SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
On draft at SD BrewCo during CDC week. Arrives a clear, dark brown color with garnet highlights when held to light and a small whitish head that leaves stringy lace. Aroma of nice roasty malts with plenty of hop character, citrus and pine prominent along with a burnt caramel scent. Flavor is good, more of the roasty malts, counterpointed by pine resin and lemon peel, also ash and hints of bitter chocolate. Mediu body, gently crispy carbonation. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2008
On tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA--Poured a deep brown body with a thin white head. Citrus hoppy aroma with some rich dark maltiness. Fruitiness quite enjoyable. Rich, sweet, candy flavor with a biting bitter finish. Nice beer! holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2008
On tap at DLD 2008. Pours a brown black with a white head. Hoppy fruit aromas. Lemons, oranges, grapefruits, and pine. Smooth medium body. The citrus, grapefruit, and pine flavors are accented by brown sugar and touch of roasted malts. Finishes with a slight bitterness. I had no idea it was 8.3%. Tasty beer overall. sunevdj (4144) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear very dark brown with a tanned head and massive lasings. Bitter with hoppy aromas of resin and pine. Low carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Bitter finish with some sour hopsaromas and a hint of alcohol. Interesting, but kinda one-sided. Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2008
Draught from PP Carlsbad. Totally opaque dark brown with very white nitro-looking creamy long lasting milkshake head. Sweet but balanced nose. Hot! Solvent! Disappointment.
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2008
Tap at DLD 2008: Boy was I surprised to see this, thanks Nick and the guys at FFF for bringing in this guest beer!drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
Nearly opaque with a small off-white head and good lacing. The aroma has notes of grapefruit and mango, piney resiny hops, a bit leafy and earthy too, some charred and caramel malt, and a hint of woody smoke. The taste is quite balanced between the malt and hop providing a few different layers of bitterness. The acidity cleans the palate and makes you really for the next taste. Mild roast and smoke towards the mineral tones finish. The mouth feel is aggressive and bright. A very nice beer overall.
on tap at DLD 08. pours black with off white head. nose is hoppy, grapefruit and piney with subtle hints of toasted malts and chocolate. flavors are much of the same, subtle roast and citrus to it. a full mouth feel. clean finish. i wish i could drink more of this. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2009 draft at DLD. Very interesting beer, nose is distinctly of pot and pungent hops. Taste is comparable. Very hoppy with a minimal amount of roastiness. Very nice beer with a very dark look. JorisPPattyn (10122) - BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
Draught; described by Jeff as a double IPA Black beer with orange-brown highlights, covered with a cream-coloured head. Hops, and this time no doubt US ones; fresh and leafy, some cookies. Sharp bitter, near-metallic taste with bitter chocolate flavours; long bitter-harsh aftertaste. Well bodied, but rather harsh on the throat. Not bad! Original interpretation of an IIPA. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
Tap @ Solana Beach. Pours jet black with a short-lived fizzy head. Toast, rye, hops, pine, apple, and some smoke. Sharp, crisp hop bite up front with a lot of pepper and grapefruit. The malt gives it a velvet feel and a nice, rich, earthy back. A fair amount of roasted flavor, but its almost more like a toasted rye as opposed to a roasted malt. Kind of a nice tobacco flavor. Just an excellent beer.