durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. A little pricey, but I’d still rather pay $3.99 for a small bottle than $8.99 for a bomber. Pours dark brown, almost black with a light brown head that disappears after a moment. Nose is roasty and sweet with a delicate orange/citrus and floral hop balance. More focused on the malts than most in this style. Taste is similar, with hops coming in more pronounced and floral but not dominant. A bit on the flat side, but still tasty.
Butters (3562) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
black pour with small ring of light tan head. Very bitter. Roasty aroma, dark chocolate and piney hops. Flavor is Almost overly bitter imho. Woody tannins. Dark chocolate finish. Not the best example of the style. But not bad.
NachlamSie (2535) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Bruisin’. pours a near black with a well shaped, long lasting tan head. Aroma has notes of brownies and earth with sharp citrus cutting through, though not as hoppy as some others in the style. I love this style, while a good beer, Night Knight falls a little short. The hops add plenty of bitterness but don’t quite separate from the sturdy malt foundation. There are roasty notes that bring cheap rest stop coffee to mind and a chalkiness, something like nut shells maybe. The finish is bitter, but not super developed beyond that. While certainly not a bad beer, there are countless superior black IPAs out there.
zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Bottle Mixx, Raleigh, NC. Cola-like dark brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Nice aroma of coffee with fresh floral hops. The flavor is a great blend of rich, smoky malts and is met with a welcome bitter hop bite of grapefruit rind and pine needles. Nicely done.
b3shine (3488) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to taster (thanks jmborggren). Looks good; a dark and fairly opaque cola with foamy light beige head that dissipates into lacing. Smells of dark malt and light hops. Tastes like it smells, only better, with more hops and chocolate. Nice and smooth on the palate. Solid beer.
beerme31 (430) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours black medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, hops. Medium sweet taste. Nice mild bitter finish balances it off. Pretty good overall.
TimsRatings (264) - - MAY 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From 12 oz bottle.
Poured dark - very dark, with little head. Beer had decent lacing.
Pretty strong coffee taste. Stays on the tongue. Worth a repeat buy.
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Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Common Market South, Charlotte. Pours a dark brown color appearing black in the glass. Medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malts and an herbal hop finish. The taste is bitter roasted malts, chocolate, herbal and citrus hops. Medium bodied. Decent.
Rrauth (895) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Low aroma smell. The aroma is masking any sweet hops that are normally upfront. Nice. Go ahead and try it
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Travlr (9809) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Murky dark brown color, medium tan head. Aoma of rising raw pumpernickel bread dough. Taste is coffee, pine, brown bread. Nice.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Nice dark brown pour, with an insistent, fairly vigorous carbonation. Nose is modest anise and a good deal of dry grass, with very little other dark additions coming across. Light, prickly mouthfeel and just the faintest bite on the palate. Flavors are a bit more complex than the nose would suggest, with a more pronounced hop presence and certainly more malts as well. Hoppy brown, hoppy porter, who knows with this style? This one was fairly solid.