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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20548) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle shared with Mes, Harry, Duff et al in London. I believe, Harry, that Mes provided this one (I brought the Hill Farmstead). Pours black-brown with a foamy, beige head. Ripe fruit nose, charry roast, dirt, earth. Big sweet flavor, some boozy chocolate, prunes, raisins, a bit of alcohol sting and some mild, earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with baking cocoa, mild prunes. Lasting light, dry cocoa. Nice. Not overly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
A: The beer pours almost black with a big khaki colored head. S: Smells of roast, a lot of roast, and some dark chocolate. Not terribly hoppy, unfortunately. Some moderate pine notes, which is really it. There is a mild acidity and some slight metallic notes. T: Interesting flavors of dark fruit and dark chocolate. Big time ash and intense flavors of roasted malts. There is a pretty strong bitterness, some mild coffee, and also some chalk. Pine and citrus peel, a mild herbal quality, are really it as far as the hops. M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation. O: I like a lot of Black IPAs, but this was not very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (15915) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle at Paul and Ryans tasting. Pours black with tan head. Nose of chocolate malt and hops. Taste of chocolate malt, hops, fruit and bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14888) - 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. Id 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (14012) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (14009) - 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. Its an interesting American Strong, but a bit too much charcoal for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
A dark brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet candy sugar malt with light spicy notes, cinnamon, OK. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with coffee grind, grassy hops, licorice, OK. Bottle at 2014 Ottawa Xmas gathering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
750 bottle-thanks dmac for sharing-pours a big foamy to rocky tan head and black color. Aroma is resin, roasty/chocolate. Taste is somewhat harsh/biting resin hops, roasty/ashy/chocolate dark malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (12102) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (11016) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Sampled from the tap at the brewery. Poured near clear dark brown with brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was full of roasted dark grains with a relatively strong pine note. Flavor began with roasted dark grains but was taken over by a strong pine hop note.

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