italarican (1551) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Bottle brought for Max’s FF winnings tasting. Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy beige head and nice little bubbles. Aroma is rich and complex: smoked meat backed by chocolate powder, pine needles, and marshmallow. Flavor has more coffee than chocolate. Notes of pine, oak, salami, and chalk. Slightly chalky mouthfeel with a big bitter coffee finish. All the different features blend well. tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2011
On the nose, a malty aroma, coffee, brown sugar, musty. The appearance is dark brown, tan head. The flavor is malt forward, coffee, caramel. The finish is roasted coffee. Coffee makes its presence known throughout. Good. bhensonb (15237) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Tall 750 from Half Time. Pours really black with a creamy 3 finger tan head which does a little ring lacing. Aromas of piney hop and milk chocolate. Med body. Creamy carb. Flavor is dark roast malt, pine and I still think milk chocolate. Oooh. It is very tasty. I’d say the main thing is bitter hop, but the dark malt and chocolate are not to be denied. Finish is sort of all that at the same time. Bitter. Chocolate. But not bitter chocolate. Go figure. Brilliant ale. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bottle. Poured a rich dark brown. Nose was chocolate and hops. So this started just like the nose, very chocolate and hoppy, but after a short warming period it almost transformed in to a solid black ipa. The chocolate almost dissapeared. Lots of malts carried the middle, and it finished malty. I’m going to hold one for 5 years and re rate. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle... Poured black with a thick khaki head. Strong hoppy nose, tasted of woody, earthy, resinous hops. Thick, nice body that thinned out with a big roasty, nutty, mocha finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black deep body with a coffee tan head. Maltys and roast y body with a hint of vine like hoppiness. Roast y sharp and bitter with hints of licorice and roasted malt. Very solid black ipa well hopped and not over bearing on the finish despite the big recipe. Very nice. dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
750 ml bottle straight from the brewery thanks to wildman Dean!!! Poured a black body underneath an average to slightly smaller beige head with some nice lacing. Aroma of coffee, hops, citrus, vanilla and alcohol. Flavor of coffee and cream, dry vanilla, roastiness and alcohol. Body has some serious fizziness along with a fuller body that lingers nicely. This was a very decent beer however the alcohol is far from hidden and I wonder what some ecent age will do to this beer?? TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2011
25.4 oz bottle. Deep mahogany barely allowing light. A brisk pour yields a whipped balsa head. Nose is pine, spruce and brown sugar. Quite coniferous with an odd hint of frankincense, or whatever it is they used to burn at high mass. Medium to full body; silky with a tang. Taste is dark chocolate covered orange peel and pink grapefruit. A nice bitter hop bite on the back end. I can’t decide if aging would allow the rich mocha notes to emerge or would squelch the hoppy accents. Good stuff. Jow (3926) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Poured bottle into my CL glass which I didn’t break cuz I’m responsible. Nice dark pour with great looking tan head. Taste is very chocalty, with some pine bitters, some citrus and toffee. Finish dry and pleasant. Very nice Friday night brew pineypower (3330) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours out into my CL tasting glass (that later broke, RIP my glass) an almost black brown color with a big foamy, tan head. Aroma is of some roast, hops and light cocoa. Taste is roast, light chocolate, some citrus hops, slight alcohol and a slight lingering sweetness in there also. Finish is of citrus hops and roast. Another solid offering from CL. Keep up the good work!