konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2011
My first perfect 5! Almost black with a small beige head. Lovely aroma of grassy, grapey, piney and fruity hops in a big great mix with chocolate and honey. The balance between the level of roast and hops is perfect. I love the slight cedar notes and how this beer manages to combine roastiness, bitterness, hop flavour and complete smoothness. Freakin’ awesome beer! BillZav (22) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Brewed in the trendy Cascadian dark ale style, these ale is part of the Either/Or collaboration with Danish brewery Grassroots and Vermont brewery Hill Farmstead. Or is chocolate in color, with substantial notes of piny hops complimented by roasted malt and chocolate with a woody feel from the cedar barrel aging.
Black pour, creamy tan head. Hops up front in the aroma with toasted malt, pumpernickel bread, a little tar and some cane syrup. Flavor is sweet up front, hoppy, light smoke, grade b maple syrup, molasses. This is a world class black IPA. YES! Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle from Sunset Corners, Miami. I though this was way better then Either. Very thick, full bodied- this has a great burnt hoppiness to it, lots of honey and roasted malt. Sweet, burnt, crisp, toasty, and still hoppiness and generally light. Quite fantastic. Wish it came in bombers. Cedar is less noticeable in this one. GatheringBrews (47) - Derby, Vermont, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Much like it’s companion beer, Either, this one pours a dark black/brown with a strong tan head.
Stronger hop character in the aroma, but still hints of malt, dark fruit that unique touch from the cedar.
Slightly drier mouthfeel and finish with much more pronounced hop flavor and less emphasis of the earthiness of Either. However, there’s still a unique tart from the cedar. Feels much more like a black IPA to me with the resinous backbone and drier finish, but still well balanced for such a big beer.
Drinking them side by side allows for a good comparison of the differences, for sure. Enjoyed the Either, but preferred the Or, only because it really hits home as a BIPA to me.