JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Dark brown pour with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is of roasted malt along with some grassy and citrusy hops, but there’s something else. There’s a bit of a spicy character that normally accompanies rye malt. To my knowledge there’s no rye in here, so it must be from the hop combination. Flavor starts hoppy, then adds some roast and a little of that spicy character, then finishes with citrusy and grassy hops. Tmoney99 (14963) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted biitersweet flavor to medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a good complex beer.
jimhilt (2626) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Pours a four finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops, flavor is same, almost sweet grapefruit hops. Semi-dry finish. Best before Jun 2011. $2.29 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma. Foxbush (2113) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2011
This is strange one to rate. It was purchased at he Caboose in Ashland. The ale poured a deep black with no head. The ale was thin with some citrus flavors but the roasted malt overwhelms everything. Not sure this is a good blend for IPAs. The finish had some bitterness. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 11, 2011
(Bottle (best before 6/11) from Bootleggers) Pours dark brown with a nice, stout khaki head. Aroma of grapefruit juice and some roastiness. Mouthfeel mostly smooth, almost satiny, light prickliness on the tongue. Medium heaviness. Light, webby lacing. Flavor of sweet, citrusy hoppiness over medium coffee roastiness. ABV well-hidden.
Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
On tap at the Rattle ’N’ Hum. I like black IPAs, this one had an above average mouthfeel, and some orange taste in addition to the cascadian hop. A good bitterness. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2011
bottle. pours a light black with a 1 finger tan head. light citrus hop aromas with some dark roasted malt - would like something more aggressive in here over the nose. medium body with a nice balance between the hops and malts. big roast body dominates the mouth with a thin layer of bitterness. light coffee notes with a touch of chocolate. short finish with some sweet nuts on the back with a bit of hops. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle. Black, clear - not cloudy, but so dark you can barely see through. Light head. Nice malty, roasted with hop aroma. Beer is smooth and thick, but not as creamy as a full porter -- much fuller than an IPA. Good all around for the type. rocbyter (2159) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Strong pine and citrus aroma. Dark brown color with a small brown head. Sweet beginning with fresh hop flavor. Bitterness fades in the finish, but hop flavor lingers. nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2011
The aroma is like tar (turpentine) with burnt malt, pine hops, and touches of coffee and chocolate lost in the hops. The appearance is brown with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma and while strange it’s not bad. The palate is smooth but thin. Overall an interesting beer that grows on you as you drink it but the aroma is a bit off-putting.