williamherbert (1358) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque brown-black; light at the edges. Not much head, minimal lace. Nice color.
Aroma is nutty; some coffee, some hazelnut. Followed by dry pine needles. The scent is formidable.
Flavor gets it right: good balance of piney hops, then roasted malts. The malts are burnt and bitter: black French roast and burnt cookie bottoms.
Feels oily with a rough exterior texture.
yiannnos (1007) - , CYPRUS - AUG 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Black colour. Roasted malt aroma, chocolate along with citrus and pine hops
trapped (1120) - New York City, TURKEY - AUG 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drought. Dark brown-black with small spongy tan head, berry-like aroma, high carbonation, hoppy taste mixed with coffee, abrupt finish, mocha aftertaste. Quite a good brew.
BREWMUSKCLES (2339) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
some cocoa la bit of charcoal and some hop makes this a decent one. a bit of pine in needle as is needed. moderate slightly chewy body. a bit of grain.
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, hops, pine and some citrus. Taste is roasted malts and hops with a bit of chocolate. A bit thin but still good.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A chaotic amateurish dark beer of some kind. Meh.
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed relatively fresh soon after purchase.
The look: Very dark burgundy body topped by an abnormally large foamy tan head.
In long: Nose is certainly not-too-style, like a mix of milk-chocolate, green herbs and something chemical I’d describe as ‘new car smell’. Body is hard to grasp because my bottle was very much overcarbonated. Taste is brownies, milk chocolate, a strong awkward herbal spiciness, chemical flavors (phenolic medicinal), a lot of yeast and then more yeast, some hops I guess… Ok, after re-reading what I wrote I think the beer is not as bad as my description makes it to be, but it is still quite chaotic and feels like a very amateurish beginner homebrewer first attempt at a Black IPA. 8th beer I rate from this brewery, 8th bad score, I personally cannot brew a decent beer so I find it kind of cool to see that people like me can make a living out of it.
Theydon_Bois (11557) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Ginger Man, NYC, 23/11/13.
Hazed mahogony brown with a moderate light beige covering.
Nose is tropical fruit, cantaloupe melon, light pine, hoppy notes, jammy fruit, light roast.
Taste comprises caramel, hops, earthy cocoa, jammy tropicana, dark berry fruit, light roast.
Medium bodied, prickly carbonation - a little overcooked for my liking, grassy hop bitterness in a dry closure.
Leighton (13270) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the Pony Bar UES - NYC. Pours dark, clear brown with a frothy tan head. Classic black IPA nose, all burnt pine, sturdy roasted malts, some grapefruit and dark berries. Medium sweet flavor, well balanced, with some bitter earth and harred pine, dry minerals and ash, baking cocoa, ripe grapefruit, plum. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Mildly resinous on the finish with more burnt pine, chocolate, earth, ripening citrus fruits. Solid. Very drinkable.
ThreeCats (630) - ISRAEL - JUL 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big dense tan head over clear dark mahogany body. Aroma of grass and roast, some bitter chocolate. Taste of pine and earth hops giving way to roast, and coming back on back palate. Warming down the throat (more than you’d expect from 6.8%) rich in flavors, but a little hard drinking.
kerenmk (3047) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Pours black with a frothy tan head. Sweet aroma: cocoa, some cherry and alcohol, a little plastic and chocolate spread. Tastes bitter, dry, a little roasty with sweetish undertones. Full body, carbonated, chocolate finish. Rather pleasing.