Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at the brewpub, dry-hopped with Cascade. Aroma of roasty malt, chocolate, grapefruit, green, leafy hop, faint coffeeish roast, earthiness, and a very faint dried fruit character in the background (raisin). Opaque black in color with a foamy, lasting, light tan head. Flavor profile is strongly roasty and hoppy, more coffee and green, leafy hop flavor present, lightly resinous and featuring a dryish, chocolatey finish, more earthiness here as well. Smooth as only cask ale can be, no discernible carbonation on the palate with a medium body. Good stuff! It seems like the blend of citric, grapefruity Cascades and a big roasty Stout shouldn’t work as well as it does.
theisti (4071) - Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was available on draft, as well as on two different casks with differing dry hop treatments (Amarillo and Belma). The pour (into a frozen Shaker pint glass) is black with a small khaki head. The aroma is faint with a bit of roast and bright floral and citrus hop. The taste is the roasted malt, along with floral fruit citrus hops and a soft caramel sweetness. Flavors works pretty well together. The palate is medium bodied, unfiltered mouth feel and low cask carbonation and the sweet hoppy roast finish. Fun beer.