thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz can thanks to bu11zeye) clear rich brown/ruby with creamy tan head. Nose of chocolate malt, sweet, mild citrus hops. Taste of chocolate malt, cola root, nice rhubarb bitterness, great creamy and chocolaty linger. Excellent black IPA.
jb (2163) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Mad Mex, PSU. Have had a couple of this style before and liked them, this one, wasn’t impressed. Decent enough looking though had the appearance of flatness. Maybe that was part of problem. Nose was not distinctive. Not much in the way of IPA character for me there. Instead got the dark character, toasted/roasted malt. Palate was a confused mess of hops and malt, didn’t come together for me. I’d try it again in bottle though.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6-pack from PCC. I’m still not sure what the appeal is of an IPA with some roasted malts thrown in. Tastes almost identical to a typical IPA but with a weird porter-y aftertaste that clashes with the bitterness of the hops. I still enjoyed it (drank all 6) but I’m confused by the high rank.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In can from Max Lagers. Pours stout brown with tan head. Nose is a ton of malt with coffee, bread, aggressive pine and citrus hops, and a bit of earth and slight sweetness. Flavor is similar. Hops with slight chocolate & coffee. It works well! Medium bodied & very good. Slight metal from can.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz can) Pours a deep amber-brown body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and grapefruit. Flavor of grapefruit, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and earth with a dry, mildly bitter finish.
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can
Purchased as a single for a nominal markup I almost wish I had picked up the four pack instead. This was a solidly made black IPA despite some skepticism when I saw where it was actually brewed. This is at least one positive thing to come from Cold Springs, MN (at least for the Ohio market).
Aroma / Appearance - Ebony black and murky the body lets through only a trace amount of background light. However unlike a porter or imperial stout it doesn’t have an oily texture. Fluid and nimble it dances around the glass like a ballerina on stage. Warm resin, pine cones, and partially melted marshmallows give this a nice depth. Only mildly alcoholic it has a welcome balance.
Flavor / Palate - A hoppy and carbonated blend of 7Up and Coke the fluid mouthfeel is delicate on the tongue. Ashy flakes sit in the throat with a warm bubbly finish. Falling just short of expectations set by the pour it is mostly in the ballpark. Were it a bit cheaper I would probably buy it again soon. Instead I’ll wait to drink through more of the cellar before giving this a revisit.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Shared can thinks to Guardyloo. Pours ruby black brown, off white head. Aroma is malty, tangy, and grassy. Flavor is grassy bitter, malty, and roasted. Not very complex and I detect more if the alcohol than I’d care too.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep, opaque black/ruby color. Nice light brown/tan head on top. Huge pillowy head with an outstanding retention rate, obviously great lacing. Nice hoppy aroma, light resin with some hints of grapefruit. Wonderful roasted malt aroma. Flavor is dead on, but seems to be a bit thin. Very drinkable but the brew is lacking some body.
jdskinns (194) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Dark brown pour with little white head. Aroma is slight citrus hops and roasted malts. Taste is pretty average, mostly roasted malt with some hops. Nothing overwhelmingly interesting going on.
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Poured a deep brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of pine, roasty, toasty, and chocolate. Tastes of pine, chocolate, and caramel. Tastes a tad on the thin side.