Oakes (17858) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2004
Almost black. Hugely roasty aroma, with a slight fruitiness. Intensely roasty palate. Very hoppy (some tropical fruit notes derive from this). Balanced, very intense. A little two-dimensional, for a style that exemplifies complexity, but I think they were going for a bigger version of the Storm King theme on this one. Like that beer, it’s nice, but not complex enough to be a show-stopper. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2004
(brewtopia04) Black body with lovely turgif pour that results in a large tan head. Lovely lacing too. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, cocoa, grapefruit, faint anise. Taste is creamy, coffee, grapefruit, some vinous. Finish is grapefruit and mild alcohol burn. Full body. hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2004
This beer rocks!... on tap at Brewtopia 2004... Very, very dark brew with a creamy, well-tanned head. The nose is of cocoa, smoke, espresso and hay. The burnt flavor is of dark cocoa and is very well-hopped for balance. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, burnt, bitter finish. World class beer! FROTHINGSLOSH (7901) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 I do not know why they do not make this one more as it was an excellent example of a wonderful style. +++Draft - the beer poured completely black. Raising the glass to the light did not enable any light to shine through. There was a moderately sized dark brown creamy head that really lingered for a long time. The aroma was sharp and sour with strong hops and a hint of chocolate. This translated well into the flavor which was strongly hoppy and had a decent chocolate and coffee presence. The large malt elements balances the beer well on the front but the finish is completely dominated by the hops. The texture is thick and amazingly creamy. Like drinking liquid silk. I really wish they would make this one again. Marvelous! notalush (5883) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2004
draught at brewtopia - in order to sample this beer I had to - 1. wait for the seemingly ignored southern tier folks to get ice in their coolers - and - 2. tolertate the somewhat inhospitable southern tier reps - but it was so worth it - this is amazing stuff - one of the darkest tan heads I’ve ever seen, with an aroma of roasted nuts and coffee - hoppy for an IS? - sure, but so is Storm King, and that beer rules - besides, the hops really help to accent the roasty, woody, nutty characteristics of the beer - very full bodied - chocolate lingers in the finish forever - too bad this is a one-off.
CapFlu (5128) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2004
(Draught) Sampled at the Empire State Brewfest. Quick -dissipating brown head and an opaque body. Nose of cocoa and malt. Very hoppy flavour but somewhat thin. I couldn’t detect the high ABV. Its definitely a good beer and worth trying but I think its somewhat over-hyped? This brewery has done some fantastic recipes though... keep it up. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [draft - MacGregor’s - Henrietta, NY] Dark black color with a thick brown head. Strong chocolate aroma with roasted malts underneath. Very smooth taste of chocolate and roasty malts with a nice blend of hops and a good coffee finish. So smooth and creamy. I was shocked to see that it was 10.5%. DYCSoccer17 (3703) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Sampled at Empire Brewfest. Roasty chocolate aroma, with hints of booziness in there too. Nearly opaque blackish color with some redness around the edges. Brown head. Deep bitter bitter chocolate, hoppy flavor. Very dry. Ethanol comes through towards the end. Not shabby, but doesnt blow me out of the water. I think the ABV could be turned down. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Tap at Brewtopia, Good nose, usual chocolate coffee thing. Brownish black color. Burnt/chocolate/coffee flavors. Thinner than I expected, though still oily creamy. Very tasty. Nice brew from New York Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Tap @ Barcade. Pretty damn dark with aromas of chocolate malts and dried fruits. Taste is bittered nicely with even more roasted flavors. This stuff is not 13% but 10.5%. Masked nicely though. This brewery is constantly impressing me more each beer.