thorongil2 (1492) - , 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
mikedR (1492) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite nice. Above average, but not my favorite of this style (which is one of my all time favorites). Everything is going on here in the right ways, but I want a bit more roastiness in the malts.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma is a combination of sweet caramel, bitter chocolate, and an overall presence of some earthy, slightly herbal hops and light pine. Flavor shows the same with a well structure malt backbone being soaked in chewy, sticky hops. Overall body is moderate, and finishes with moderate to heavy bitterness.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like a porter, looks like a porter but its not a porter. Pours black with a big, tan head, and lots of lace. Smells roasty overall, lightly sweet with a moderate dose of floral bitter hops. Tastes of roasted malts mostly with a building, deep citrus hop flavor as well. Medium/full body, ok carbonation.
Beaver (1407) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is roasted malts, cola and some black licorice.
The flavor is roasted malts and black licorice with a little chocolate and molasses leading to a big charred / roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.
Overall, it seems like more of a hoppy stout to me than a black IPA. Instead of fruity hops, I get the roasted bitterness.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle $9. Damn beer has gotten really expensive these days. Dark black,wow. smells like orange rind and malts, porter. It tastes like a very hoppy porter to me, dark malts, a little fruit from the hops but no pine and just doesn’t make me think IPA at all. I’m still not sold on the style but this was alright.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-16-2010 06:12:08
trevor211 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Hopfest 2010. Hops, dark roasted malts, and... fuirt? Yep. Tropical, almost artificial fruit - like someone squeezed a gusher into a perfect black IPA. Or some barleywine. It overpowers the hops - I was expecting more from this. Pretty pour, though.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at obriens. Black pour with tan head. Taste is big fuzzy malt to hops to barley wine sweet alcohol. Gooey back. Roasty to caramel. Good not great.
neepsntatties (1291) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, OR. Colour... essentially black with a very thick tan head. Nose... decidedly hoppy with a dandy balance between citrusy hops and piney hops. Palate... nicely thick though not necessarily coating with coffee-like flavours, bits of bittersweet chocolate, roasty malt and resonating waves of hops that play along nicely on the back palate and through the finish.
Zymurgeist2 (1204) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle to tulip. Slight roast and perfume hop. Black with tan head. Taste is cocoa and slight citrus. Chalky aspects. A little milk as it warmed.