joeneugs (3943) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Celebrator 23rd Anniversary party 2011. It pours dark brown with an orange/tan head. The aroma is citrusy, toffee and a bit of cocoa. The flavor is roasted and bitter with some caramel, coffee and roasted malt.
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black into glass with a tan head. Aroma is a bit of roasted barley with a nice citrusy hop profile. Flavor is a bit basic. The bitterness doesn’t hit quite like an IPA should and the black backbone of this beer doesn’t quite deliver. Good beer, but not ready to be a full time release.
Reid (2046) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from local "Stop-n-Go" market just north of my apartment on Liberty Rd,Salem
In even bright sunlight this beer is BLACK..the head is dark tan and is very thick and frothy. Looks extreme.
Confusing to what is expected from a black beer..but the aroma is of fresh zesty ,piney hop..though eventually some chocolate and tastyness rear.
Woah an extreme beer that is extremelly balanced!!..the lemony,spicy hop balanced completlly by the caramal/toasty malts..they blend to almost perfection..in that in one gulp i amgetting hop then malt, then hop then malt very strange but very good.
Nice palte to this one..not too thick
Overall a very enjoyable beer and well worth the money.
PS its great to see a small 7-11 type store get beer in like this. Thank you "Stop-N-Go"
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by BOLTZ. Pours dark brown/mohagany with a 3 finger tan head that left thick lacing. The nose is oily leafy hops, oats, burnt malt and light coffee. The taste is citrus hops, ashy cocoa, charred barley and coffee with some resin in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Nice beer.
after4ever (6544) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours nearly jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that really sticks around. Through a window, you could be forgiven for mistaking this for a stout. Breathing the same air, though, there’s no possibility for confusion. Smells like the most roasty delicious hop-forward IPA you’ve had in, well, days. They make a lot of these now, and, while this one keeps up with the pack, I won’t see it’s the class of the bunch. It’s "merely" very good. Nice big oily acidic pine and grapefruit nose. Shows a little boozy twang before it breathes for a while. Big creamy body, very satisfying right from the first sip. Roasty, toasty, caramelly, piney, grapefruity. Really a delicious beer. Long roasty bitter pine resin finish. Coherently integrated and still very bold and forward. Good stuff and worth revisiting.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer. Foamy, light-tan head over an inky blackness -- deep brown under good lighting. Has an enticingly sweet, whiskey-like nose. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich and velvety. Loads of dark chocolate flavors complemented by hoppy notes of citrus and pine. Dry finish has the perfect amount of scorched bitterness to round out the sweetness. Warming and cozy alcohol lingers nicely. Loved it.
jsquire (3689) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with only hints of mahogany around the edges. Foamy beige head that left lots of sticky lace. Puffed wheat and roasted grain nose. Rich roasted grains chocolate, puffed wheat, popped corn, and hop resin. Really fluffy mouthfeel.
Earlier Rating: 2/1/2009 Total Score: 3.7
Sampled at the ’09 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Very dark brown beer with a creamy brown head. Big grassy nose with some roasted grains and burnt toast. Lots of hops in here with candied grapefruit rinds, apricot and resin. Hot hop burn on the tongue. Balanced by roast grains and some bitter coffee, with a long burnt finish.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nearly black with a cream colored head. Aroma has some earthy hops, lightly toasted malt, and some chocolate and caramel notes. Flavor is a nice balance of hops and full malts, creamy, lightly sweet, finishes bitter. A very tasty beer.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with creamy brown foam. Smells surprisingly like a barleywine with malts, hops and alcohol all blending together. Tastes very bitter, like an imperial IPA should, but doesn’t finish with the citrusy notes that hops often excrete, but the bitterness combines with the coffee aromas that the malts give. One of the best black IPAs I’ve had.
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead. Pours back with creamy tan head. Nice roasty chocolate aroma with no hop aroma. Very roasty, chocolate , coffee flavor. A little on the bitter side, but wouldn’t have guessed it was an IPA if I hadn’t seen the bottle. Enjoyed this a lot