drumdude73 (19) - Ames, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Aroma? What aroma? No overall smell I could pick up from this beer. Great frothy head and pours black as would be expected from an IBA. Starts off easy on the palate but ends with a metallic and rusty after taste. If this beer was cheaper I would give it a better score. However, for $5 for a 22oz bomber, I’m not impressed. I have had some of the other Lakefront premium beers which I would rave about but this one is missing something. No body and not much character. I would compare this to a New Belgium 1554 although I would much rather have a 1554. Averaging at roughly $1.47/bottle for New Belgium 1554 and this at $2.73/bottle (12oz) I would say go with the 1554! This beer is definitely over priced!! thegreenrooster (4373) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Pour is a black with a large tan head. Aroma is a nice pine hop followed by a equally nice rosted malt. Flavor is almost all roasted malt then a few hoppy notes come out the play after the swallow. Leaves a nice bakers chocolate on the tounge. Decent enough. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Bottle. Poured an opaque dark brown color. The head was thick, creamy, and light brown. Smelled of dark chocolate and fresh green hops. A whiff of leather emerged after some time in the glass. Medium bodied and delicately sweet with mild to moderate bitterness. Chocolate, caramel, pine, and citrus flavors accented by light roasty bitterness. Nice. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Lakefront 88 Sampler Pack - $19.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body, ruby-hinted at the edges when held to the light and capped with a tall, frothy, beige head.
Smell: Florals and a cutting pine note arrive ahead of the roasted malts smelling of chocolate bars and coffee.
Taste: Small snippet of sweetness for the tastes of coffee and chocolate, though the initial malt flavors aren’t particularly bold here, like watery coffee and stale, forgotten cocoa. Low chalkiness. Pine needles and fresh, sliced oranges with a robust bitterness. Some modest grapefruit juice additions. Low acidic qualities. Modestly malt, faintly bitter, but thinning out on the finish (thinnish?).
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation. Feels somewhat hollow passing over the tongue.
Overall: For me, it seemed a bit muted, a bit muffled, and just held back from its potential, in terms of malts, the hop flavor, and even the body.
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a big light brown head. Pine and grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with light chocolate and light roast. Medium bodied. OK bitterness. Cocoa and grapefruit lingers with pine and light malt.
BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Tap. Very dark brown pour with a small frothy head. Nice citrus hop nose. Citrus, malt, and chocolate on taste. Very nice beer. Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Very dark pour and amber head, Roasted malt flavor with a good hop bite. Aroma is mostly malt. Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
Spot on Black IPA good aroma, the ast, the hops. Cascadian. Above average mouthfeel. Black body with foamy bubbyly white had. Orange and hoppy an roast flavours. Citus, malty, chocolate.Very kosher inspected beer.Thanks for sharing Ken. mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Pours dark with a thin tan head. Hoppy and dry with a hint of roasted malt and a bit of pashion fruit in the bitter finish. Not quite the lakefront IPA but still not bad. alobar (3757) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pours black color with a creamy tan head. Hoppy aroma with some pine and citrus. Lots of roasted malt flavor on the front end with a firm hop bite at the back end. Surprisingly good lacing.