ben4321 (6772) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 7/31/14 Itzjerm (3134) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Aroma: The nose is fairly roasty and toasty, with some light earthy hop notes
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a slight orange hue and thick froth of beige head/lace
Flavor: Hops come out more in the flavor, balanced between the roast/toast and earthy bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-to-full, fairly smooth, almost creamy, with a dry finish
Looks like I’m the 50th rater of this one, so that’s a thing I guess. This was better than I expected it to be. Not too bad at all.
An average black IPA, with an over carbed basic flavor. No head and no aroma... typical saranac. Thins fading head. No malty chocolate, bitter and fades to nothing. kidobutai (698) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
My favorite offering from Saranac thus far. Poured from a bottle. Nice aroma of roasted malt, taste has a citrus in the back of the mouth. Big head, rich color, good lacing. generallee08 (778) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: It has a very dark brown to black look which is nearly opaque. There is a ton of carbonation running the sides of the glass. On top there is a light tan head which hang on well and makes nice sticky lace on the glass.
Smell: There are some citrus hop notes over bready maltiness in the nose.
Taste / Palate: Up front there is a light bready malt and some citrus hop notes. Hop bitterness along with some toasted notes build up and starts to linger long in to the finish. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle, best before March 31, 2014. Oh well, this was a gift from a friend and he gave me the bottle about a month ago. Served in a DFH IPA glass, the beer pours a mahogany color with a couple inch light tan head that sticked around for a while. There’s also a good amount of lacing. The beer smells like roasted and bready malt, chocolate, herbal hops, and some light citrusy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also a bit of dark bread and coffee noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Hopefully in the future I’ll get to try a fresher bottle of this.
Theydon_Bois (20890) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to the CDA finder general, 27/03/14. madmitch76 (25801) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2014
Extremely dark mahogany brown with a moderate tan covering.
Nose is light roast, pine, dark malts, spice.
Taste comprises a touch of roast, grapefruit, light dankish hop presence, spice.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
So so CDA.
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014 27th March 2014 Leighton (22550) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s. Thanks to Leighton. Almost clear brown beer, small pale cream coloured head. Palate is crisp and dry. Sweet lactose in the dark malts, no roast or bitterness. Mild tangy dark fruits and a light dry finish. Too much lactose in the way here.
Bottle shared in London - picked up in NC. Pours clear, light brown with a frothy, off-white head. The nose has toasty caramel, bread, suggestions of cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with light earthy bitterness, more toasted caramel, brown bread leaves, hints of cocoa and dirt. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Very basic finish, some burnt wood, earth, baking cocoa, toasted leaves. OK. scarletfire65 (1513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle at home from Variety Pack. Aroma of herbal hops, sugar, dark malt. Flavor is lightly roasted malt, rubber, sage. Dry finish, slight acidity. Meh. RichieBoy (70) - Getzville, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2014
From a 12oz. bottle it poured a nice dark brown, almost black color (like a cola) with a one finger head that dissipated almost entirely but left nice lacing around the glass. Aroma was not very strong but I could smell grassy hops. Mouthfeel was slick and carbonation was average, The bitter finish was moderate-heavy. Overall this beer was just OK, I wouldn’t go out of my way to order it if I were out.