TheHOFF43 (1603) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark, almost black with very little head. Good hops and malt flavor with a distinct roast taste. Not overly hoppy or as bitter as I was expecting but quite tasty. Smooth and drinkable, especially considering the 8.5% abv. Would drink this regularly if it was available locally.
ben4321 (3460) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 9/23/12
Aroma: The nose is a bit hoppy, a little citrus, and some roasted malts
Appearance: It pours a black color without much head and with some light, drippy lace
Flavor: The taste isn’t overly sweet or overly bitter, but it leans hoppy, and has a bitter end palate
Palate: The body is light-medium, feels more watery then I expected, with a little slickness, and a dry finish
This was a pretty solid Black IPA. It isn’t a top of style offering, but I thought it worked pretty well. It is definitely drinkable, and I think that this beer is what it is trying to be.
queenholly (2560) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Piney citrus hops and chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown with a small tan head, moderate lacing. Smooth roasty chocolate malt, piney hops, and cola flavor with a lemony finish. Medium crisp body, lively carbonation. Excellent, well-balanced.
vtafro (2277) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Black pour with some brown head. Some pine and citrus GOP aromas crossed with malt and roasted properties. Pine like hops and roasted flavors with a touch of licorice.
DrSilverworm (4715) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Good thin tan head, leaving good dots of lace. Black but not opaque color. Nice lighter crisp carbonation. Dry texture. Good roastiness, chocolate malts and a hint of coffee complement the herbal spicy floral hops nicely. Nice bitter, light sweet taste. Another tasty Black IPA - I love this style, and this example delivers.
574deadzone (836) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with brown-ruby edges and a slight off-white cap that leaves some delicate lacing. Yeasty floaties are present, nice :) Nose involves some light coffee, alcohol vapors, some cocoa, licorice, caramel, maybe a touch of smokiness, and a blast of resinous piney hops. Taste is sharply bitter but quite sweet also. Palate is fuller, smooth, with a big bitterness on the tongue throughout leading to a lengthy finish. Really nice beer, maybe not as clean and hop forward as some black IPAs, but it works here with all the complexity and largeness of the body. A winner for me.
pineypower (2356) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Spirits Bayville. Pours out black with a big light tan head. Aroma is of light citrus hops, grass, roasted malts, light chocolate. Taste is oily roasted malts, light coffee, sugary sweet chocolate, citrus hops, light syrup and a bitter finish.
kwoeltje (2195) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(tasting at Des Peres Schnucks) black with tan head. Aroma of hops and roast malt. Flavor is roast malt, bitter coffee, resiny hops.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Really interesting floral hop aroma. Which carries into the flavor with an immense roasted peach flavor, pool water, guava, light roast but more chocolate heavy. Very strange brew and certainly a unique take on the style. Would like to try fresh from the tap.
Thechasm442 (287) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a three floyds pint glass. Pours a very dark brown/black with a thin tan head that disappears. Aroma roasted barley, pine, mild citric hops, and smoked malt. Taste is malty up front, toasted barley, grapefruit, pine, and smokey flavors are there. Medium mouthfeel and alcohol is slightly present. Good beer.