ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
FROM NOTES: August 7, ’12
On draft at The Yard House, served in a half-yard.
A: Light piney hops. Sweet malts.
A: Pours a super dark brown, almost black, with a one-finger light tan head that dissipates slowly leaving decent lacing.
T: Initially some roasty flavors giving way to a fruit like flavor and some sweetness. Bitterness follows.
P: The body is pretty light with low amounts of carbonation and a slightly sticky feel.
O: Not nearly as hop-forward as a black ale should be. It seems more like a watered down version of a RIS. Maybe it was the half-yard, but this black left me disappointed.
Salmoniform (532) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from can to glass. Dark brown hue with creamy off white head that lingered nicely. Aroma is pine, citrus oil, coffee, dark caramel, roast. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium-full body and zesty carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness followed by a mix of hop & astringent malt bitterness. Overall this was a bit too heavy and astringent for my personal taste. I prefer my CDAs to be a bit lighter bodied and not as malt astringent. Little hop fruitiness on the nose. This was more like a Porter than a CDA.
radio_nowhere (792) - Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can into snifter glass, deep ruby brown color with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and grapefruity/citrus/pine hops. Taste adds notes of coffee, some dark fruit, caramel and faint spiciness. Light-medium body, low carbonation, dry, soft with roasty/citrus/hop bitterness lingering. Nice black IPA, well balanced.
fitwitchik (282) - USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a can into a pint glass darkest brown black with a tan head.
Aroma is roasted malts & sweet hops.
Flavor is chocolate with light coffee some brown sugared sweetness.
Quite smooth. Better than the average.
yiannnos (846) - , CYPRUS - AUG 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can on a plane. Black colour. Roasted malt, chocolate aromas and flavour, along with pine hops
SG111 (66) - - JUL 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Canned on 02/04/14. Agressive pour. Nice dark, black color with a big tan creamy head. lots of awesome lacing. Aroma is citrus, orange, grapefruit with a very sligtht bit of maltiness at the end. Taste is big roasted coffee flavor right up front, that settles down in the middle before dissolving into a big hop flavor. Not as balanced as some black IPAs I’ve had but it delivers a really nice hoppiness that I expect from a black IPA. Firestone’s Wookey Jack is better but this is still very good. Would definitely buy again.
mtdewa1 (294) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Piney roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate. Taste is very balanced. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, pine, citrus and some hop bitterness. Very good thick mouthfeel. Very good black ipa, one of the top on my list.
Homer321 (1851) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at 21A in SF. Nose is piney with some chocolate and coffee notes. Deep dark brown with red highlights. Medium sized white head. Taste is a chocolate hop cone. I really don’t like black IPAs and this is pretty decent. A lightly roasted character but more dark chocolate and well played hop/dark malt interaction.
madchemist83 (47) - USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grapefruit, pine, caramel sweetness, burnt sugar and alcohol in the aroma. It is brown not black, but I think it’s due to brewers not wanting too much of that dark malt flavor. Malt and hop are very balanced in this one. A little astringent aftertaste. One of the best "black" IPAs out there. Still drinks more like a traditional IPA with American hops.
ScottWallace82 (64) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can into a glass. Big tan head on a dark brown body. Medium mouthfeel with a solid roasty aroma, backed with hops. Really smooth with good balance between the hops and malts. A bit of roasted coffee flavor at the finish.
SirADNielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ the brewery during San Francisco 7/7/14 beer tour. Pours a reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. Light roast, cocoa, coffee, lightly spicy pine in the aroma. A bit thick and a little on the sweet side. A bit of burnt sugar. Bitter liberty hops. Slight chocolate flavor. OK.