RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Five years later, I look back at all we have gone through to get where we are today and I smile. It has been an amazing journey in one of the greatest industries in the world. We have met a ton of new friends, all in the name of great beer! This beer was brewed to celebrate all the great times we have had and plan on having in the future. Brewed with five different malts and five hop varieties this deep, dark and hoppy ale is meant to be enjoyed with friends. Straight from the captains cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy! Scott Vaccaro

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7310) - Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2011
22oz bottle shared by Dallas, thanks
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, dusty caramel and piney
Taste: Toasted malts, caramel and pine

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (5542) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Terriblement bien balanc entre la corpulence malte et le kick parfum du houblon. Pas trs boozy pour 10% mais trs sirupeux. Presque parfaite intervention de lamertume.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (13880) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Shenandoah Throwdown. 75cl bottle, thanks TroyNYC. Large tan head, dark brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, cocoa, some roast, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, cocoa, pine, some roast. Medium-full body, some stickiness, acidity. Fairly smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle from JW. Deep brown in color with a medium sized khaki head. Hop forward with a hint of citrus in the aroma. Some slight soy sauce, chocolate, and slightly toasty. Maybe this had seen better days before. Rich, bitter dark chocolate dominates the flavor. Some citrus hits towards the finish. Big, full bodied, with a heavier mouthfeel. Interesting, and I can see this being great when fresher, but it just misses for me at this point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
750mL at Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a clear, deep tea brown with amber highlights. Bubbly, weakly forming "head." Nose is Black IPA all the way- huge beta acid hops, toasted malt, mild salt brine/olive. Taste is salty, roasty, with heavy soapy hops and tannic bitterness. Heavy bitter dark chocolate. Massively hoppy. Good stuff. Should be moved to Black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (8004) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 Bottle courtesy of Tom split with Tom and pat. Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with off white head. Aroma is Belfast an voices and booze. Mouthfeel is aggressive with notes of milk, Belgian spice, candy. and wood

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1920) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle at a BA/RB "beer camping" excursion in the Oregon Cascade foothills in June 2011. Colour... black with a very thick head! Nose... very piney hops with ponderosa resin. Palate... moderately cloying with crushed juniper berries, macerated hop cones, herbs and a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
The beer pours dark opaque black with a big creamy tan head. The aroma is a bit boozy and roasted malt with lots of nice hops. The flavor of nice dark malts a bit sweet and very smooth on the palate. There is not bitterness that settles, rather a nice light creamy body and almost light stout flavor to end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5216) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2011
750 ml bottle into oversized wine glass. Pours clear dark brown color with a huge 3 finger light tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Nice thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, bread, roasted malt, chocolate, orange, and pine. Nice complex and hoppy aromas. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, orange, and pine. Decent amount of bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, chocolate, and roasted flavors. Medium carbonation and full bodied. Nice creamy mouthfeel and smooth drinkability for the alcohol level. No alcohol in the taste and a fair amount of warming present on the finish. Overall, a delicious black ale. Tons of flavor and complexity with easy drinkability for the alcohol level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2011
750ml from WF Bowery. Wish I could have hauled a bunch of these back home, as this was really enjoyable. Very fine pour, vigorous and slightly oily, with a fresh and vital look to it even though its clearly heavy in both feel and abv. Nose is superb, with bright citrus and unapologetically dark roasts. But what makes this different than the standard BIPA to me is that it has a touch more molasses and licorice than normal, something that seems to blend even better with the abundant hops than roasted malts alone.

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