Handypaul (324) - - AUG 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a frothy beige head that lasts and leaves good lacing. Body is kinda thin, medium bitter, no roastyness, aroma of grass and dark malt and a long bitter finish. Doesn’t come together for me.
oRos (1348) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from capitol beer. pours black with brown head. big hop aroma. taste was roasted malts with a nice bitter hop finish. a little to roasty
marcus (7549) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Berkeley Bowl. Pours near black with a huge tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a rich chocolate and anise flavor with some dark molasses and a dry finish. Very tasty.
Theydon_Bois (12695) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Pancake house, thanks to LKS, 10/07/14.
Dark mahogany brown with a good sized light tan head.
Nose is pine, earthy hops, light roast, charr, cocoa dusting, dark berry fruits.
Taste comprises Ribena berries, earthy hops, hint of liqourice, good pine coating, light spice, earthy cocoa rub,
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a dose of hop bitterness.
bhensonb (12447) - 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 (215) - 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 (8999) - 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 (13952) - 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 (3879) - 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 (1216) - 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.