tgncc (3140) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Wierd musty arfoma, sweatsock, roasted malt. The appearance is jet black, tan head. The flavor is roasty, dank, cellar tasting. The finish is roasty, and pine needles. Slightly thinner than Either in body. Not bad at all, not nearly the equal of Either. cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Big dank, grassy hop nose with some underlying chocolate and pils malt. A big malt middle, and then finishes quite hoppy and with a bigger hit of hop bitterness than the Either and some hot alcohol. A little more disjoint, but with a dryer hoppier finish. cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of maximum12. Deep brown/black appearance with a sizable, dark brown head. Slightly charred, roasty dark malty, somewhat piney/citrusy hoppy aroma. Rich, very roasty, slightly smoky, slightly charred, dark malty, moderately piney, slightly resiny hoppy flavor. Good beer but not as good as some of its West Coast counterparts in my mind. magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Pours black, with an offwhite head.
Smells of malt, honey, and citrus hops. Flavors include soy, honey, coffee
Tastes excessively sweet, salty, and contains a medium bitterness -- an imperfect blend of the two that has my palate reeling, but ultimately is still pleasant.
Medium bodied, oily texture. Finishes somewhat dry, and peppery. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Pours near black with a finger-and-a-half of light mocha head and some pretty good lacing as it goes down. Nice retention with some sticking power that’s greater than what I found in the Either without a hard swirl. The nose is a bit hoppier than Either, with some citrus notes coming through as well as earth. The earthiness of this is quite prominent alongside a bit of roast.
The flavor starts out with some citrus hops and a bit of tangerine peel. After that comes a touch of light sweetness as well as some roast. A pretty good amount of booze is here as well, though not nearly as much as in Either. Medium body and not quite as creamy as Either, though the lack of alcohol dominance is nice. There are some hops in the finish, which is fairly dry. This is pretty decent and more drinkable right now than the Either, but neither one really stands up to what I would expect from these breweries.
GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
355mL courtesy of tastybeer. Poured a near black, more deep brune, with a thin, creme, tan head leaving minuscule lace. Aroma is a very odd mix of Indian food, curry, samosas, spiced and cooked mangoes, tropical fruit marinaded steak. Here, whatever spice the cedar is producing is not harmonizing well with the tropical hops. It leaves an end note not unlike pineapple marinated Hawaiian steak. Taste is cedar up front, spices, curry, marinated steak, burnt sugar, big time smoked malt character. Palate is dry, prickly, relatively viscous and lively in carbonation. Overall, this would do very well as a smoked porter. jonno (2886) - JAPAN - FEB 25, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 The alcohol is immediately apparent. It is much hoppier than the either, but the alcohol is almost stinging. Drunk these fresh due to the black IPA tag, but they may have done better with a bit of aging. Lots of rubbing alcohol, chocolate and a solid bitter finish. Cannot give this high marks due to the rubbing alcohol and straight forward projection of flavours. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle. Minimal tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, caramel, chocolate, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, plum/raisin, orange/grapefruit. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation, somewhat smooth. jcartamdg (3522) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
pours dark black with a off white head. Aroma of bitter hops, alcohol and roasted malt. Taste follows, quite boozy, hops are there so i the roast but the booze takes over. Either is much better redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2011
draft @ redlight redlight. Piney and resinous on the nose with hints of dark chocolate. Pours black with a thin off white head. Hoppy upfront with pine resin with a sweet molasses following. Nice black ale.