satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2009
this beer is truly a see saw of flavors and aromas. schitzophrenic in nature, it swings wildly between porter characteristics: chocolate notes, opaque apperance -- and that of an overly hopped strong american ale, with resiny aromas of pine that nearly pucker the palate with its bitterness. as i cracked the bottle, i put my nose to its neck and got an aroma of straight hops. upon the first pour, it had already flipped to some java notes. the touch of willamette hops marry perfectly with the roast. some elements near smoke or even wood. southern tier specializes in big beers, but this is one of the greatest examples of that ’style’ by them or anyone else. deep in complexities, this is a near masterpiece. User29624 (1687) - - APR 19, 2009
Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, along with caramel and chocolate malt. Flavor is great. Nice blend of citrus hops with smokey malt. Really good stuff. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2009
bomber from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful, transparent black, almost cola like, with a thin, light tan head and great lacing. aroma is amazing. huge floral and citrus hops that come through almost spicy with notes of ginger, grapefruit, and spruce backed by subtle scents of roast, smoke, coffee, and dark fruit. flavor is also delicious definitely one of a kind. big, slightly candied, citrus hops up with a lovely floral and herbal touch at mid swallow give way to flavors of mild roast coffee, caramel, and maybe a hint of chocolate. finish is hoppy and bitter initially but then leaves a roasted, nutty flavor on the toungue. mouthfeel is smooth, slightly sticky, with medium carbonation and just the slightest hint of alcohol. overall, a damn good and very interesting brew. foundmd (595) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is citrus hops, which is surprising for such a dark beer. There’s also some faint caramel and chocolate malt with a hint of bitter coffee. Flavor is unique, for sure, again combining the citrus and pine from the hops with the chocolate, caramel, and bitter coffee from the malts. Hints of licorice and a mineral earthiness are also evident. Finish is rather dry with lingering hop bitterness. Medium/full bodied with light fizz. A nice, interesting brew. NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2009
Pours black with no head. Aroma is coffee and citrus hops. Taste is the same plus a little chocolate and soda. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Syrupy mouth feel with low carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable - in fact, I didn’t realize how fast I drank this one. Very good beer.
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2009
Bomber from lilbeerdoctor, thanks Margaret. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is interesting, hops sure, but also sorta bitter coffee, maybe i’m just crazy tonight. Taste is more like i’d expect, sweet and hoppy, and nicely balanced. Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2009
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark ruby tinted red with a large offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is huge resin and pine hop notes with a bit of caramel. Taste is earthy, herbal citrus hops with a fair amount of toffee. Medium bodied. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2009
Aroma is very floral with hints of grapefruit and earthy hops. Light underlying roast and dark malt sweetness. Pours like a cola with a nice bubbly beige head and good lacing. Grainy dark malt flavors, touch of sweetness, mildly bitter earthy floral hops with just a slight hint of citrus, and then more grainy sweetness. In the finish is a mix of flavors that linger: earth, floral hops, dark malt and some alcohol and a bit of licorice. A touch of alcohol warmth. Lots of flavors, but to me not a lot of cohesion. By no means bad, but just not harmonious for me. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2009
Aroma is nicely hopped, grapefruit, piney, light coca-cola scent, sweet, and very floral aroma. Appearance is like the aroma. It pours like coca-cola, looks like coca-cola but with a medium sized tan head that lingers. Taste is hop forward, candy but good, sweet again but not too sweet. A really interesting beer to say the least. Palate has a lingering hop aftertaste, quite carbonated mouth feel, and a medicinal taste on the lips and tongue. Overall, I thought it was an interesting brew. I liked it. Cheers! elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 18, 2009
Bomber, shared with Alex and Bram. Pours pitch black with a wispy, soapy head. Aroma is of huge hops, primarily pine and grapefruit. Palate is subdued and more buttery than crisp overall. Flavors to this beer confuse me. They take awhile to really define themselves, and even then, it was an oddly grainy, brown sugary juxtaposition of hop fruitiness with dark malt, and licorice. I am a big fan of Southern Tier, but this beer just never comes together for me. Interestingly, the very experience of this not coming together is interesting . . . perhaps I can summarize by saying the flavors cancel themselves out to produce something indescript?