joeneugs (2572) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was happy with this beer. It definitely leaned on the porter side of things rather than IPA. It was on draft at Tap 25 and pours brown with a khaki head. The aroma is brown sugar, chocolate and coffee. The flavor has heavy mocha and coffee. Not very hoppy with some mild floral qualities near the finish, but I might have guessed this was a porter if I tasted it blind. Nice beer.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz twist off cap bottle pours mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma offers up bold earthiness, dark roasted coffee and some dark roasted malts. Around those notes I get snippets of citrus and pine like hops. The taste is similar with forward notes of chocolate, coffee and earthiness over shadowing only mild levels of malt sweetened citrus hops and brief moments of pine like hoppiness. Nice brew that is really more malty than hoppy. A bit more hops would be cool but . . . thatís me.
rmussman (1584) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yummy brew. Very well made and one of the better black IPAs that I have sampled. Has a really earthy flavor that is big on malts.
cbfobes (1935) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Dexters, pours a dark brown nearly black with a full white head, the aroma has a good amout if citrus and hops and the flavor is much of the same, good amount of tropical fruit and it has a nice mouthfeel, smooth and light, not bad.
JPDurden24 (1378) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with an off white head. Nice malty flavor with good citrus hop and an overall great flavor. Awesome beer.
theOptimator (267) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is mild roasted malt and some citrus hop. Appearance is clear brown w a hint of red, small head. Taste is roast, hops bitterness, sweet toffee malt, citrus aroma hop. Palate is medium and crisp. Bitterness and roast are a little heavy compared to malt for the style IMO. Overall not bad. Drinkable, but the lingering hop bitterness and bitter roast was more than I would prefer. Could use a bit more malt sweetness to balance out IMO.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from my Alaska hook-up, thanks Tasha! Pours a very deep brown, mostly black colored body with some ruby highlights around the edges. Finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is medium juicy citruses with some grapefruit florals and a few pines alongside a nice chocolate and a moderate roastiness. Flavor is similar. Grapefruit citruses up front with some florals and pines. Moderate roast comes in along with a nice chocolate sweetness that picks it up a bit towards the end. Finishes dry and moderately bitter with a few resins, a good amount of grapefruits, an increased roast, and a nice chocolate kick. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, slightly creamy, medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid Black IPA. Lots of grapefruit citrus hops balanced nicely with a solid roast and creamy chocolate backing. Very enjoyable.
bytemesis (2129) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown-orange with almost no head and no lacing. Not much aroma to speak of, some roasted malt. Taste is porterish, roasted malts, coffee. I donít get any distinct hop character until the bitter finish; certainly none of the heavy citrus that the description touts. Disappointing as an IPA, ok as a porter.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. pours black with ruby highlights and a tan head. roast nose with citrus hops. med body with deep roast and black malts layered with citrus hop bitterness. bitter finish that lasts throughout with chocolate and light coffee notes.
esjaygee (3844) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear mahogany with a three finger brown crown that fades slowly. Aroma of citrus, dark and roasted malts, caramel and toffee. Taste of dark malts, pine, toffee, roasty notes, caramel with moderate bitterness.