cbfobes (2885) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2012
On cask at Vintage, pours a dark reddish brown with a thin head, aroma has a lot of citrus and pine that stands out right away, the flavor has a nice hop kick on the front end with a sweet finish, the blend of the amber ale and ipa really came together pretty well, not bad at all. Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
On tap at brewpub
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2011
A interesting blend of two beers this comes off as drinkable but personally I would rather have two pints of the bases instead. It’s not that it falls short - it just can’t decide if it is an IPA or a red ale. Still I love to see brewpubs experimenting and give Vintage credit for that.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep ruby red the body is more Better Off Red than Black Mirror. A thin white head doesn’t do much to obscure a mostly opaque base. Cherries, oak, and a hefty hop presence give this a bite to go with its bark. Feeling like a mysterious forest after sunset it sparks the imagination and the taste buds.
Flavor / Palate - Rye, red licorice, and a hoppy bite blend well. With a distinctive finish this one is memorable even three weeks later. By being on cask it gains an additional oakiness. The total package is solid. Even so I can’t help but feel that the Black Mirror and Better Off Red stand on their own merits just fine.
On cask at Vintage Brewpub. Ruby brown with a receding tan topper. Aroma of pine, caramel, grapefruit and dark malts. Taste of mild pine, grapefruit, resinous hops, caramel and dark malts. Somewhat bitter on the finish. I didn’t like this one as much as black mirror as the lack of carbonation hurt it IMO.