c0fein (220) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle @ home. Ordered from Ales By Mail. Bottling date 05/20/13. Long lasting sticky foam. Burned cold aroma. Not too toasty black IPA, easier to drink. Yam!
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
brown, small tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. lots of chocolate, toast, citrus, spruce, caramel, smoke, slight coffee. medium bitter, light sweet, very light sour. medium body, oily feel. really glad to have a black IPA that’s not dominated by amarillo.
jerd16 (206) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Pour BLACK (unsurprisingly) with large and lasting tan head. Aroma is enchanting - Subdued roasted malt, takes a back seat to hop forward citrus and pine. Taste is surprisingly creamy - almost like the beer is masquerading as a stout. Taste is good, if fleeting. Very transient citrus, some pineapple and grapefruit then malty bitterness on the back end. For a guy that doesn’t usually like Black IPA’s due to their roasted malt dominance this was surprisingly enlightening.
Dal9000 (195) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown foam in a black beer. The hops are at the finish after swallowing. The initial taste is almost a stout.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
birdmachine (168) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Public House in San Francisco , poured into a goblet style glass. Pour is dark (obviously) with a nice thick brown head that sticks around for a bit. Smells just like Racer 5! Aroma is nice and hoppy, with piny resins, some spicy hops and a every so slightly touch of roast at the end to set this beer apart from its brother. Nice thick mouthfeel, but the flavor is rather unexciting, Big roast, musty berry, cardboard, slight bitter chocolate, and a chalky dry finish. It’s kinda weird to taste that chocolate and resiny hops together. It’s a cool style... but it’s definitely no Wookey Jack
Pith (124) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours opaque brown-black with latte foam head. Aroma grass hops and little bit floral. Can smell some malt. Taste super floral start then a brief sojourn into caramel malts but is quickly overwhelmed by floral and grass tacky tacky hops that completely dries out your mouth. A bam of a beer. Not very drinkable because so strong taste it knocks out tastebuds.
Tongan77 (115) - Ventura, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap! Color is dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is toasted piney. Taste is toasty with with a malty to it.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
liquidhedonism (94) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz bottle from Uptown Market in Beaverton, OR. The boozy aroma has it all: sweet molasses, roasty grains, and some floral hoppiness. The texture of this full-bodied beer is syrupy, and the finish is bitter. A malty sweetness like this one has is my favorite thing to find in a Black IPA, and for my tastes, it is a necessity to balance out the astringency of the roasted grains and the bitterness of the hops. The flavor profile even remains solid and balanced as the beer warms up. This beer is perfect on all accounts. Easily one of the best Black IPAs I’ve ever had!
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Pours opaque black with foamy, lasting coffee colored head. Aroma of fresh hops, light grass, coffee, chocolate. Flavor sweet with salt mellowing to a soft bitter finish. Heavy body, soft natural carbonation. Overall the hops are not as present as i would like from a Black IPA.
julesjis (74) - Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great dark color and beautiful tan head. This beer looked delicious. The beer was a bit sweet and bitter, maybe a bit too bitter in the finish for me.