wxman (1425) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nearly opaque, clear dark cola color. Rather thick robust pale tan head with good retension. Aroma of sweet pink grapefruit. Taste is roasted malt, sweet burnt caramel, espresso and moderate bitterness. Very well balanced and smooth in texture. Some alcohol warmth evident after the swallow.
Tonkun (864) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Back (but not pitch black) pour with a nice half and inch head. Coffee and licorice initially with citrus, spice, grass and floral aroma. Well balanced and not overwhelming but complex yet easy to approach. Very nice
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pleasant surprise! The aroma is well balanced. You can tell that the hops are there in force but the milk chocolate and coffee in the nose keep you grounded. Likewise, the flavor is quite well balanced and extremely complex for an IPA. Much controversy over Black IPAs, but this one does it right.
strongpieman (1494) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Roasted malt aroma with some hops. Smooth and rich, good combination of styles.
Smitty1994 (27) - Portage, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hands down one of my top 10 favorite beers. Complex citrus, hop and malt blend of flavors. All around great beer.
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Strykzone (4930) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle bought on a trip to Michigan. Black with red notes and a one finger tan head. A layer of lacing remains. This is not fresh. The aroma is rich malts. Those are tasted and are roasted. The hops might have faded some. They are not big. Orange is tasted along with grass. A bit of cocoa. Hops are citrus and mildly bitter. A nice feel. An interesting beer and a complex one. Nicely done.
hayduke (3365) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 The bottle was courtesy of Strykzone. Poured black with a good tan head and moderate lacing,. Nose of roasted malts, and pine, citrus, and grassy hops. Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is roasted malts showing coffee, dark ripe fruit, earth, and hop flavors with and cirrus. Finish is lightly bitter dry. Very tasty with a lot of lingering flavors.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
there is a fine balance of black malts for me and my Black IPAs. This one is over the line. Just not my style. The acrid malts overshadow the hops.
freeofthoughts (652) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours solid black with tan foam. The aroma is sweet roasted grains and fruity hops. The taste is grainy with a light sweetness but with a moderate roast and generous hops it comes off bittering and dry. The hops carry an earthy bitter and light hearted fruity character, some pear, peach, red grape. Interesting take on the style, more stout with large amounts of hops. Fairly complex and unique flavors, pretty solid overall.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty black with a one finger head and not bad thin spots of fine lace.
Astringent smell with piney notes, lots of hops, burnt malts, some alcohol.
Taste is very piney, lots of hops again, chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, a little dark fruit.
Body is kind of slick, low on carbonation, a little syrupy, alcohol is quite notable going down with plenty of warming.
Overall it’s pretty tasty but won’t be one of my favorites from Arcadia.