BBB63 (6557) - 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!Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 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 @ Hamilton’s Tavern San Diego. A big black IPA, similar to stone 11th but bigger! Nice hoppy nose with some toasted malt. Big bitter finish. Dogbrick (13006) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Sample at the brewpub. This beer is an opaque and pretty burgundy color with a medium thin and creamy light tan head that recedes steadily. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grassy hops and citrus, as well as a touch of malt. Medium-bodied and hoppy with notes of pine and grapefruit, underscored by an earthy malt flavor. The finish is hoppy and leaves a pine aftertaste. Solid all around. BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
On draft at O’Brien’s for CBC/WBC.
Appearance is a pitch black hue, thin layer of off-white head dissipates, minimal lacing.
Smell is big grassy and pine hops, subtle roast and caramel malts, alcohol, and sweet candy.
Taste is big hops and alcohol burn initially, opens up to coffee and roast malts, pine resin and caramel linger, finishes bitter and dry with moderate alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery smooth texture, amped up carbonation.
Drinkability is moderate and hampered mostly by the alcohol presence which seems larger than the 8%, overall a nice balance of malts and hops, more of a sipping beer.
hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Draft... RBSG... Almost pitch black with a burnt orange hue when held up to the So Cal sunshine. Nice, creamy, off-white head with terrific retention and thick, creamy lacework that clings tightly to the side of the glass. Hoppy, fruity, roasted aroma. Full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. A lot of bitterness with low residual sweetness, but near-balance is somehow attained. Deeply roasted finish provides moderate bitterness with a pinch of salt.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Draft at small bar: Lacey off-white head, dark blackish appearance. Caramelly hop nose. Flavors caramelly and hoppy with notes of toffee. and a slight hint of medicine, and bursts of minty pine. Very drinkable beer and refreshing with a little toffee depth added to the usual west coast ipa flavors JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Draft at PP Carlsbad. Dark brown/red pour with nice thick foam head. Roasted malt, caramel, bitter hops, pine, citrus, and grapefruit. It’s a really nice black IPA, one of the better ones. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2009
On tap at PP Carlsbad a few weeks back. Color was a dark brown to black. Aroma of roasted malt, with a lot of citrus. Really nice aroma. In the flavor the "dark" component was largely overshadowed by a very good IPA. Hoppy and citrusy. Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
Tap @ 4:20, Rome. Pours black with a creamy white head and lacings. Vague roast, some coffee. Well integrated hop flavor. Medium and smooth body. Very tasty Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2010
On tap. RBESG Rome 2010. Pours black and opaque with a dense light brown head with good retention. Hard roasted malts in the nose with plenty of American aroma hops. Medium body, hard roasted malts and perfumy aroma hops leaving a solid bitterness. 060610