rocbyter (2124) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Moderate citrus hop aroma with light malt. Brown color with a medium tan head. Light bitter beginning that fades in the finish. jandd1983 (4330) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Sampler at the W&C in Ballwin, Mo. It poured a black color with an off-white head. The aroma was of grain, oats, cocoa powder, hops and minor pine. The flavor was earthy hop bitterness. Not a bad brew. halfonit (1366) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Pours a black color (which is to be expected). Aroma is full of hops up front with some malts, and grapefruit. Flavor has the hops and grapefruit mostly present with a little chocolate. Not too bad. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2011
The aroma is piny and earthy with a touch of smoke to go along with the toasted malt and caramel. The appearance is dark red brown with a small er tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is a bit thin but well carbonated. I think this is a bit disappointing even though it’s not a bad beer. The color is a bit light and the overall aroma lacking in punch. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Nice size beige head with very good lacing over the cloudy, dark brown body. Aroma is roasted malt, coffeed and herbal hops. Earthy flavors with the roasted malts in the forefront and spicy, resinous hops following through to the aftertaste. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.
jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours black. Tan head. Nose of musky hops, black malt and pine. Taste is ashy chocolate malt, baker’s chocolate and light hops. MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head and aromas if chocolate malt, an odd licorice presence and some medicinal smelling hops. Flavor isn’t much better. Kind of a hodgepodge of things stuffed together without much direction or harmony. Additionally, it seems to have gone a bit sour. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2011
A nice floral hop aroma that was too sweet for my tastes. The malts were a bit heaver in the body than I prefer, but still a decent hop profile. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pint glass. ("3/4 Pint of Ale" as they say on the label.) The label has a freshness date of "May 31 2011" and the abv is listed at 6%.
Appearance: It has a very dark look in the glass with some very deep dark garnet colored highlights showing through the beer. I also noticed some fine sediment hanging in suspension within the body. To cap off this beer I got a dense tan head which stands two fingers tall. This head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing.
Smell: I get a dark roasted malt character with hints of coffee and caramel. Hops are lighter than the malt and add some citrus and herbal notes to the nose.
Taste/Palate: The palate opens up with mild sweetness, roasted malt, coffee and toasted bread with citrus hop notes quickly moving in. It finishes with pleasant herbal/leafy hop bitterness fading slowly off the tongue. It has a creamy and smooth mouth feel with pleasant soft carbonation.
Notes: It come off more as a Porter than IPA but is still very tasty and beautiful. Slipstream (2626) - USA - MAR 20, 2011
The reviews on this are all over the place. I like the 45 rpm record-style label. Full, fine floral aroma - sweet coffee and spring flowers. Pretty dry and roasty. To me it tasted more like a porter or a dry stout than an IPA. Flavors of dark bread and oak. Pretty mellow and with a good flavor that is less potent than the aroma.