ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a deep black color with just a touch of brown with a finger of off-white head. The retention on the head was okay and there was some nice lacing left behind.
S - Heavy amount of sweet roasted malt and some nice piney/grassy hops. Touch of toffee and chocolate elements are also blended in.
T - Starts off with some sweet roasted carmel malt flavor with hints of grassy hop in the background. Also a bit of sweet brown sugar. Slight bitterness. Through the middle the hops gain some power and there is some very nice bitterness. The finish has a lot of flavors going on including some black licorice, chocolate/coffee taste, and some hop bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with moderate to moderate-low amount of carbonation. Smooth and just a bit creamy. Slight dry finish.
D - Very drinkable. There is a nice balance here of malt and hop. There is a slight alcohol presence, but nothing that gets in the way of the beer. Overall very smooth and crisp.
williamherbert (1401) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malt aromas, soon followed by a waft of citrus hops.
Dark red brown appearance. Thick head and thick swatches of lace.
The flavor is dryly sweet malts, with a burnt cookie finish. The hops have a citrus that come at the end. The malts have a dual roasted-nutty and sweet-sugary character that balance pretty well.
Slick, oily palate with a chalky finish. Overall, it’s rather malt heavy for sure, and works well as a hoppy stout.
Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Decent brew. A good casue which might temper my review and put me on the generous side. Not a as well realized as i would like to see. Fairly "half done" with a definate lack of complexity. Nice nose with great malt sweetness and roast characteristics. Not as complex or as rich in the mouthfeel as i had hoped.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown-black pour with a very light dank hop aroma. Lots of cocoa and black roasted malt. Chewy and roasty with a heavy dank hoppiness. Assertively hopped with a nice clean bitterness and some roasted malt character. Chewy and a little bit earthy. It’s quite fragrant with some lingering bitterness. Pretty solid.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from jay. thanks man... pours tad darker shade of cola, porter-like, with a fluffy barely beige head that reduces a bit but is still retains... aroma is an intermingling of piney citrus based hops, a light roast, and dusted cocoa... flavors are a continuation of the same with a even keeled hop and roast presence. first sip lended itself to a bit of a metallic note that failed to surface on subsequent sips. carbonation is overly lively which leads to a dryness that quickly kills the flavor. body, itself, is tad thin to boot.. finishes on a nice roasty note.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a dark cola-like brown color with a flufy 2 finger head that slowly settles, leaving sticking lace as it goes down. Vanilla and caramel in the nose with a very slight hoppy character aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet start with a mix of roast and caramel that then transitions to a hop bitterness that lingers on. I love the fact that this beer is for a good cause but as a beer it is really not that memorable. The hop characteristic is pretty laid back and takes a back seat to the roastedness.
jdavenp (18) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber from whole foods bowery. dark pour with tan head. strong on the malt flavors for a black IPA. Hops come in after the fact. Not bad.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Nice dark (and yes, sludgy) pour, with a thick fluffy head. Sweet toasted malts in the aroma, with deep chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick, a bit oily, with a long dry finish. Taste has a bunch more coffee in it than the nose promised. While I do love coffee brews, it’s not exactly the ticket in a black IPA in some sense, as it tends to cut in on the hop/malt dance underway.
gnoff (8931) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darught at Lagerhaus in Palm Harbor, on January 31, 2011
They marked it as 7% ABV
Clear dark brown color, creamy light brown head. Roasted, malty, coffee, citrus taste. Citrus and bitter aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, pretty high bitterness. Citrus and roasted scent.
Lubiere (11382) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark reddish brown IPA with a thick brown head. In aroma, nice Nelson-Sauvin wild hops,ith grapes, lemons, and light chocolate. In mouth, a nice light chocolate, overlayed with funky hops, cat pee, very nice, rich and smooth. On tap at Oldsmar Tap House, Jan 4 2011.