bhensonb (11920) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark brown with a slight tan head. Aroma is mixed citrus with very roast malt backbone. Make that toast malt. Med body or better. Flavor is very hoppy, quite bitter, and mostly citrus. Bold flavors and strong. Finishing well towards dry and bitter enough for me. Which is saying something. Good stuff.
Mrnoluv (194) - long beach, California, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Boozy smell ,the taste is black licorice ,bitter with a hint of bitter coffee or chocolate notes. This is a hard one to drink if you are expecting something different, but for a dark IPA, it sure hits the notes.
Scopey (8072) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to L-Dogg. It pours darkest brown/black with a thick light tan head. The nose is pine needles, cocoa, soapy, roasty,orange peel and florals notes. The taste is bitter, pine needles, toast, soapy, citrus peel, alcohol bite, earth and some dark fruits. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty punchy and tasty. Nice stuff!
Leighton (13038) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London - picked up in VT. Pours black-brown with a frothy tan head. Nice toasted bread aroma, some earth, cocoa, burnt pine. Medium sweet flavor with some dark fruits, grapes, plums, pine, more burnt pine, earth. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate sweetness to finish, more burnt toast, burnt pine, earth, dark and ripe berries, faint cocoa, alcohol. Good stuff.
tom10101 (3392) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Prohibition Pig. Dark brown with a medium creamy beige head and good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, piney notes, hints of smoke and a weird raisins presence like in some cough syrup. Taste is of slighty sweet and moderately bitter with roasted malt, resinous notes, light smoke and the same weird raisins presence. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish. Interesting Black IPA. Nice mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. It would be a really good one if it was not of the raisins.
dlovell2 (1010) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a creamy tan head. Dark roasted malt aroma, coffee and pine aromas. Flavor starts off roasted malt smokiness, dark chocolate and slight espresso. Followed by grapefruit and earthy hops and finishing with a pine resin hop bitterness. Bitterness dissapates quickly and fairly smooth finish.
jtclockwork (9999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. nose/taste of roasted chocolate, toasted pine needle, sarasparilla, coffee and birch sap/resin. Medium body. Slightly bitter pine/resin finish.
alexsdad06 (6450) - Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with the group. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, a touch of char, coffee, chocolate with resiny, earthy hops and a splash of citrus. Big flavor, nice blend of hops and malts.
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown pour with a mocha head. Roasted malt aromas. Bitter roasted malt and coffee notes dominate. Average body and mouthfeel.
umich03jm (2404) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle thanks to DrSilverworm. Pitch black pour with a medium foamy head that fades slowly and leaves some nice lacing. Aromas are pineapple, pine, burnt toast, cocoa, coffee, and toasted nuts. Taste has almost no sweetness with a fairly strong bitterness, especially in the finish. Dark bread, pineapple and pine hops, coffee, and slightly burnt wood. Medium to full body with a little chalkiness in the mouthfeel. Really nice black IPA. Intense and fairly complex.