paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 23, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Pours very dark, nearly black. Light red hues towards the bottom. Not much head. Decent amount of lacing. Hops upfront, some unexpected roasted aromas as well. Taste of aluminum, lingering hops and that is it. Not watery but somewhat weak bodied. Fairly smooth drinking.
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours brown to black with a thick beige and yellowed tan head. Roast and sticky citrus on the nose. Thinner than expected, lightly metallic. Big roast, crisp hops and bitterness throughout. Big long grapefruit bitterness on the finish with roast and toast highlights.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I always liked hoppy dark ales. The main flavors here were hops, and the dark malt provided something more like texture or context, rather than really a big flavor of its own. Very nice.
cheap (4525) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2010
1.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured from a can. Big and black but but not opaque. Smell is IPA, you know, pine with a tad of roastiness in the olfactory. Taste is big block of hops which are seasoned with a tad of roastiness. Imagine an IPA with background hints of stout, quite interesting. Oily mouth coating feel on this muthah. Now I see that black IPA has its own style also. Wow how the styles have grown. Rottotill across my taste buds and down the throat. Quite rude for a lager lover. Ignore my numbers, I think this is probably on style but I rate on the how much I like it scale, you know, humanistic. Long bitter nasty finsih that hangs witcha for a while, wew. Strong and over the top overall.
Chalsk (1096) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of roast, citrus and pine, with hints of chocolate. Has a sweet start with the hop hit. Some roastiness throughout. Nice chocolate notes on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Excellent brew. Mixes my favor characteristics of roast, chocolate, and bitters.
guzzler67 (1560) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tan head with good lacing atop a deep brown body. Roasted malts and sprucey hops battle for attention in the aroma. Caramel malts, with a touch of smoke and sweetness balance the bitter hoppiness. Even the finish reflects the divergent styles. While not terribly complex, it is still interesting and palatable.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
While the can is black, the beer is a dark dark mahogany, with a small white head, great lacing... aroma is roasty, citrusy good hops, lots of aroma... Lots of flavor, lots of roast and citrus... medium body, kinda creamy....
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to bman1113vr for sending me this beer.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, with quite a bit of pine from the hops.
The flavor is bitter pine with some lightly roasted malt. I also get a touch of chocolate and maybe some coffee, but it is fairly faint. Low bitterness and the beer is very dry.
Thin, watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
TheGB (561) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a nice head. Aroma of nice malt and some hops. Taste is pretty nicely balanced hops and malt, but not a lot. Nice, but not a lot there.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Pours a wery deep dark red, almost black, with a two finger off white fluffy head that has great retention and lacing. Aroma is all hops, mostly citrus andsome pine comes through. Taste is chocolate and coffee malt up front. Roasted malts work perfectly with the bitter hops. Slight citrus flavor, but the piney hops are the ones that come through in the taste. Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.