BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thrilled to find this in Ohio; further thrilled that it is in cans! For some reason craft beer in the Columbus area seems old or abused by the time it makes its way into my hands. I had recently made a Black IPA of my own, and had heard a lot about this and wanted to see how my mine stacked up.
And they are quite different! This beer differs from other IPAs in more ways than just color. It is (of course) dark and nearly opaque, but the dark color betrays a ton of dark roast chocolate-y aroma and flavor. It is far more chocolate-y and deeply malty-sweet (like a malted milkball) than my beer turned out. This chocolate and maltiness was balanced out by a slammin’ amount of citrus-y hop character. The beer is plenty hoppy, but I’d say it is skewed more towards the chocolate/malt end of the spectrum than the hoppy side of things.
Mouthfeel is pretty good...a touch thick and chalky feeling. Until I can make another BIPA, I’d buy this again.
I bought this 6-pack at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus, OH.
crossovert (9207) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
355ml can. Amber pour. Aroma is floral cocoa cardboard, some wafer. Flavor is mild but ashy and bitter, herbal flavor, not really intriguing.
sturmthis (896) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Cola brown with one finger off white head. Malty caramel aroma with some pine. Roasted malt back bone, pine in the background. Good.
mcox90 (1692) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can. Pours a dark cola brown with a 2 finger creamy beige head which recedes to leaves gobs of lace. Dark malt and pine resin on the aroma and the flavor as well. The interplay of hints of chocolate and pine resin hoppiness is interesting and delicious. Body is to the full side with a velvet like feel on the tongue. Nice!
samsmith33 (578) - - JUL 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice and smooth offering.
Aroma is a nice mix of toasted barley and hops. Taste is wood and bittersweet chocolate. Dark black (though thin) with a big fat white head.
puboflyons (2542) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 12 fl. oz. can. Stamped Enjoy by 7/3/15.It is one day later! Yipes! The pour is very dark brown under a boisterous, fluffy tan head. Not black as I thought it might be. The malt sweetness is the first thing I get in the aroma followed by a kind of floral hop presence. Medium body. The immediate sweetness makes way for a solid hop bitterness to close it out. It was a likable enough beer but might have been more likable 3 months ago.
ryecatcher (1017) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Brownish-black pour, massive tan head with amazing retention. Nose is roast, wheat puffs, pine. Mouth is medium bodied, relatively dry, cocoa, coffee, roast, pine, medium bitterness throughout, I’m not a huge fan of the style generally speaking, but this is solid.
Garrold (2613) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can share round at Richy’s. Clear, cola brown. Film of tan head. Fruity, chocolate malts. Some pine resin. Taste is a decent balance of resin bitterness, and fruity sweetness. Smooth palate, with crisp carbonation. Finish is long, fruity, chocolatey, piny bitter.
BlackHaddock (4929) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
27th June 2015: 12oz can split between five of us at the 2nd Annual Midlands tasting. Cheers Martin for this offering. The deep, dark mahogany body had a red hue around the edges, the head a thin beige covering. Slight smokiness to the whole brew: the over roasted malts rule the nose and flavour with that smoke feeling always in the background: no one else seems to mention it much in their ratings, but it stood out for me. Decent enough beer, but I am not really into smoky beers.
culchiem (3013) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught in The Creamery. Black with a red hue. Aroma of toasted fruit. Flavour is burnt fruit, dry bitter, a little sticky sour in the finish. Long dry bitter finish,
SarkyNorthener (3031) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2nd annual midland tasting group. Can from Stirchley wines. Dark brown beer with red tints and small head. Aroma of roast malts and some hops. Taste is roast malts, ash, hops and some chocolate. Good.