DeanF (2514) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
Perfect pour of grey dark beige head and a very brown-black body. Good job on the looks! Solid aroma of overlapping hops with barley notes in the background, creating an appealing complexity: coffee notes, chocolate, well balanced indeed. Flavour is a nice bitter mix of heavy hops with barley stout, coffee and bitter hoppiness in a perfect mix. Dry finish. Tree totally hit the mark with this one. Well done. bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Very dark, with a hint of ruby and a large rocky coffee and cream coloured head, leaving copious lacing on the glass. Complex aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, toasted grains, caramel, citrus, pine and herbal hops. Medium bodied, with a little more carbonation than I prefer, the taste is an epic battle of sweet malts and bitter hops with flavours like the aroma and a long dry acidic finish. Excellent. RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2012
Pours black with a thick beige head. Aromas of dark chocolate, grassy hops, sweet dark fruits. Full bodied velvety mouth feel with low carbonation. Flavours of espresso, dried blueberries, dark chocolate. Long, bold bitter finish with hints of honey. Definitely one of the best I’ve had of the style. wintyguy (69) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
This is a very good beer. Right up my alley. Pours nice and dark black ruby, with a nice thick slow cappuccino head that lasts and lasts. Very nice appearance. Tastes are of roasted malts and layered through with floral notes true to the IPA style. Nice carbonation for an overall good mouthfeel. I’m a fan for sure. I’d session the crap outta this one. andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2012
Pours a very dark brown/black with decent tan head diminishing to a nice sticky ring that laces the glass with a light covering that seems to stick around. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, some coffee and light grassy bitterness. Flavour is a mixture of bitter citrus, chocolate, roasted malt and sweetness that blends together quite nicely and for being 8 percent abv its not a boozy beer at all.
tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
Plenty of chocolate, orange-citrus, biscuit and roast character in the sweet nose. Opaque black body is topped by a decent and lasting, fine-bubbled, tan-brown head that sticks to the sides of the glass and laces well. Flavour has interesting elements of a strong and hoppy stout without the sweetness of an Imperial Stout - lots of roasted malt character, strong bitterness, plenty of chocolate and citrus flavour. Bitterness and dark chocolate linger in the aftertatse. Medium body has strong effervescence that really lightens the mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable as the alcohol is never apparent. Really well done. Tulip glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in February 2012. HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
650ml bottle. Very dark brown pour, big tan head. Dark roasted chocolate malts and citrus hop aromas. Dark bitter chocolate malt and bitter hops blend together in the taste very well. Body is full, but not heavy. Overall, this really worked and was very enjoyable. This had the best qualities of imperial stouts and IPAs. Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2013 Pours an opaque black with a nice brown head that dissipates quickly but leaves some foam across the top and some sticky lace. Aroma is a citrus/floral chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Taste bitter dark cocoa that transitions into chocolate sweetness that has a very smooth and gradual warming from the 8.8abv and then it throws some citrus hop bitterness on the very end. Very complex and full bodied but not heavy. Randy4Beer (513) - - FEB 5, 2016
A beautiful pour, black, but with deep brown hi-lights in the light. Off-white head. On the nose there is roasty malts, grassy hops, and dark chocolate. Tastes are a surprising amount of dark chocolate, over some nice slightly bitter hops. Slightly resiny. This is like a stout and an IPA had a beautiful baby. Love it. QcBeer (193) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
En versant la bouteille, une bonne couche de mousse vient s’installer sur ce liquide noir, mais qui devient rouge vin avec le reflet de lumière! Un nez de chocolat/vanille, caramel et malt torréfié!
En bouche, le chocolat, le café torréfié, un sentiment de goût fumé qui vient jouer avec le houblonnage en milieu de bouche! Un arrière goût café, caramélisé qui vient s’entremêler avec une amertume paisible au palais!