CarlJonas (231) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2012
Dark ruby red, big nicotine coloured head with long retention. Aroma of fruit liqueur filled chocolate pralines. The taste is almost like an inverted chocolate praline, first comes the sweet slightly alcoholic fruity innards, then the bitter dark chocolate. After that the hops take over for a looong and very bitter finish with some roasted notes. Medium mouthfeel. The bitterness in the finish was a bit harsh for me and I think my bottle could have been fresher, but still a very rich and complex beer. Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2012
From Growler. Pours dark brown with amber edges and a medium tan head. Aroma is toasted malts, caramel and big citrus/resin hops. Taste is hoppy citrus and more reson with wooden, dark malts, some vanilla. Bitter and reasonable dry finish. Good. tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle 33 cl, SB. Pours blackwith a huge creamy bubbly tanned head leaving plenty of lace. Aroma is sweet roasted molassis bready a bit sweet coffee fruity; very nice and balanced. Flavor ís velvety bitter roasted malty a bit peppery tar dark chocolate fruity; very drinkable very good. Finishes lobglived bitter roasted and malty. ekstedt (6948) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle (355 ml) from Systembolaget. Clear deep reddish brown, rocky beige head. Strong piney, resiny and citric hop aroma, some lightly roasted chocolate. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi dry with lingering bitter finish. Abrakarl (436) - SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2012
Extremely hoppy aroma which is very nice, but there is something a little funky in the background besides some coffee. Sweet and some bitterness. This is an interesting type of beer. Caramell perhaps. Will buy more of this. Nice solid head too which is good for overall impression. A bit less bitterness than some IIPAs and not so much carbonation.
Zymurgeist2 (2349) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Out of a 12 oz. bottle. Fruity and citrus aroma with some chocolate (slightly) and perfume. Deep brown (almost black) that shows ruby when held to direct light. Tan head with slight clinging to the side. Nice malt balancing out the bitterness. Almost spritzy, which is a little weird. Perhaps that is from the drying effect of the hops/bitter and high attenuation. Toast near the finish. But the bitterness is always present and holds the final say. As it warms, the bitterness starts to really dominate the malt. Aurelius (5502) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2012 Very nice, dark, fruity, chewing tobacco ale aroma. Great bottle and label -- A 50’s sci-fi paperback sort of affair. Very dark, tall dense head in a pint. Rich dates and prunes, lots of hops, coffee roast. Sticky. Foam is metallic. Heavy body. Acidity and bitterness get a bit strong in the finish, but otherwise very enjoyable sipping brew. Warming and vaporous towards the end. Big beer. Bottle, Mellow Mushroom, Augusta, GA. Ktwse (5358) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2012
Pours dark brown with low light tan head. Aroma is light roasted malt, fruit, light hops, somewhat understated. Taste is a different story entirely, rich and creamy. Roasty malt sweetness at first before a fairly long balanced bitterness. Body is medium to full and very creamy with low carbonation. A very atypical DIPA but very enjoyable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2012
355ml bottle. (Rating #1300)
Pours a clear, dark brown, with a beige head.
Expressively hoppy aroma, roasted malt, spruce, grapefruit peel, chocolate, grass, mint leaves, ashes, licorice.
Dry, medium to full bodied, high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Hoppy, spicy aroma, spruce, resin, citrus peel, roasted malt, chocolate, ashes, coffee beans.
Very well balanced, the intensity of the roasted malt is at just the right level. Very drinkable. (2012-10-31)
JStax (7132) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Poured from a bottle received by Lukaduke. Thanks! Pours a fairly dark ruby color with a thick, dense head of khaki colored foam. The aroma is dark roast, caramel, light pine, some ginger, and a hint of wood. The first sip dries the mouth out immediately. The taste is like that of strong coffee. I do get some dark roast and some herbal pine notes, but coffee is really what this beer makes me think. I can definitely feel the alcohol on the back of my throat. This is a nice Black IPA.