yespr (47581) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
From tap at Sacramento Brewing. Pours clear and golden deep amber to brown with a small off-white and creamy head. Aroma is roasted malt, light fruity note. Roasted caramelish and light chocolate like malt flavoured. Light bitterness and lingering roasted flavoured finish. Ungstrup (38489) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2009
Draft. A dark red beer with a lazing tan head. The aroma has notes of berries, caramel, and nuts. The flavor is sweet with notes of nuts, caramel, malt, and a bit of hops, leading to a medium bitter finish. Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2009
On tap. Pours a clear, beautiful reddish brown with a creamy nitro-like beige head leaving broad curtains of lacework. Lightly sweet roasted malts and a whiff of aroma hops. Medium body, hard roasted malts and nuts with some hops in the finish. Pleasant but not very IPAish. 130709 bhensonb (15767) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Tap at the Davis Beer Fest 2009. Story is that only 5 kegs were produced. Near opaque brown with a large tan head. Aromas of malt and rather floral hop. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is dark malt with a good deal of hop bitter. Bitter continues right through the finish. A candidate for black IPA. slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 9, 2014
"has the look of a black lager. very tight head when on tap, almost looked like it was NO2, but not quite. feel and finish were quite smooth as well. flavor was a little lighter than expected, especially the hops (in the nose as well) but it was a well balanced beer and the black, chocolate, and other amalts used were quite tasty, and provided a slightly bittersweet dry finish. not the best black ipa i’ve had, but pretty good, and different from any other Sierra Nevada beer I’ve had before."
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
marcus (10684) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Date: May 31, 2009
Source: Manuel’s Tavern, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine tan head, spidery lace
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma, lots of earthy hops, touch of caramel sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, caramel sweetness brings out the rich chocolate, lots of balancing hops, hint of citrus, touch of roasted, light nuttyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
On tap at the Sudwerk Beerfest 2009. This dark brown ale poured with a huge tan head and a malty aroma. There is a rich chocolate and coffee flavor with some excellent and subtle hopping. This is a unique and delicious brew. bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Draft. Dark bronze beer with a light tan head. malty aroma with citrus and pine. Caramel and toasty malt flavor with citrus and pine. Medium bodied. Decent bitterness. Caramel lingers with toasted malts and light citrus. A lot more malt than expecting. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2009
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 06/02/2009. Clear black body with ruby highlights and a small frothy off-white head. Light roast, chocolate, faint coffee, and a good hoppy aroma. Sweet chocolate and roast flavor with a good hoppy bitter finish. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Draft @ Sac Brew. Pours a dark, chocolate-brown color; light tan head with solid retention and lacing. Basic aroma of breadiness and deadened malts; chocolate; rather light. Medium mouthfeel: nicely balanced presence, lots of chocolate, lightly roasted malts, and cola; light acidity; good presence of mineral and citrus bitterness on the edges; a heavily drinkable rendition of a rather ridiculous style. Nice beer. Medium finish of chocolate and light lingering bitterness.