vtafro (5256) - 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 (9102) - 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 (1295) - 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 (2833) - Ocean County, 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 (2233) - 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 (2443) - 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 (430) - Manhattan, 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.
rubbishystuff (2112) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2015 At Fork on Lincoln. Way to easy drinking for the strength. The roasted flavor out battles the hops but the hops leave a reminder at the end of the sip. Nice stuff. Serving: Draft
Onslow (1301) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour form a 12oz bottle. Inky dark brew with almost no head. Aroma of coffee, toasted malts, a little citrus hops and hints on ethanol. Taste is modest malt with roasted malt / coffee background, excellent floral and citrus hops flourish, finishing on a hoppy note with some lingering burnt malt. Very nice.
blackflag321 (577) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour to shaker. Opaque, dark brown. High ABV nicely muted by the medium body and the flavor. Hop bitterness, malt, coffee and roast flavor are all present in moderation initially, but then seems to overwhelm the palate. Overall a good beer.