BeerandBlues2 (13304) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 10, 2016 EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Release #9:Citrus hops, caramel, light roast aroma. Light citrus, spicy hops and light roasted, bread crust malt flavors. Moderate bitterness.
Release #6, w/ Apollo and Mosaic hops: Citrus, nectarine, berry, herbal/earthy hop aroma and flavor. Nice balance of sweet, bready, and roasted malt flavors.
Fruity, herbal, sort of minty hop aroma, with some bready malt. Similar hop flavor: nice apple-ish fruit and spiciness, plus some floral flavor. bread/bread crust, sweet, light caramel/sweet and light roasted malt flavors. A little of the weird herbal/acrid character that "Black IPAs" can have--but not much. Pretty heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Some bitterness and a little astringency in aftertaste.
Bottle at home. Pours near opaque brown with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy chocolate, toast and nutty malt with coffee notes, dates, medium pine and resin hops. Flavor is moderate pine and floral hops and bitterness, moderate chocolate, toast and nutty malt, coffee notes with a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. snoworsummer (5694) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2016 Bomber from the brewery. Pours opaque nut brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Tastes like toasted malt, nutty, smooth booze, and grapefruit and earthy hops. Medium body and low carbonation. Aged 1.5 years and still delicious! Smells like earthy and grapefruit hops, toasted malt, nutty, and smooth booze. sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Bottle. Pours tawny brown. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa powder, earthy hops, faint dates, and faint toasted malts. Flavor is rich and chocolaty with some nice earthy and spicy hop bitterness throughout with a dry toasted and ashy finish. Medium body. alexsdad06 (10387) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2016
22 oz bottle at home. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have light roasted malts, chocolate, citrus and resiny hops, a mild nutty character, some earthy notes, decent. Atom (2442) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2016
On tap at Denver tap room, pours a murky brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of earthy cocoa malt toffee and earthy hop spice. Earthy nuttiness, cocoa powder, toffee, with dry bitter hop spice. Nice!
IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Draft at Bubba Gumps, Monterey. Nose is light caramel, a hint of coffee, and a very light citrus. Hazy brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, with a caramel and lightly bitter finish. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a cloudy, dark chestnut brown color that’s nearly opaque with mahogany edges and a one finger, frothy beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind. Nice looking beer.
Slightly smokey, robust aroma with floral hops, lactic cream and sweeter malt notes rounding things out. Some lightly roasted coffee bean along with burnt toast, roasted nut and oatmeal followed by caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Subtle resinous, earthy hops but they don’t get in the way of the complex malt presence.
Full bodied and surprisingly hop forward. Much stronger than the nose suggested with a nice balance of dry, earthy hops and light roasted malt notes. Actually not as complex as the aroma because the hop flavors are really strong and the malt presence is slightly one dimensional. Dank, earthy and bitter with lots of dry, grassy pine flavor that lingers throughout into a dry, roasty finish. As it warms, the malt flavors really come through with hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut, chocolate and subtle roast. There’s also some subtle lactic creaminess balancing things out. Aggressively hoppy for the style but is decently balanced after the palate adjusts. Could use a bit more roast and is hop pier than I prefer for the style, but this beer is enjoyable and easy to drink. A solid beer in an under appreciated style. BuckeyeBoy (7663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Firkin pout at alefort. Pours out a muddy brown topped with a tan head. Nose is whole hop leaf roast malts and a nice floral. Taste is light roast heavy hops and a nice finish. This was very nice. Itzjerm (2863) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Not much hop aroma but grain nose. Hop bit and grain on the tongue. Malty more than sweet. Hoppy and malty hand in hand. Very nice head. Okay overall.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ajnepple (6606) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2015
On tap at the Denver brewery. Deep, dark brown appearance with a tan head. Aroma of roast, dark malts, nuts, earthy hops, chocolate, coffee, caramel and toffee. Similar flavor, rich with mild sweetness and medium resinous hop bitterness. Medium bodied, a nice hoppy brown ale/black IPA.