jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2009
All the good of an imperial styled beer without the bad of the dreaded brown ale style. Loads of hops both in the flavor and the aroma. Good amount of sweetness, which leads to a surprise with the palate. It is much less sticky then I would have expected. Quite good, one of these guys better beers. DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Dark mahogany under a big, creamy, tan head. Fresh hoppy aroma, molasses, roasted grains, even some dark chocolate in the aroma. Medium to full body, smooth and creamy palate, yet dry. Interesting flavor profile with a molasses sweetness up front, but lots of spicy hop bitterness in a long, bitter finish. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2009
One of the best new beers I have tasted this year. Aroma has changed on me as it warmed. Upon opening the bottle,I got the huge rush of fresh hopshuge and satisfying,with just enough chocolate malt that if you were blindfolded you would know this could not be a pale ale. As this warmed,that chocolate brownie mix aroma began to dominate ,always with the hops giving occasional blasts,taste is a very flavorful Chocolate syrup / maybe some bakers bitter chocolate,a hint of anise in finish,and the rich hopping just flowing through the whole mixture. It is absolutely the best of both(malt,hops) worlds. You can tell there is a high ABV,but you really can’t taste it All these wonderful flavors ,this strange dark color,what does it mean grasshopper?Absolutely amazing. Again ,you come into a new year with 1300+ ratings and you think you can’t taste anything really new,but the brewers always prove you wrong Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Had a little white wine with my chicken cacciatore birthday dinner. I needed something dark and bold to follow this up. I went with this beer. Perfect choice. Dark pour, hugely dark with 2 finger head. Lacing all over the glass. Beautiful. A hugely hoppy aroma. Before even a sip, I was anticipating greatness. I was not dissapointed. Thick chalky chocolate, caramel malts just punched in the face by a piney hopped bully. The flavors were almost perfectly balanced. I loved it! Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Thanks to Peter for the bomber! Poured clear, deeper brown with a surprisingly short cap of tan head. The aroma picked up an interesting blend of malts (chocolate and molasses with a sweet complexion) supporting bright pine and citrusy hoppage.. really well-balanced. The flavor was just as good.. molasses led the malt base with coffee, black patent, and chocolate in there too.. quite bitter on the edges with pine, citrus zest, and floral character.. long bitter finish carried through some of the tasty malt. Medium-plus bodied with low-to-moderate carbonation on the palate.. balance was spot on, and the 9% didn’t show until after the drink.
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
[2124-20090502] 650mL bottle. Mildly grassy hops aroma. Clear, very dark brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Roasted nutty malt flavour. Medium-full body is smooth. Drinkable and pleasant.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JUN 10, 2009
(c/o DuctTape, w/ him, jerc)
Pours brownish/black with tan head. Aroma of piney hops. Taste of hops and chocolate. Nice combo that is not expected. Medium mouthfeel. This is very good. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Poured a dark brown color with okay head and good lacing. Aroma was lots of pine and citrus hops, as it warmed could smell the caramel malts. Flavor was much the same with the lots of hops that pushed out the chocolate that should have been there. Good brew, doesn’t fit the label though.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Poured from bomber into snifter. Very sold light tan head already starting to lace after a few minutes of letting the head settle a bit. Very beautiful dark brown color with a touch of ruby. Aroma is incredible, dark hot chocolate and floral hops combination - seriously delicious smells. Pretty much exactly the way I would describe the flavor. These are sips to savor - subtle roasted quality on the palate, nice and bold but not overpowering with a great warming quality. screigh (737) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Pours a bit darker than cola. Almost to the point you can’t see through it. Nice sized white head with small bubbles. Slight malty aroma with a bit of chocolate. Amazing flavor, tastes like a mild chocolate stout and and IPA mixed together with nothing out of place. A sweetness, a roastyness, some chocolate, hop bitterness and hop flavor. One of the best purchases I have picked up in quite awhile.