Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TheAlum (7135) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.!
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Beerman6686 (6595) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was darker roasted malts and a good amount of citrus specifically grapefruit hops. Flavor was more roasted than expected, almost overpowering the large amount of hops in this one. A bit too roasted for what I was expecting and was lmost more lik a hoppy porter than a black IPA.
kramer (6578) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to boomer0813, black walnut color with soapy white foam, aroma of smokey licorice, flavor of cocoa,hops, smoke and caramel
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my other NB Worthy glass: Pours a deep cola brown turning near black topped by a big assed frothy tan head that left excellent lacing, beautiful brew. The aroma has notes of charred, nutty, caramel, coffee, and biscuity malts thrown around by some piney resiny and a touch of grassy noble hops too. I found a bit of anise, leather, tar, and bubblegum too. The taste is well balanced between the sweet and astrengent malts versus the snappy and spicy hops. Plenty of coffeeish and bakers dark chocolate too. The mouth feel is sprite and oily, a bit chalky but easily drinkable. A top notch Dark Cascadian Black India not quite so pale Ale. Mikey Likey damn it. deal. Next to Beer Here Dark Hops, the 2nd best of new genre I have had.
egajdzis (6377) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of resiny hops, roasty, spicy. Tastes of pepper, bitter, roasty, some coffee, chocolate on the finish.