skrip (222) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2017 SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to Jefe73 for sending this my way!
A- Body is a dark, aboding motor oil black hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy dark tan head. Honestly-this brew has big imperal stout written all over it in the appearance- Lacing left all the way down the glass.
S- Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of pine in the back. Roasted malt is the main character.
T- Upfront is actually a good amount of herbal hops, a hint of spicy hops, and a hint of citrus, behind this is a huge coffee roasted malt backbone. The finish offers a big dose of refreshing pine in the back and a mild amount of roasted malt lingers.
M- Medium carbonation and a medium weight body.
D- This is another interesting "black ale". Although this one isn’t as bright and doesnt seem to be as complex as EITHER- the flavors blend together a lot better and this doesnt seem to be as much of a contrast. Overall both are pretty good beers.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-26-2011 01:42:10
12oz bottle poured into a Night Shift wine glass.
A~ extremely black, with a small brown head and no lacing.
S~ dark malts flood the nose up front, followed by a little burnt coffee and some nice wood. ending with some sweet citrus.
T~ follows the nose so far but wow this has a lot more to offer! roasty dark malts up front which are quickly taken away by an amazing honey sweetness, followed by a bit of burnt coffee, all leading into a crazy bitter citrus hop explosion! meanwhile everything is coated in cedar, which Cigar City seems to be soo good at! (White Oak, Humidor IPA, etc...) and not a hint of booze!
M~ super smooth and refreshing! i’m gonna blame that on the pilsner malt in this version. really nice carbonation and more stout like than most stouts haha!
O~ this little series is fantastic! i definitely got lucky with the bottles that i received, they must have been aged probably because the hop presence is still in your face which is really surprising considering how old these are. i really love the HF influence here, this is very similar to Jim without the crazy honey (which definitely adds a lot) but just remember i’m a little biased cause i love black IPA’s/hoppy black ales. oh! and yup its a HF colab. haha! slowrunner77 (12162) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"aroma falls just a hair short of it’c cousin Either, but the overall impact abd flavor are bettter. the cedar is not so strong in the finish, but evenly eveident throughout, and the complexity is the beers strongest point. licorice, honey, chocolate, roasted malt, hops, cigar...not as sweet as the other. VERY nice."
jsquire (4525) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Dark beer with some cola highlights when held against the light. Short beige head. Big nose of alcohol, over ripe fruit and hop resin. Sweet beer with some burnt grain notes, fruit cake, molasses, and lots of pine and hop resin in the finish. Odd, style defying beer. Alengrin (5451) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2016 Collaboration between three breweries, identical to their Either, but with other regional malts and hops. The result is visually the same, but aroma and taste clearly tend more to fruitiness, less dry, more honeyish and chocolatey and in all, rounder and ’friendlier’; hops still govern the finish with a firm hand, strong and long-lasting. Fantastic brew, I liked this even more than the Either, already a very good and fascinating brew in itself. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Share from Boltz. Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head that leaves nice lacing. The nose is citrus hops, roasted malt and pine. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, ripe citrus, coffee and a nice pine finish. Medium bodied. Nice black IPA. 3.7
bhensonb (15355) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is a bit of pine, with chocolate and dark malt. Med body. Flavor is lightly minty chocolate with dark malt. oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle from Ibrew2or3. Pours black with not much head. Taste is chocolate black roasted malts with some evergreen mint. Or something marcus (10349) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours dark brown with a tiny beige head and a chocolate aroma. There is a rich chocolate flavor with a dry finish. A bit more subdued than the Either, but just as good. Leighton (21551) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle shared at Ma Che in Rome. Pours black-brown with a foamy tan head. Burnt cedar wood on the nose with darkened grapes as well. Medium sweet flavor with lightly jammy dark fruits, light chocolate, grape jelly, mellow dry cedar wood. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Light warmth to finish with a bit of bitter baking cocoa, earth, ripe and sweet berries. Lovely. Great depth of character. jkwood04 (5452) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to Glouglouburp in an HF tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts (moreso than Either), some sweetness, a little chocolate and light coffee, some dough, and a little floral and lightly citrusy hops. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer.