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." MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
(Sample Date: 6/2/2009 Source:Other) India Dark Elusive Ale. Dark malts hints of raisin and roast in aroma. Cloudy dark brown with small white head. Malty with some grainy astringency. Finish is dry roasty. Flavor has robust American hop profile. Oscbert (1319) - Lincoln, California, USA - OCT 7, 2009
On tap at Sac Brew.
~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. 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. 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
yespr (47567) - 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. 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. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Ungstrup (38423) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 13, 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
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. 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.