Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2009
22oz. Bomber. Another winner from Southern Tier. Close your eyes and its another impressive Imperial IPA. I don’t notice any of the stout characteristics mentioned by others except for the color. Inky blackish color with a thin head and subtle lacing. Strong whiff of grapefruit with a bit of lemon zest and pine. Flavor is dominated by hops with a spicy citrus character. The non IPA characteristics of this beer are very subtle and if not for the color I’m not sure you would notice them at all. Perhaps a hint of roasted barley and a touch of cocoa flavor. Very smooth and velvety texture with medium carbonation and no hint of the high alcohol content. Finishes with a flourishing dry bitterness. A highly drinkable brew that I could see turning into a session beer. KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 Aroma of caramel and hops...It tastes similar to the back burner barleywine but that could be the color affecting my ability to judge the taste... interesting ale... hints of pine and hops... very tasty DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2009
Pours deep black wirh ruby edges and 1-finger off-khaki head. Nose is malt, heavy piney wet hops, pineapple. Tastes very hoppy, very dark malty, with a bit of dark choc flavor mixed with the piney hops, bitter dryness, and pineaplle flavors. Medium, fizzy palate. This one seems a bit off kilter, and gets very discombobulated as it warms up. Still, big bonus style and originailty points here. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2009
Opaque black body beneath a light brown head. Aroma of roasted barley with hints of cocoa and piney hops. Black malt flavors with a hint of milk chocolate and followed by pine and citrus hops. Interesting beer, initial flavors are reminiscent of a sweet stout and the finish of an IPA. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 28, 2009
Bomber. Dark brown with a big, loose, tan head. Nose is grapefruit and some pine, some roasty aromas. Excellent sheet lace. Nice bittersweet citrus flavors, a bit candylike. A bit of roast malt pops up late, Body is smooth and just a bit creamy. Lingering pink grapefruit flavors in the finish, a bit or resinous pine. Can’t detect the alcohol. Interesting brew, and a nice drinker.
mkunz (19) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2009
Small to average off white head. Nice dark brown with bits of red. Aroma was malty at first then all I could get was hops mostly citrusy but after a while I got more of the roasty aroma. This beer is very smooth and balanced which leaves it somewhat average. Sweet, smoooooth and creamy with chocolate, a bit of raisin?, hops balanced well with malt and a tiny bit of alcohol bite. Overall a good beer to drink but not incredible. doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2009
Tasting shared with the Monarch of Malt Drbayern, The king of Cool Celticbrew, Uncles Steve and Tom, our New Beer pimp Brian and Dancin’ Paul. Poured dark with a light, off color head that was creamy. The aroma was predominantly malt. It was Hoppy, but the malt flavors came through nicely, making it sort of like an over hopped stout. The finish was great, and the mouthfeel was wonderful! marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2009
Roasted malty aromas and a dark black body with grayish brown head. Flavor is similar to a stout or porter. Good roasted malty flavors. Creamy palate with a good level of richness and duration. Balanced. tennisjoel (1460) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2009
Black pour with essentially no head. Interesting aroma of unripened fruit, vegetal, and some light coffee roast. The roast comes out more in the flavor, as well as a sweet candyish flavor which is hard to explain. A touch of black pepper spice on the finish. This may be one of the most unique beers I’ve ever tried. Don’t really no what to think of it. Not all that great, yet not bad either. mar (5417) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep chocolate pour with a rocky cream froth. rye and citrusy hops on the nose. good thickness with a heavy rye flavor and a bitter finish.