dfearnley (2071) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2017
Lots of soy, molasses, toasted malt, caramel, rye, and orange. Taste is rye, roasted malt, molasses, and soy. Ferris (15027) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2017
Bottle - Sweet molasses and some spicy notes. Jet black with a rich light brown head. Perfumy hops and some sweet dark roast. Long finish. Stands up well and is kinda nice. zgaier (1951) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2016
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with a brown head and aroma of hops, rye, and brett. Taste is hippy as well, bitter with rye notes coming through along with wood and Brett leading to a bitter finish. jjgmd (2150) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2016
With Z, pours a rich dark black pour with a magnificent Java mocha tight fluffy head. Nose is hoppy with strong bitter deep bitter citrus. Taste is full of hops and nicely balanced, with bitter citrus. Finish of course ends on strong hoppy notes with a moderately long hoppy ending. A nice hoppy experience ! Quaff Score 8 / 10 FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2015
Sampled February 2014
drjay44 (3683) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2015
A soft pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three finger thick, nicely browned, dark tan colored head that leaves a fair amount of layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, concentrated, almost murky hued, brown color that shows opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of slightly burnt, but very ripe tangelo zest, peach concentrated, some light lychee, and lots of guava like notes. The roast character adds a toasted, brown grain character to the nose, but this is certainly secondary to the hops.
The beer has a biting citrusy hoppiness to it up front and this continues through to the finish. The middle is fairly bitter, which is brought out by the hops, but is accentuated by a biting roasted character that even takes on a bit of astringency towards the finish. The hop character here is the dominant note, though the roast character is quite a bit more present than it was in the aroma. Flavors of tangelo zest, floral guava, kumquat, and other floral nectar like hop notes. The body is fairly light, but has a soft fullness to it. The sharp, a bit acrid, roast character in the finish brings out some hot, spicy alcohol notes that detract a bit from the overall flavor.
The roast character makes the flavor a bit sharper and out of balance than I would prefer, but this is still a pretty good beer that I am enjoying.
750 ml. capped bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled beige head, with slight lacing, over a clear dark brown (SRM 30) body.......nose is roasted malts with chocolate, cocoa notes, dominating coffee, light toffee/caramel notes, light floral herbal hops, heavier pine, resin, hops balanced, slight esters......taste is slightly sweet, with toffee/caramel notes, chocolate, light coffee, from the roasted malts, pine, resin, floral notes from the hops, finishing with a mild hop bitterness......mouth feel, medium body, slight alcohol, slight stickiness, creamy carbonation. This is a very nice example of the style and meets the 2015 guidelines quite nicely. BJCP 9/3/15/5/8 UncleKorm (1315) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle was a gusher; poured a dark brown hue w/ an enormous tan head and sticky lacing. Bold musty aroma. Initial flavor is bold bitter w/ a light sour finish. Tastes are peppery rye, dark chocolate, red wine, oak, piney hops, and farmhouse funk. Medium bodied.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone djd07 (14369) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with medium beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is roast, dark chocolate, and rye. Medium mouth, rich, flavors matching nose, nice bitter finish, very good. Marheb (5726) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Liquide sain et vivant qui garde sa mousse pendant l’heure complète de sa dégustation. Café latte, biscuit à la mélasse et résine coniféreuse se lient parfaitement. J’ai rarement vu un tel équilibre de saveurs et de corps. Belle surprise. hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose is roasty and offers spicy grains accompanied by herbal and perfumey notes. Medium-bodied and uber creamy with soft carbonation. Bittersweet, balanced flavor and finish. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!