wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good, a little different than usual. Tastes like a hoppy porter. Starts with heavy, chocolate malts and then a good dose of hops kick in for a lightly bitter finish. Full bodied. Porter like aroma.
msante79 (2222) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha. Pours Dark dark brown with massive dark tan head. Nose is loaded with chocolate and roasted malts with good amount of hops and citrus. Flavor is heavy wht roasted malts and chocolate but has big citrus and hops flavors. This is not a black IPA. It is more of a heavily hopper porter or stout. Pretty good stuff regardless of style.
illidurit (2270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy Guy411. Pours nearly black with chocolate brown corners and a finely carbonated dark tan head. Aroma is like those Ghirardelli chocolate squares that have orange cream inside. Candied citrus and milk chocolate. Flavor is very rich chewy chocolatey malts with a light smokiness and a hop character that is more piney and herbal than fruity. Big solid bitterness without any astringency. Smooth slick mouthfeel.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 1/2/2010. This American Strong Ale pours a eclipse black color from a 50cl bottle. Large sized tan foamy head with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and hops. A medium bodied ASA. Malts are chocolate and roasty, with a weird touch of ice tea. Hops are floral and citrusy. Nice balance. A decent amount of bitter. More in the Black IPA category. Nice slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
kromamc (191) - ITALY - JAN 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
liquirizia a piu nn posso!! al naso è gia molto presente ma anke accompagnata dai luppoli.. in bokka esplode in un sapore uniko di liquirizia molto persistente ke dura parekkio con un bell amaro finale... un po squilibrata ma gradevole..
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.5 L Bottle. Pours black with a filmy off-white head. Amazing aroma of bittersweet chocolate, licorice and hops. Lots and lots of hops, both earthy and citrus. Initial flavor is dominated by deeply roasted malt and licorice. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Mouth feel more reminiscent of a porter than a stout.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: bottle at the ever brilliant Chris O’s Pre GBBF Extravaganza.
Good black body with a tan head. Big coffee, huge dryness, plenty of bitterness and some gorgeous hops. Slight ethanol and prickly alcohol. Great length. Good hops, good malt, excellent beer. Fantastic label too!
dogfish120love (1074) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown almost black with a thick frothy medium/dark brown head. The aroma given off is a combo of sweet and sour. the beer smells like it was wet hopped. Notes of coffee and caramel are present with a hop finish. The palate is slightly creamy. The initial flavor is that of a imperial stout/ strong porter, but the finish is rather well hopped.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ pre-GBBF shindig, August 2009. It is certainly dark and it most definitely has plenty of hops. Good fresh, perfumed, resinous hops at that. So I guess the name says most of what you need to know. Quite thick and chewy. Burnt malt and bitter coffee on the palate. Flavours are maybe a little harsh and could be a little better integrated. Otherwise excellent.
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very, nearly black color. Tall, lasting dark tan head. Scents of Herbal and citric hops, dark malts, citrus, juniper, molasses, tobacco all waft about. Quite intriguing, but not quite totally inviting. Creamy feel. Licorice start in the flavors set me back a bit (me being a known licorice disliker in my brews). But I escape with minimal damage. Starfruit, and some charred pineapple flavors work in. Seem a bit too charred for my tastes. Not an abundance of flavors for me. The charred licorice and some herbal hops are not enough to sway me.