Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2012
750ml bottle that my parents picked up from the brewpub, thanks guys! Bottle #7/180. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy and somewhat fizzy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is really solid with a combination of roasts, pines, Belgian yeast, spicy rye, tropical fruit esters, dark chocolates, and citrus grapefruits. Flavor is similar. Spicy rye and pines up front before some roasts and a nice dark chocolate come in. Tropical fruit esters and citruses towards the end with a bit more of a Belgian yeast note before this finishes dry, piney, roasty, citrusy, and spicy with a nice chocolate note. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and a lively carbonation. Overall, a really well done beer. Lots going on with the yeast, roasts, rye, hops, and chocolate, but everything is well balanced, dry, and easy drinking. Great beer. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2012
750ml bottle, #151 of 180, April 2012 release. Fresh. The pour yields a lightly hazy, inky, plumy-mahogany body. The head is initially tall and foamy, khaki in color, with minimal patches of lace marking the glass. Aromas are quite hoppy and roasty, showing notes of moderately toasted caramel and rye malt with a coffee-toffee kiss and biting, sharp, citrusy-piny hops. Notes of resin and grapefruit rind show over the darker, lightly chocolaty malt. Belgian yeast is dry and lightly buggy (perhaps in the very early stages of oncoming infection...before things get nasty). Flavors follow suit, exceptionally balanced between the roasty, choco-coffee malt, and sharper, biting, pine and citrus hops. Rye lends its signature bright caraway notes. The palate is substantive, yet more than sufficiently dry, sporting moderate carbonation and that ever-so-slightly chalky feel. Damn good. Way better than expected. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
750 ml bottle. Actually pretty close to black with an swirled ivory tan crema head. Nose is banana, yeast, pineapple, basil and a touch of roast. Creamy, oily and resiny with fuzzy carb. Certainly not shy with the hops. Taste is earthy pink grapefruit, Baker’s chocolate, rye and burnt sugar. An interesting contrast of bitter notes. alobar (3970) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Pours dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and hops with a roasted malt flavor with chocolate, dark fruit, and a hop ending. Really nice beer! DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Draft at Blue Dog. Pours thick and turbid black with tan head. Nose was roasty malt, hops, blackberry, cacao. Tastes rich, smooth, velvety on the tongue, with a solid black patent malt forefront and nicely integrated hops, fruit, and chocolate notes.