markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2011
Thanks to Gillard for the share. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is slight roast, coffee, grapefruit hops, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is similar with citrus hops really asserting themselves. Light to medium-bodied and pretty good overall. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2011
Rich, black pour with tan fluffy head that lingers. Nose is rich and roasty, chocolate, caramel, burnt toast along with some citrusy hops and alcoholic whiffs. Flavors are likewise roasted-malt forward...chocolate, toast, molasses, caramel, but the strongly bitter citrus and earthy hopping is certainly prominent, mainly in the aftertaste. Hop bitterness also tends to dry the palate out in the lingering finish. Big abv also adds to a very dry finish ( almost too dry?) Quite nicely brewed...a lot going on...and an interesting experiment. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Picked this bottle up at Julio’s before EBF. Served in a Bruery tulip.
Pours nearly black with a light tan head and some good spotty lacing. The nose brings forward some piney hops and a bit of roast. There is a mild earthiness to the nose as well. The flavor has many of the same characteristics, but also has a bit too much alcohol flavor. Quite a lot too much, actually. Bitterness and alcohol layer with a medium body. Lots of bitterness carries through the finish. Decent, but not something I would seek out again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-20-2011 chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
Alex, again... dark brown with a creamy light beige head, good retention... light aroma but nice, grassy coffee, a touch too sweet... the taste is a bit too green for me but one of the best beers of the night, I came back several times although its not very balanced TheBeerGod (6207) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2011
Bottle. Black bodied with a tall, foamy brown head. Strong citrus and piney hops in the nose along with roasted malt and burnt caramel. Taste is big pine and citrus hops with strong roasted malt, herbal notes, burnt caramel and mint dark chocolate. Body is full with a moderate carbonation. Oily slickness from the hops as well as a lingering bitterness. Ends with more roasted malt, strong pine, citrus oils, mint chocolate and caramel notes.
Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2011
Boozy black IPA. Delivers on the style, not the favourite I have had on the style. What’s with the high abv? Rich black malts and roast, its dangerously drinkable. Would have liked more hops flavours rather than roasted malt. Looks good with dark body and thick head.
Above average mouthfeel.Thanks Jay. BeerandBlues2 (13199) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
Tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Pours black with a medium, creamy tan head, medium-long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, chocolate), heavy hops (herbal, earthy, grassy), and light esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, prune, and leather. Flavor is heavy malt (roast, chocolate), heavy hops (herbal, earthy, grassy), and light esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, prune, and leather. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a dry finish. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a black body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is solid. Lots of fresh, sweeter citrus pines and a balanced roast alongside. A nice, rich chocolate with a hint of mint as well as a medium sweet caramel maltiness. The hops have a good amount of resins, oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines. Flavor is really nice as well. Much more balanced than the regular Hoppy Feet. Lots of caramel and chocolate up front with a sweet citrus pine. A good amount of roast quickly comes in along with some more citrusy oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. Resins and some earth come out towards the end as this finishes dry, roasty, citrusy, and piney with a higher bitterness that isn’t nearly as brash and lopsided as the regular Hoppy Feet. There is a really nice dark, richer chocolate and caramel presence to balance the dry bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and moderate, soft carbonation. Overall, a very well made Imperial Black IPA. This is quite bold in the bitterness and roastiness, but has a much better balance and citrusy aspect than the original Hoppy Feet. Really nice chocolate and caramel presence while still allowing this to completely dry out and drink pretty aggressively. Alcohol is extremely well hidden as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this bold, but balanced beer. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2011
Very dark brown/black pour with medium tan head. Aroma is roasty, coffee, chocolate, strong hop notes. Flavor is roasty, lots of piney hops, Light chocolate and coffee. Some sweetness. Cocoa and Hershey’s chocolate bar. The bitterness shows up in the finish. Full bodied. Average carbonation. Pretty good beer. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Cascadian dark ale. Black body with a tan head that faded to a thin coating. Aroma had a nice roasted malt profile that mixed well with a pine like hop note, Flavor initially had a nice roasted malt profile mainly of coffee, there was a molasses sweetness to it. Hops were pine like. A good beer, but I am not used to the roasted malt/pine hops flavor yet.