jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Pours dark brownish black with clear ruby edges and an off-white head - looks somewhat like a Schwarzbier. Medium intensity aroma has a mixture of piney citrusy PacNW hops, caramel and a tinge of mocha. For 9% abv, this is very very drinkable. Flavor starts with a sweet malty caramel base, a touch of biscuit, light unroasty chocolate, then a prominent hop presence flavor-wise. The bitterness, however, is more sudued than you would think. This ends on a sweet malty note. Medium bodied on the palate with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Sort of like a doppelbock/ipa hybrid. Not amazing but enjoyable. emacgee (4680) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Thanks oldgrowth for sharing. Pours a dark brown that allows some light and a thin light tan head. The nose is hoppy, citrusy, fresh, resinous, sticks with the typical Southern Tier hop profile which I’m not a huge fan of. Resinous hoppy flavor, grapefruit rind, oily, some dark roast and chocolate. Nice dark hoppy beer just not my kind of hops. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUN 18, 2009
22oz. bottle. Piney, floral, citric aroma, lightly sweet and roasty with notes of grapefruit, peppery spice and mocha. Brown-black color with dark mahogany highlights and a foamy, tan head with very nice lacing. Flavor is an interesting blend of roasty, gently sweet, dark chocolate malts, citric, spicy, earthy hop flavors, substantial bitterness and the lurking alcohol in the background. Finishes fairly dry, hoppy and pungent with a lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is substantial and not overly carbonated, body is pleasantly full. Very nice, not nearly as menacing as the packaging would imply. drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2009
22oz bomber. Dark, dark brown pour with a brown white head, small to medium, with some staying power. Nose wasn’t much, but I did start it a bit too cold. I got some citrus, not a lot else. Flavor is quite nice, and fairly complex. Good toasty chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, but well balanced with a citrusy hop flavor. Good solid mouthfeel, not too syrupy, not too thin. Quite a nice beer. BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Visiting the taphouse bar and grill in norfolk. Sister to the one in hampton. Met the bartender who was kewl and found out he just was in austin a couple of week before hand. Tried this on tap, do not remember seeing it in ST’s lineup.
The appearance is blackish with a nich fine creamy head.
The nose. Dang this is straight up bad ass. Hops, hops, and some maltyiness comes through.
The miuthfeel is creamy, nice hop presence that is not to overbearing and finishes with that nice hoppy/malty balance.
If its as good as this in the bottle then I want some.
I feel it could benefit from some cellaring. This is due to some boozyness in the mouthfeel
Overall a very fine beer that will sneak up on ya
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-18-2009 03:35:49
pootzboy (1760) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2010 Bomber:
My 3rd big ST from trade. This one looks like a double porter with some bite.
Black-brown, tan cap that stays.
Flavour is caramel, toasty, nutty, cocoa, earthy underneath floral, pine resin and botanicals. Long finish with a toasty bitter tang.
Big friggin’ dark ale... I like it! ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Thanks to OldGrowth for sharing this one! Dark brown pour thick tan head and a little spotty lace. Caramel and oaky tannins on the nose. Flavor dominated by caramel and toffee with notable hoppy hints and oak cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2009
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 Bottle from Bottleworks. Pours a solid dark brown with tan head. Aroma of treacle, caramel, pine, vanilla. Nice sweet flavor of toffee balanced well with the bitterness of cocoa. Smooth, full bodied, with a littley smokiness on the finish. zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Nice beer, on tap at Sunset. Aroma of citrus and caramel. Taste of same notes. Enjoyable. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours basically a black body with a finger-width, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is pretty nice. Lots of moderately sweet, floral pines and citrus. Some nice caramel and mango too. When this warms up for a few minutes, the chocolate and lightly roasted malts come in and make this very nice smelling after mixing with the hops and fruit. Flavor is much the same. Starts off with moderately sweet, toasty caramels before the sweet citrus, moderate pines, and mango make up the middle. The black malts and chocolate come in during the finish along with a bit of a molasses taste. Lots of citrus and unaggressive pine come in as well drying this out. Lingering taste is really enjoyable. A nice mix of chalky roast, piney citrus, sweet malts, and a light chocolate that lasts for quite awhile. Palate is medium bodied, smooth, and a bit chewy. Overall, a really good beer. I like the big IPA taste mixed with the black malts. They did a very impressive job with this and I can’t wait to have more in the future.