iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2007
On tap @ the brewpub. Clear dark reddish brown with a 1/2 finger beige head that fades to a film. Aroma of grapefruit, burnt caramel, piney hops, and misc. nuts--pretty hopped up. Flavor was grapefruit and lots of pine, burnt caramel and burnt toast. Long lingering bitterness. Tingly moderate carbonation, medium body. Not normal for the style, though still pretty good. I almost wonder if I should have placed this under American Strong Ale, but they told me at the brewpub it was a Double IPA. Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Tap @ Live Wire. Glad to see this again as I forgot to rate it after having some at Liar’s Club. Daunting, yet an easy drinker with a substantial hop finish. Pretty damn delicious. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Pours with a dark brown body topped by a thick, off-white head with a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a kick of piney hops and underlying caramel note and a bitter finish. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2007
On tap at O’Brien’s. Dark black, semi-transparent, fizzy pour with a healthy serving of well-sustaining frothy tan head. Very porter-like in appearance. Lots of fruity, citrus hops in the aroma, along with a subdued sense of caramel and toast that seems to linger in the background. Light to medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. At first, glimmers of the expected caramel and toast flavors start to appear on the palate, but this is quickly obliterated by a thundering hammer of pulpy white grapefruit hops that comes blasting through on the palate. The bitterness of the hops seems to keep growing more and more intense as the palate draws out its lengthy finish. The black color certainly is misleading with this one, as the hop flavors and palate dryness are so strong, they completely dominate the malt character, making this one drink similarly to a pale IPA. In fact, I also had a Pliny the Elder draft simultaneously, and did a side-by-side tasting. This beer actually had a much greater perceived bitterness to my palate, but the hop characters were much more one-dimensional than with the PtE. Still, a really cool beer. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Drafted at O’Briens. Had a sample of this and since I may not get a chance to try it again, I will jot down a note. Darkest IPA I ever seen. Is this really a, IPA? Tasted, smelled like one. Interesting hops confused by the dark color.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Draft at O’Brien’s. Like a good Schwartzbeir, this didn’t look anything like it tasted. Lots of hoppy aroma off this dark brown ale with some decent tan head... Hops were fruity, apricot and mango. Some citrus but more light fruit. Body was medium, and the flavor was more hops. Strong bitter and delicious. More pine on the flavor than in the aroma. Very very good. danem (15) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2007
On tap at Pizza Port Calrsbad. Unusually dark , deep reddish-brown color, almost black with very little lacing. Roasted malt aroma with a slight hop note. Malty for an IPA but great balance, not as one dimensional as the more extreme IPAs out there. Hoppy bitterness comes out on the moderate finish. A great example of trying something different. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Sampled at Liars Club 7th Anniversary. This beer was made specifically for the Liars Club by Jeff Bagby to mark their 7th anniversary.
Dark dark dark brown, almost black color. Aroma is pure Pizza Port hops. There is a bit more malt than usual, but this beer kind of resembles an IPA with food coloring in it. I like Logans description - like a hopped up schwarz bier. Good stuff. DenverLogan (1228) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Dark brown, small amber head, hoppy, slight molassas, and rich roasted malt aroma. Kind of like a strong, hoppy schwarz bier...rich roasted dark malts, some hoppy bitterness, dry, lingering bitter hoppy finish.