kidmartinek (5000) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Yeah, I guess its black with 30% tan foam on the pour. Frothy, tan foamy, looks good. Soapy, toasted malt aroma. Very bitter. Soapy, bitter toasted malt flavor almost burnt at times. Cascade out the ass. More like a dark imperial pilsner. Damn bitter, and good for that, but the soap? Some other hop or grain is needed to balance. XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Had at Autumn Brew Review 2013, bitter black malt mess, kinda had a funk finish. Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2013
22oz bottle 4/25/13 (Binny’s Naperville Clearance Rack)-62° in Shaker-Pours black with a big loose tan head. Aroma of malt, wood, smoke, and a little anise. Taste of malt, smoke, wood, and hops. This medium bodied brew is a mess. I was expecting more but disappointed. Cybercat (5841) - Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Strong aroma is quite resiny with a citrus underpinning and a smoky note. It pours a beautiful warm sable with a thick, frothy and rather persistent light tan head. Flavor has a hoppy, woody core and a nice smoky tone - but not much else. Has a watered-down feel to it. Texture has only average body an fizz, and the smoky, hoppy finish is unpleasantly green-wood bitter. Too bad the flavor didn’t match the tempting appearance, or this would have been a damned good beer. Well, better luck next batch. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2013
22oz bottle. Black pour. Aroma of earthy, leathery, wooded hops. Heavy roast. Burnt sulphur match tip flavor. Thin, nice roast. Licorice bitterness. Lingering hop. (3610)
chawkfan (27) - USA - JAN 26, 2013
Nothing much going on with this beer. Couldn’t smell anything and the taste was rather bland
fallingleaves (32) - Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2012
While this beer is beautiful to look at, with great lacing in the head, its taste does not deliver, as its bitterness overshadows any scent of grapefruit or citrus flavors at the end of the sip. This BIPA has a definite smokey flavor throughout, but really leaves a bad after taste. I would expect Sprecher’s to have a better product than this. jmohno (1620) - Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Dark chocolate/black.Good sized head,creamy foam,nice lacing.
Aroma is hoppy with citrus,some sweetness,breadiness,maybe slight chocolate.Maybe some oxidation .B vitamins?- Later on.
Taste starts off good/ok but ends on an astrigent burnt malt finish.With piney bittering.Seems overly roasty/burnt. KInd of almost tasteless until warming then hosp show can do without the abrubt finish. Medium/light bodied.This is ok but dont know why everybody seems to hate it. uhclem (429) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Not the best. All things being equal, the deal-breaker was the burnt, ashy taste. cubs (10636) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Foco. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a brown head without much retention. Weird bready, tangy, burnt, ashy, herbal, sort of spicy, unpleasant aroma. Bitter, burnt roasty, coffee, ashy/smoky, herbal, slight veggie flavor. Gross.