of a Belgian style stout. Surprisingly good. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2009
Cask and bottle in the rake. Alround rating: Roasty ironish meaty like malt, peppery floral lemon and negh on sangria like hop, belgian character is lunkily hidden so it stays clean. My god what a lamp punching disco of a beer! tmoreau (4593) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Shared 12oz. bottle at Lunar Brewing Co. with Iowa friends in town for FoBAB. Poured a black/brown with a modest off white/ light tan head and spots of light lacing. The aroma was roasted, sweet grain, biscuity nature, resin, and some floral notes that came off as a hint of dishwater. The flavor presented a good balance of roasted malt and moderate hop bitterness, culminating in a dry finish. Interesting, but the jury’s still out. blipp (9598) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours near black with a thin beige head. First whiff is 100% piny resinous hops. Then roasted malts and a light sweetness. The flavor is smooth and balanced. The hop profile is flavorful and not overly bitter, pine needles galore, with lighter floral and citric qualities. Roasted malts aren’t as intense as I expected. Just a hint of chocolate. It’s definitely more of a ’roasty IPA’ than a ’hoppy imp stout’. A light fruity sweetness rounds everything out. Surprisingly drinkable. This beer reminds me of Christmas. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Poured a deep brown color with some ruby notes and a cream colored head. Roasty malt aroma with some cola and caramel notes. Minty and citrus hop nose. Mix of hops, roasted malt, nuts, and chocolate. Long semi-dry moderately bitter finish. Sub medium bodied. Nice beer but not worth $7 for a 11oz beer.