Wordsworth (135) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2013
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft pour at Whip In. Black color with a thin white head that lingers. Sparse white lacing clings to the glass. Poured too cold to get a proper tasting, particularly on smell. Tastes of malts, a light roastiness and faint hops. Highly drinkable beer. I like it better than their Black Thunder.
Beerenberger (1551) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Ken for sharing. Pours only black with a thin non-lasting tan head. Aroma of malt and tropical fruit. The taste is malty with hints of hop driven tropical fruit. Medium body and medium carbonation. Not as bitter as Sprecher's Black IPA. Overall, very drinkable and mellow.
Leighton (12993) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared in NYC - cheers to Dr. Sandman. Pours deep brown with a creamy, tan head. The nose has roasted pine, bread, rindy grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor with burnt toast, lots of juicy citrus fruits, lingering grapefruit, earth. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with more toasted bread, faint cocoa, ripe citrus, some bitter toasted grass and orange rind. Very good.
drsandman (505) - New York, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown/blackish with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet roasty malt, pine, piss. Solid balance between roasty malt and bitter pine hop, some ash. Very drinkable, nothing overpowering on the palate.
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at January 2014 tasting in Santa Cruz. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Heavy grapefruit hops, caramel malts follow before a slight chocolate finish.
Huhzubendah (2783) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown appearance, nearing black. Beige head, nearly an inch in height. Pine and roast in the aroma. mild chocolate character. A well balanced version of a black IPA. Definitely a nice hop presence, but not too assertive. A touch of bitterness in the back. Pretty easy drinking. Solid.
djd07 (4898) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can thanks to Will. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is pine, herbs, and roast. Medium mouthfeel with light bitter hop, sweet roast and light dryness. Very good.
lb4lb (2565) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer, and even though it was my least favorite of the ones I tried, I still liked it quite a bit. Roasty and hoppy. Thinnish body and easy drinking. I drank it while on the brewery tour.
popery (1560) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours coffee black. Opaque. The head is tan and foamy, medium to medium-small in size. Bubbles stick around for some time. Maybe, it’s just selection bias, but I get the sense that cans do good things for a beer’s head. The aroma is fresh and bright with hops. It’s a pleasant mix of floral, spice and grass hoppiness. Sweet caramel malt in the background. Little to no aroma of darker grains. The beer has a very pleasant mix of caramel sweetness and that same bright hoppiness. There’s a little more grapefruit rind to the hop character in the taste, but there’s still plenty of grass and pepper. Again, little to no roasted malt presence - perhaps, just a touch in the finish. I would guess that Sinamar or a similar product was used in this beer, and I highly approve of that for this style (of course, I’m not a big ABA/BIPA/CDA fan). Mouthfeel is smooth with some light hop oiliness. Tasty beer. It’s not exactly blowing me away, but it’s pleasant and appealing and has little roast flavor.
ttoadee (811) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark amber (some light does show through), toffee colored head. Pine in the nose. Bitter. Middle is solid toasted malt, mixed with a variety of hop body. Finish is resin and pines again.
BOSSbrewer (2245) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours black. Lots of cascade on the nose. Very dry. Very bitter. Nice beer.