corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2012
This is a collaboration beer with Lazy Boy Brewing described as a Belgian style black IPA. On draft at Naked City Tap House in Seattle, WA.
Pours dark brown with golden mahogany edges and a one finger light beige head that quickly fades into a thick lasting cap. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Sweet vinous aroma with subtle earthy hops and sweet dark malt notes. Faintly boozy with hints of grape, plum, cherry and fig along with subtle grass but the ipa character is hard to pick up. Slight roasted malt presence but not too strong because of the sweetness from the Belgian yeast.
Medium bodied with a slight syrupy, medicinal presence before being blasted with an extremely bitter and dry hop flavor that lingers over the sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. Lots of grassy, earthy pine and very, very dry. Much hoppier than the nose suggests The malts are only slightly roasted with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. There’s some vinous sweetness for balance but not nearly enough. Also, some alcohol sweetness in the finish but overall the ABV is well masked.