jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2010
22oz bomber. Pours black with a thick light tan head that leaves several swaths and many specks of lace on the glass. The aroma is just what one would expect: lots of fruity, citrusy, lightly floral hops with a strong undercurrent of black malt and burnt toast - adds an almost savory component to the aroma. The flavor starts hoppy with lots of citrus, a little pine, hints of tropical fruit.... Then, still towards the front of the palate but starting towards mid-palate, a tasty and pleasant emergence of bitter chocolate. There are some bready and lightly sweet qualities here and there, but they are overpowered by complex, dry, and bitter flavors of hops and roasted barley. The finish is dry and both hoppy and roasty (a little more hoppy than roasty though). The mouthfeel is tickling with just the right amount of carbonation that quickly releases into a swirling, creamy flood of bubbles. It lightens the otherwise medium-full body marvelously. Overall, a very nice brew - bitter and twisted, but a little more satisfying, nuanced, and balanced than the last black IPA I tried (sorry, Stone). cjgator3 (5) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010 does not count
A- Pours a dark black color with a large tan head that has excellent lacing and retention. Looks great in the glass.
S- The aroma is largely comprised of piney hop resins with very faint roasted malts. Smells great, can’t wait to try it!
T- The taste like the aroma has some faint roasted malts in the background with the hops clearly stealing the show in this one creating a nice lingering bitterness that leaves you craving the next sip.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, this is probably my favorite Side Project beer to date. I really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to try the next new release from Terrapin! SanfordBrewer (1641) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2010
Opaque Mahogany, no head, medium body, medium co2.redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2010
aroma: charred chocolate malt, laefy hop resin, slight nuttiness and roast..
T1= licorice, cola, co2.
T2= charred malt, earthy hops.
T3= dryish with some sticky char and hop bitterness.
like a cross between a dry stout and an ipa.
Easy drinking and possibly sessional with food.
draft @ redlight redlight. Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate on the nose with traces of vanilla. Pours black with an off white head. Roasted malts and bitter chocolate with coffee flavors and piney hops with a sticky resinous finish. Pretty solid! Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2010
Pours a lacing, tan head with a dark brown body. Aromas of brown sugar, roasted malt, pine, and grapefruit. Flavor is pine, roasted malt, brown sugar. Bitter, sticky, lasting finish.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
22oz bottle, courtesy of Mario. Thanks, dude! Pours a dark, cola-brown color; high clarity; small-bubbled, very light tan head, nicely creamy, with solid retention and lacing that sticks; attractive pour. Kind of a muted aroma, showing piney and mineral-like bitterness, and a watery roasted / ashy malt presence; very nondescript, slightly burnt, barely there. Medium to M-F body; moderately high carbonation for what we’re working with here; hints of warming, vinous / red-fruit alcohol presence; slightly rough around the edges; overcarbonated, almost fizzy presence in the mouth; medium amounts of burnt / roasted malts, moderate, non-resiny piney and mineral bitterness, but just very little here in terms of nuance or well-presented hop character; the malt core is simply blah. Lasting, basic mineral bitterness, touches of charred malts. DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2010
Bottle from Craft. Pours deep black with 2-finger tan head. Big piney hop nose matched by dark malt and chocolate. Tastes resiny hoppy up front, with the dark malt catching up nanoseconds later. Gets ever so s;ightly sweet as it warms, stays complex, and stays very malty. I still cannot totally resolve this style, as the hops never seem to meld as well with dark malt as caramel or pale malts, but this one was a fine example of the style. unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2010
VOLUME 10. 22oz bottle, foil wrapped. Pours jet black, light tan head. OMG, the aroma. Woody spruce hops, loads of hops. A touch of smoke, peat, and burnt grains. Flavor is a bit of burnt grains, light bacon, and bold hop bitterness. A little smoke. Very nice roast, even better bitterness. Nice char, wood, and pine. Loads of hops. Very yum, slightly Krunk. GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2010
Bottle. Dark, thin and black with a thick foamy head. Aroma of citrus hops and chalky powdered cocoa. Flavor is more of the powdered cocoa with a strong hop backbone. Very nice brew. One of my favorites of the Side Project series. jrob21 (3773) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2010
Wow reading through the reviews and the experiences and descriptions are all over the place. I got a bit of pine and bubblegum aroma. The flavor is where the black part of this really came out. Mid palate had a lot of roasty thick malt flavors and the texture was slightly gritty like cocoa. The finish had a bit of citrus and some pine again. One of the more entertaining side projects. Glad they hit a good one with version 10.