bhensonb (15838) - 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. marcus (10736) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
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. Oscbert (1321) - Lincoln, California, USA - OCT 7, 2009
On tap at Sac Brew. flyingshoes (100) - USA - JUN 3, 2009
~Pours a rich black with lasting creamy white yellowish head.
~Aroma of subtle chocolate malts with sweet grapefruity hops. hops are slightly more dominate.
~Flavor of roasted chocolate malts with sweet grapefruit hops at finish. Malts dominate at first then hops take the finish.
~Medium to full bodied. Medium high carbonation, bitter hoppy and roasted finish.
~Enjoyable brew. Great marriage of malts and hops. Too bad this isnt easy to come by.
On tap at Capital Ale House Downtown. This almost seemed like another example of a black IPA, although I don’t really know the story behind it.. Up front, there is a strong chocolate flavor which is immediately followed by a nice hoppy blast. As it warms, the alcohol begins to show through, but the notes of chocolate are strong throughout. Delicious. pbrick (13) - Roseville, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
On Tap at Own Club in Roseville.
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma shows orange, chocolate and a lot of fruity yeast. Taste run on the roasted side up front, but carries a significant bitterness and citrusy hop finish. Medium-full body, dry finish with long lasting hop and chocolate notes.
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 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 Capital Alehouse Midlothian. Dark brown black with great red highlights. Aroma was coffee and sweet hops. Flavor was roast and dark chocolate. crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2009
On tap at Capital Ale House Innsbrook. Has a rich roasted coffee and chocolate flavor but still has the hop presence that you would always expect from Sierra Nevada. It was a pleasure to try this "elusive" beer. 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. slowrunner77 (12972) - 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."