Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to Santa Adam for sending along this treat. I poured the can into a Sam Adams pint glass and was greeted with a good two finger worth of tan colored head on top of a nice brownish black colored bodied brew. The aroma of fresh hops filled my nostrils. I also got a good amount coffee and a light touch of chocolate. The flavors mimicked the nose it was hop forward with a little bit of roast coming thru as well. It had a medium feel to it with ample carbonation. I think I liked Sublimely Self-Righteous a little more than this one but I would drink it again
Arayaga2 (1930) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque black with a thin film of tan head. Aroma has sharp, acrid, grapey and vinous notes with an underlying treacle sweetness. Taste is the same with prominent sour grape, and spearmint bitterness. $10/6pk12oz
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark mahogany red-brown and a white head. Nose is more roasted malts than hops. Flavor is metallic, roasty and some smokiness. It’s alright.
Ratman197 (11500) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Aromasof roastiness, coca, earthiness and a hint of citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of cocoa, earthiness, light roastiness and a hint of citrus with a crisp lightly dry earthy finish. Kind of a yawner, where’s the Hops?
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Poured a very dark brown, with a nice big off white head. Nose is really nice mix of sweet caramel toffee-ish malt, piney hops. Taste is very nice mix of roasty sweet malt, pine hops, light citrus hops. Body is medium and the finish is slightly bitter. Overall, a nice and interesting brew. A great canned offering.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Nice, but I’ve had better Black IPAs. Also, a great canned beer. Great balance. And great looking can. I gave it a bonus point for packaging.
TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a dark reddish brown that was nearly black in the glass with a large, tan head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy roasted malt; slightly lighter coffee; and grapefruit and orange citrus hops. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, slightly sour and moderately to rather bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet, bitter with a long duration. The bitterness was not intense, but it was long lasting. There was roasted malt, coffee, citrus hops, sour oranges, orange rind and ruby red grapefruit. The bitter, roasted malt blended lovely with the bitter hops. The medium body was a little oily and then fairly dry with rather fizzy carbonation.
emacgee (4422) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black with copper edges and one to two fingers of creamy light tan head. Nose shows coffee and bakers chocolate with hints of citrus and pine. Flavor is fine, dark chocolate and kind of metallic,. Not very much black or IPA and not too awesome. Palate is weird, kind of slick.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can pours a dark mahogany body that has some clarity when held to light. Large creamy tan head leaves patches and a collar of nice lacing. Aroma is pine hops and coffee. Medium to light medium on the palate with a slightly creamy carbonation. Lighter body than expected. Taste has a solid dark roasty malt base with notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, balanced by pine hop bitterness and a hint of grapefruit rind. This one was a pleasant surprise and is very drinkable.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can shared by emacgee. Dark brown with a steady white head. Super buttery and sweet nose, some plastic, light hops, phenols. Flavor is metallic, like sucking on a penny. I’ve done it so I know. This is not good.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can -
The fact that I can have this beer in a can, is a wonderful thing. Not the best black IPA (still such a dumb style name for a beer, but...whatever) but it’s extremely quaffable. There’s a good showing of perky grapefruit sitting on top of the roasted malt profile. Some burnt sugar too kind of wafts up. Flavor is very well balanced with the sweetness and roasted notes of the malts and the juicy citrus/pine hop punch. The brewer found a nice way to keep all of these things in harmony. Appearance is pretty much black with some brown/ruby edges and a nice 1/2" creamy head with nice retention.