JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2007
What a pleasant surprise this is! I’ve never had a bottled black and tan before, and I didn’t quite know what to expect. It pours thick and dark like a rich stout, with a decent sized head. The aroma is primarily roasty and chocolatey. Upon initial taste, this is what dominates as well. You can certainly taste the more tart citrus notes, but it’s a deep coffee burn that you get up front (which most be from Boris the Crusher, which I’ve not had but which is part of this brew). As the beer warms over time, though, the flavors integrate in a really lovely way, with the roasts backing off a bit and a nicely tart (almost funky) hop flavor working its way in to give the whole beer a really nice earthy vibe. Great stuff, which I’ll be looking for again. vyvvy (6858) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Pours very dark brown and has a dark tan head. The aroma has chocolate malt and cream along with pine / citrus hops. There is also some toffee and roasted malt. Medium body with fairly sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with bitter roasted malt, butterscotch, vanilla cream and woody hops. The finish has earthy hops and bitter coffee. An okay beer. It seems a bit overrated to me. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
(bottle from footbalm off of my want list)black body with a brown head.aroma is a nice blend of chocolate,coffee,roasted malts,and a small hop finish.flavor is more on the hoppy side of things but still has the chocolate,coffee,and roasted malts. smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pours black with light tan head that dissispates quickly. Aroma is tropical fruit, oatmeal, and coffee. Taste starts citrus then fades into a smooth oily coffee with some toffee sweetness. finish is some coffee but mostly citrus bitterness. unique stuff and is pretty tasty. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with a blurb and info along the right side of label, no bottling/freshness date, purchased out of a cooler and kept refrigerated, sampled at a cool cellar temperature in a pint glass.
Poured a nice looking dark coffee brown with a small foamy, bubbly tan head, good retention, settled into a thin sudsy lacing.
Hoppy scents at first, followed by dark stout malts, green pine needles mostly with a light citric fruitiness, then roasted malts, grains and brown malts, chocolate and caramel.
Good moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry, velvety slick, creamy smooth, airy medium bodied mouthfeel, very nice.
Easily the best bottled black & tan I’ve ever had, a tasty and balanced mix of the Hoppin’ Frog’s IPA and Imperial stout, dangerously quaffable, pine resins and oily, sour citric bitterness, chocolate and earthy coffee malts, you get a good bitterness from the malts as well, the malt bitterness really kicks in at the end, a light amount of oatmeal sweetness, the alcohol provides a pleasant low grade warmth in the palate, and a dry sour citric, sweet malty finish, surprising the hops and malts both, in a very balanced way, linger in the aftertaste.
I met the owner/brewmaster Fred Karm at the Peoria International Beer Festival and I was very impressed with his enthusiasm for beer in general, and his passion for his own beers, which once you taste them, is completely understandable. Mr. Karm told me that if you ever see any of his brews being sold out warm on a shelve, to contact him, that’s not how he wants his beers sold, they should be kept refrigerated at all times.
jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to moejuck for sending me this one. Poured a dark brown body with nice head. Aroma is overly hoppy, very grassy with a little malt detected. Flavor is very grassy/piney, a major hop profile, sweet and spicey and a small nice malty finish. Light chocolate tones but overall the hops dominate, but it does not take away that this is a pretty good brew. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Pours an deep brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty with lots of citrus, grassy hops. Flavor is roasted malts, with a bitter grassy hop finish. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Pour is dark brownish red with a thin dense tan head...smell is fruity with some apricot and grapefruit and light roasty coffee notes...taste is slightly sweet and roasty with chocolate and bread flavors with a bright citric hoppy blast coming in at the finish...has a metallic twinge to it...maybe some copper... goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Poured a clear ruby brown color with a small creamy tan head. Fruity and roasty with some light hops. The flavor is not as roasty as the aroma. More of a lightly sweet caramel with a hint of fruitiness. On second pass the is a good bit of milk chocolate. Medium bodied at most. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Pours an nearly opaque black with a frothy, nicely-lacing dark tan head. Aroma boasts huge piny hops, lightly sweet caramel malt and dark chocolate. Body starts fairly full and dark caramely sweet with a drier, earthy flavor hop balance. Finishes drier and lingering bittersweet with some roasty notes and a touch of grapefruit.