yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On pour this is a dark brown beer with a light khaki color on head and a decent initial lace that cleaned up as time passed. As soon as you crack the can there is noticeable hop aromas but once in the glass there is a more malt, roasted notes, sweet honey, and a hint of caramel. This is a balanced, mouth coating beer that has plenty of upfront malt flavors and a faded hop for balance. This finish is of melted butter consistency.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line:
Tropical fruit and roasted malts develop plenty of aroma and flavor but unfortunately clash in this Black IPA’s beautifully soft mouthfeel, creating tart grape juice impressions.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-rimmed darkness.
-Although well develepod, the citrusy hop bill (+ lychees, mangos, etc.) is not really harmonious with the roastiness, imho.
-The finish of roasted malt bitterness and hoppy resins is well balanced, but somewhat bothered by those grape juice allusions.
-I prefer their regular IPA (with a very similar hop profile) by far.
KyotoLefty (6905) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
can. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, citrus hops, iron. Reddish dark brown with a fine lace. Flavors fo wood, minerals, licorice, dirty hops. Dry and bitter, with not a whole lot going on. Metallic and refreshing. Ok.
mar (4971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
can thanks to bu11zeye. poured a deep chocolate brown with a cream head. nose is fresh piney hops, slightly roasted, and chocolate. nice palate, flavor is hoppy, chocolate, slightly roasted finish.
mcberko (7814) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. can, pours black with a sizeable beige/tan head. Aroma is a great balance of roasted malts and hops, with the hops winning - secondary scents of leather and licorice. Flavour begins like a porter and ends like an IPA - roasted malt upfront, with a citrusy hop bite in back and that leather / rubbery flavour as well. Not bad.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 At first I wasn’t awed but that black licoriche blanket running thorugh this brew keeps bringing me back for more sips. It has a woody mahogany tint to it with some ash, bitter citrus which also fills the aroma and a nice medium-dry finish. Good body and nice flavor.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can on 09/15/2010. Clear black body with ruby highlights and a medium frothy off-white head. Slightly tart roast and chocolate aroma with floral hops. Dry roast, chocolate, and floral hop flavor. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Fairly watery.
blutt59 (6068) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned, thanks to bu11zeye, reddish brown color with smokey bitter aroma, flavor is watery bitter and woody , finishes sweet
Butters (3898) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can shared with maniac. Nice clerar dark brown pour with decent chestnut highlights. Nose is not bad, nice fresh green bitter hop nose. Flavor is where it goes bad. Thin, watery, hop oil, and bitter. Yet another dissapointment from these guys. Awesome can though.
beernovice39 (3216) - Montana, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can pours a deep red/brown with a small tan head. Scent is roasted malts, pine and caramel. Taste is roasted malts and hops. Bitter finish mixes well with the roasted malts.