Beerenberger (1545) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
The nose is subtle with malt sweetness being the most prominent aroma. Pours a thick brownish-black with a non-lasting tan head and minimal lacing. The tastes is roasted malts, chocolate, hints of lactos and pine. Pine and wood are noted in the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, good and quite drinkable, but I liked 5 Stone Firefly better - more robust flavors.
beernovice39 (3215) - Montana, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a dark reddish brown brew with an off white top. Roasted malts in the nose with pine. Taste follows with pine up front. Nice bitter finish.
travita (4231) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The look is dark, beige colored head, cola colored. The smell is malt, roast, coffee, fruit, bread, and raisan. The taste is really roasty, hops, biting, bitter, pine, and good.
gkeh (278) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cola pour, tan foam head. It leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is bright citrus notes with undertones of roasted coffee and chocolate. very nice black IPA.
dlbeer (846) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of dark malts and hops. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and hops. Good hop flavor
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crossovert (8330) - Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draf.t HArd to say anything good or bad about it. A more chcolate forward black dipa, decently bitter and balanced but not exciting.
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice black pour with a small brown head. Nice citrus and chocolate on the nose. Flavor matches, roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, and some bitterness. Very nice.
Bulk_Carrier (2350) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stamped in white at bottom right corner, says "040515", itís a best by stamp, no worries.
This was poured into a snifter because itís considered an imperial black ale.
The appearance was a pure black color with a soft off white to tan filmy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing clung and slid adequately. The smell started off extremely piney and sharp in a bitter citrus department. As it warmed, a light sweet bitter and somewhat dark chocolate malt entered in lightly.
The taste was bittersweet - tried and true - all the way, nice sweet to bitter dark chocolate over top of a combined pine/citrus. Nice sweet and bitter chocolate to citrus aftertaste leading to a semi-dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was actually somewhat subdued, somewhat smooth.
Overall, honestly, this was a pretty good black ipa. Iíd definitely have it again.
thorongil2 (1432) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tap) clear, very dark brown colour with a small, brown head; aroma of roast, stewed fruit; thick palate; rich, balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish; very nice
slowrunner77 (6281) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"eh. this one had promise, though at $8-9 bucks a pop, itís overpriced. nice smell and look. smooth too. but the combo of spicy floral hops and dark fruit malts just doesnít quite work for me in this one. an ok beer at a premium. "