hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, chocolate, some roast, caramel, floral, and citrus. Tastes of floral hops, pine, citrus, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Alcohol content well hidden. joebudzjoe (677) - Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2011
Draft @ Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains, NY. Served in a tulip glass, this beer has a smoky, dark and opaque brown color with a nicely lacing light tan head. At first sip, this beer has a smoked hop flavor that is followed with a silky malt and tangy yeast flavor. This beer has almost a caramelized texture. Very good and the ABV is masked nicely. Good sipper that’s not too heavy. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 8, 2011
Pours a deep brown pushing black with amber notes when held to the light. Aroma of up front floral, piney and citrusy hop. The hops are quickly followed by caramel, tobacco and chocolate. Flavor of piney and grapefruit hops, chocolate, caramel, toffee and tobacco. Malt sweetness present but not cloying. No real alcohol burn. JoeMcPhee (10137) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
Deep brown pour with a thin white head. The aroma is really fresh and hoppy. Loads of citrusy/piny hops. Fresh and a little bit cocoaish as well. Lightly resinous. Chinook-like pine flavour. Assertively bitter as well. Resin and pine. Tasty stuff. nimbleprop (8949) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
750ml pours a nearly opaque, deep brown with a creamy, off white head. Smells chocolatey, lightly hoppy, malty, light coffee. Flavor is chocolate, light spice, brown sugar, sweet, malty, light coffee with cream. Medium bodied, spicy finish.
Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2011
On tap at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn. It pours near black with a ruby tint and a thin beige head. The nose is charcoal, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, chocolate brownie, cherry, soy sauce and sesame seed. The taste is charcoal, toast, smoke, soy sauce, rich-roast coffee, cherry, toasted sesame seed, molasses and burnt sugar. It’s an interesting American Strong, but a bit too much charcoal for me. vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
Bottle pour at 5000 tasting. Black pour with tan head. Roasted malt, light chocolate, licorice, and some citrus and earthy hop tones as well. Nice brew. On the list of drink asap, or those hops will fall out. Nice black iipa. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2011
A - Pours a dark black color with a hint of brown blended in and a finger of frothy mocha colored head. The head very slowly fades down to a ring around the glass lacing nicely.
S - Aroma is full of deep earthy hops and some nice slightly sweet roasted malts. A bit of chocolate and deeper roasted elements mixed in as well.
T - Starts off with a nice hit of earthy hops and deep roasted toffee malts. Bit of bittersweet-chocolate in the background. Lots of roasted flavor. Through the middle some coffee flavor and some stronger chocolate flavor comes through. The finish is a nice blend of the roasted malt, earthy/floral hops and just a tinge of alcohol burn.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels really smooth and creamy without being too heavy. Finish is a bit bitter and dry which is really nice.
D - For 10% abv, pretty drinkable. Nice balanced flavors with a really nice hop profile alongside all of the roasted flavor. Just a touch expansive, but worth it to give it a try. malrubius (3090) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle at Max’s tasting. Brought by italirican, I believe. Ok, I was getting buzzed by the time I had this, but it was dark with nice head. At first I thought it was ok, fairly rich complex caramel and coffee. But after a few minutes I thought, what am I drinking right now? It is fucking delicious. Complex woody earthy hop and coffee caramel notes. Nice. Drink room temp. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2011
bottle poured a dark brown with a big two finger tan head. aroma has sticky fresh resinous hops, medium bitterness, dark rich malts, a slight bit of roast, and some sweetness. mouth feel is medium and there is plenty of carbonation. flavor is rich all around but creamy at the same time. mildly roasted dark malt, a bit of dry chocolate, nuts, green hops, medium bitterness, resins, caramel, and some heat on the end. quite the interesting beer, part black ipa, part barley wine, part strong ale, but whatever the classification it is big in the hop and malt department. nicely done and a somewhat different direction from scott.