JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Tangerine aroma - strong amarilo presence. Dark ruby in color with a thick, creamy head. Explosive hop flavor with a twang of sweet malt and some dark crystal. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol builds as it warms. A real nice beverage. AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a very nice frothy head. Smell is piney, citrusy hops. Taste is pretty much the same, with a little bit of roasted malt to balance it out. And it truly is a very well balanced beer. The frothy head stuck around for the duration while drinking. An enjoyable and easy drinking brew. Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Bottle from Wholefoods for $4.50. pours a deep black, some ruby if held up to the light. Big fat tan head leaves tons of lacing all over. Smells of green hops and lots of it, with a little alcohol if you get a good whiff. This is one of the hoppiest beers I’ve had in a long time. And it takes a LOT for me to say that. Tastes initially of hops, the grapefruity kind and the underlying malt leaves some dark chocolate to go along with the quite bitter finish. I’m not huge on double IPAs but I could get used to this "dark" ipa thing! The malt doesn’t overshadow the hops (this thing has so much hops, i wonder what the IBU on this shit is) but it gives it the backbone it needs and adds complexity. I knew I should pick up a bottle of this before it was too late. Complex, unique, hoppy, highly alcoholic, what else do you want??? pforei (338) - USA - SEP 27, 2007
On tap at Hop Devil. Trappist style glass. Dark black color and dark beige head. Looks like a stout. But the aroma is perfume, floral, and grapefruit hops. There is a little chocolate and coffee to go along with the strong pine/citrus hop taste. But there also is some weird fruit taste that I can’t put my finger on. Medium to full bodied. Despite the hop content, the finish is surprisingly smooth and not overly bitter. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
This American Strong Ale pours a deep black color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized beige foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is big juicy grapefruity and piney hops with some chocolate malts in the background. A medium bodied ASA. The malts are roasted and chocolate, with a hint of coffee. The hops are intense, lots of grapefruit and pine. Bitter, but not overly so, it has a interesting interplay between the hops and the chocolate malts. Lively carbonation. Touch of alcohol at the finish. Interesting beer. I will be waiting to see how this one ages. I think I need to stock up… Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry.
jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2007
wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this brew, since i bought it without regard to the style. it poured black with a tan head, and before i smelled it i assumed it was a porter. the aroma belies the color; it’s hoppy and chocolatey with orange and grapefruit hops flavors interacting rather gracefully. a mega-hopped porter, but there is a full-fledged bitterness which stays around past the chocolate flavors. it’s a real-life incarnation of IIPA meets porter. i wonder what it tastes like after a few years in the cellar.... Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Charred oak pour, red light in the bottom. A lovely mocha milkshake head has a very long life. Strawberry, orange, and pine oil aroma. Pineapple, brown sugar and full candied malt foundation. Chocolate and nougat. Taste belies a bold Simcoe and Amarillo partnership. Underneath, the farbe malting hasn’t removed any black malt astringency, although it’s maybe dulled it a bit. Ashy french roast grind soaks in over the slick citrus sweetness, and fairly typical shampoo taste. Some cola. Quiet green apple tartness is well-placed, preceding a sweet lick of brownies with a bit of salt. An outside touch of watermelon sugar, which is lovely. This has the texture quality of an almost unroasted south american coffee; citrusy acidity dominates. A leafy hint of mint and sandy dark chocolate at the finish, and a burnt espresso flowering; the density of the dark malts leaves the slightest lingering of acrid touch. A surprisingly successful fusion of two elements, in themselves ripe with the possibility of unbelievable astringency. dwyerpg (6413) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Loved this guy. It really is like a black IPA, with a great hoppy aroma, but a dark complex roasty flavor. Just a truly yummy tasty beer. BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Poured from a bomber. Pours a beautiful deep brown (black) color with a moderate tan head that slowly diminished. Aroma of hops with underlying malts. Slight malt flavor leads into a hop explosion in the middle that lets out a bit of fruit flavor. Roastiness comes out more as the beer warms. Nice lacing and full on the palate. Seems like it would be awesome aged for a while to balance out the hops, I will have to see if I can find another to keep. Awesome. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2007
22oz. bomber. Deep, dark brown color with a fairly large sudsy tan head that wouldn’t go away. Fruity hop aroma that is heavy on the grapefruit, with a bit of stone fruit as well. A bit of sweet doughy malt in the background. Flavor starts off quite bitter, with the flavor of grapefruit pith and some pine. In the middle a bit of malt sweetness tries to emerge before being smacked back down by the hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol on the finish. Good, but just a bit too bitter for my tastes, which 2 years ago I would have said was impossible. Tastes change.