clingman71 (300) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2008
UPDATED: APR 21, 2008 Draft at Rich O’s/New Albanian. Pretty standard orangish amber color. Aroma of caramel malt and piney hops. Flavor begins malty, with a solid burst of hop bitterness. The hop flavor is very resiny and finishes long and dry. The mouthfeel is substantial. I enjoyed this beer very much! We should be able to get Dark Horse beers in OHIO!!!!!!! sunevdj (4143) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 19, 2008
Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Smells nutty. Quite bitter. Very full flavored of hops and has strong alcohol notes. Vanilla hint. Full bodied, slightly creamy. Medium carbonation. Long bitter finish. dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
2007 edition. For all the IBUs in this beer, the hops are not all that prevalent. Flavor, and a bit "bigger" than the IPA, but not better. General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2008
12 ounce bottle. Wow, this one is definitely a bruiser. Pours a nice burnt orange color with a small white frothy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is a nice mix of malts, grapefruit-like citrus hints, and piney hops. The taste is a blast of hops and citrus with a malty bitterness lingering in the background. This was a very full-bodied beer that left nice lacing on the side of the glass. The wonderful mixture of flavors masked the 13.6% ABV. This is my first experience with Dark Horse Brewing... I am looking forward to trying more of their beers! Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2008
Pours a rather dark, cloudy, rusty-reddish brown color. A small, frothy tan head settles quickly to a wispy film with a prominent, bubbly edge. Jagged patterns of skinny line lacing decorate the glass. The nose shows velvety, buttery caramel and toffee malts, as well as bold, acidic citrus and resinous pine hops. The flavor is equally big and very well balanced, with massive malts counteracting the big hop bill. Caramel and toffee are joined by maple, vanilla, and dark fruits, while orange and grapefruit hops meet sticky pine and spruce notes. This honestly doesn’t remind me of Crooked Tree all that much, but it a great beer all on its own. Falling in between Barley Wine and IIPA, its not as massively malty or boldly hopped as either respective style. Nearly full bodied and smooth in the mouth, the complete lack of alcohol burn makes this brew feel like it is 7%, certainly not 13%. Another very fine effort from Dark Horse.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2008
Thanks to hoppymeal for this bottle. Hazy copper color with thick off-white head. Nice lacing. Nose of piney hops mixed with fresh citrus rinds...awesome. Flavor is rich, spicy malts integrated with peppery, piney, and citrusy hops....really wonderful combination. Just a fantastic DIPA. Thank hoppy....another great beer from you. milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 13, 2008
VERY piney nose.....high hop aroma.Very herbal and fresh...I could smell this all day. Flavor falls a bit short of the aroma.....more of a general bitterness with only subtle hop flavors. Sweet malt finish. Malt and hops not in balance....would have liked more hop flavor, and less malt presence. sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2008
12 oz bottle. Darker color. Little head tells of booze to come, but 13%? That is hidden in the flavor, but not the effect.
Share this with someone or sleep on the couch tonight.
Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
Picked up a four-pack (with green waxed tops) from Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours a hazy amber brew with a thick and lumpy off-white head that has some good retention and sticky lacing. Aroma of grapefruit jest, some slight pine, a touch of herb spice and caramel malt. Taste is medium to full bodied, light carbonation with flavors of bitter grapefruit, caramel malt a touch of black pepper with some sweet tangerine. Finish is semi-sweet bitter with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. tompete (350) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2008
Smooth hop smell and a orange amber color. Very thick looking, but not thick in the mouth. Balance towards bitterness. Good malt backbone with a solid hop flavor very well balanced. Nice.