PorterPounder (8357) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pours pitch black with a sticky mocha colored head. Fresh, fragrant aroma with some heavy spruce and a hint of mint. Flavor has heavy citrus bitter, hoppy grapefruit notes with a bit of underlying caramel and a touch of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is thick and rich and not too tongue numbing. Pretty decent overall if just a tad one-dimensional. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle thanks to doodler. Pours with a very deep brown body and a brown head that stays. Aroma of hops, floral, honeysuckle, orange, baking flower, bread and biscuits. Flavors of chocolate, earth, biscuit, hops, flowers, bitterness, baking chocolate. Cake like in an odd way. Medium to high carbonation. Pretty tasty. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a stately cap of beige head. The aroma picked up toasted caramel and molasses upfront with fresh pine resin, sparkly citrus, and a hint of ashy smoke around.. spicy overall and well-presented. The flavor found a hefty dose of burnt black malt throughout, some giving off coffee and molasses character.. bitterness was bright and mostly piney.. finished with tacky black malts, a touch of smoke, and residual pine bitterness. Medium-bodied and scratchy across the palate.. a little sharp at times.. overall well-balanced with a tad too much burnt character. JStax (7307) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2015
12 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a nice dark brown to black with a beige head of foam. Good retention. The aroma was surprisingly a little caramelly with a subdued earthy hop profile. The taste starts with that sweet notes, but finishes dry and herbal. Medium body and moderate carbonation. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2010
22 oz bottle from GAManiac. Thanks, Grant! Pours a very dark blackish hue, brownish edges, a decent sized offwhite head dies to a decent film, decent lacing. Aromas are a nice piney floral hopping, roasted malts, touch of gentle vanilla and cocoa. Nice on the nose. Initial is a nice good roast and floral pine blend, very nice, moderate bitterness, roast, gentle vanilla and cocoa provide some sweetness, but it fairly bitter, nice mellow sweetness. The cocoa really grabs hold of me on the backend, provides an interesting contrast to the piney floral bitterness. Very nice, pretty drinkable, a light grapefruit and melange of pine and florals. This is quite pleasant, not an overblown hopping, but it works well with the mellow cocoa and good roastiness, touch of vanilla. If this is lighter abv, it plays into it’s favor. Nice.
AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Black color/ tan head. Mild floral hop aroma with black malt, mineral, caramel. medium bodied. Earthy mineral, dusty black malt, spicy hop flavors with a taste of caramel,. dry black bitter finish. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Bottle, probably sat on this one too long. But it has aged well. Choclatety flavor, roasty, hops have diminished. Very flavorful, great mouthfeel, oily. Real nice.! kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown to black body with a small fizzy light brown head. Nice roast and coffee notes mingling with moderate citrusy and bright hops. The flavor is a great balance between the darker malts and the bright citrusy hops. Some nice lingering coffee notes. The citrus and coffee together really complement each other, this makes me want a cup of strong espresso. Medium bodied with nice fizzy carbonation. The carbonation really emphasizes the hops nicely. Pretty good beer! egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Dark brown with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, toast, vanilla, roast, light smoke, pine, and citrus. Taste of roasty, citrus, piney, resiny hops, and a bitter grassy finish. obguthr (6826) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Draft at Brewvival: Lime, grapefruit, and licorice aroma. Dark brown, thick tan head, good lacing. Licorice and charred oak flavor, lime peel finish. Good beer, but the selection of hops doesn’t work well for the style.