adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Ben and Greg’s apartment. Pours a bit hazy brown appearance with a brown head. A bit spicy, slightly piney, herbal hoopy, roasty aroma. A bit minty, piney, somewhat bitter, chocolate flavor. A little disappointment.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deep brown color with a small sized tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, floral hops, and some citrus. Tastes of chocolate, citrus, caramel, and pine.
mcberko (10042) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark brown / near-black with a small beige head. Aroma of lightly roasted malts and moderate piney hops - not the most aromatic of black IPAs. Flavour brings out a nice balance of piney hops and roasted malt, though the flavours are rather weak and almost muted. The flavours come out more as the beer warms up, but the whole thing is rather underwhelming. Good black IPA, but leaves something to be desired.
Sammy (9815) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap at the Tap Room. A story of Cascade, emphasizing the hop as opposed to roast. A sipper, as alcohol warming. Piney aroma. Some toothpaste taste, also apple cidery in the finish. 75 IBU Black with lace and some head.
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL Pours deep cola to black with massive, tight bubbled lighter tan head. Awesome retention, huge lacing. Nose holds cocoa powder, grilled mango, dark chocolate cake. Taste is denser, nicely bitter, lactic dark chocolate, mild pine. Slight soap and tanginess in the finish. Thicker mouthfeel as it warms.
DrSilverworm (8867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Dark brown color. Thin khaki head. Couple dots of lace. Bigger body. Lighter, kind of crisp carbonation. Awesome aroma, pretty much exactly what I want from a black IPA. Good bitter dark chocolate, dark roast, nice coffee malt flavors, along with some big earthy, herbal, piney hop. Good moderate to stronger bitter taste, minimal sweet. Awesome black IPA... Good balance of citrus, nutty herbal hop, and roasty herbal chocolate... Def. my kind of black IPA. Assertively hoppy, satisfyingly hoppy. Love it.
arminjewell (8749) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark black pour with lasting tan head, nice looking. Aroma brought notes of chocolate, coffee, roast malts, nice pine, grass, orange, hints of lemon, touch of earth, slight caramel. Taste is a mix of pine, grass, some slight orange mixing into chocolate, lots of astringent coffee, finishing fairly roasted, bitter, slight earthy and spicy.
DocLock (8674) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours hazy dark brown toward black with 2-finger well-retained khaki head and a lot of floaties. Nose is roasty dark malt, cacao,resiny hops. Tastes roasty dark malty, with notes of cacao, resiny hops, an overall high IBU level, and a crisp hoppy finish with more notes of roasty malt.
BVery (8186) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the brewpub. Dark cola pour with a small white head. Pine hop, earthy malt. Picking up a touch of yeast. Touch of roasty malt as well.
olio (8059) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle.
Pours jet black color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is very roasty and savory hoppy, some resin and pine needle notes appear also, caramel malts, salmiac and some faint hints of peppermint round things up nicely.
Flavor of roasted malts, lots of citric fruits, resinous hops, licorice notes, some wood and even some coffee on the background. Medium carbonation, burnt malty palate with a bitter hoppy kick. The hoppy bitterness turns eventually to almost creamy lingering licorice finish. Excellent.