nuplastikk (3276) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Sugar Maple. Opaque black body, steady beige head. This is an odd creature. Weird caramel coffee laced hoppy bitterness, some alcohol ruggedness. Oily chocolate sweetness. A slow sipper, not really sessionable at all. A beast, maybe too beastly. Bitter and astringent hops.
boxofrane (1180) - pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at railroad. Pours pitch black with a dense, off-white head. The aroma has some bread, rye, caramel, and booze. The taste is sweet and lacks the bitterness of a typical black IPA. More of a boozy, sweet stout.
drpimento (1936) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty good beer, but kinda sweet for a DIPA. Served with a medium sized, light tan head that settles to a light cover which does last a while and lots o lace. Color is an almost opaque, black ruby. Aroma is an odd combination of malt, roast, molasses, perfume, meat, and insect repellent. Flavorís like nose, hugely sweet (for a DIPA!), carbonic tang is behing the sweet by some distance and bitterness is beat way back. Body is decent; ditto carbonation. Finish is of average length and booze is well hidden.
esjaygee (3209) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Sugar Maple. Dark brown with ruby lowlights and a medium tan head. Aroma is dark and hoppy with chocolate, citrus, mild caramel and dark roasted malts. Taste is hoppy with darker malts, citrus and a bit of pine. Finishes up nice and hoppy. Iím not sure I buy the whole mistake thing, everyone is making a black IPA these days, but good nonetheless.
alexsdad06 (3041) - Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours very dark brown with mahogany highlights and a medium sized sticky beige head. The aroma has a well balanced blend of dark roasted malts and resiny/citrus hops. The flavor has a substantial roasted malt base, dark chocolate with resin and citrus tang throughout. This was a bit of a surprise in how the two parts seemed to work so well together. Well worth the shot if you get the chance.
arminjewell (4159) - Saudi Auroria, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Freshcraft, dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought big resinous, pine, dank hop notes, touch of slight biscuit, roasted malt, and some grainy chocolate/cocoa powder. Taste is fairly nice, mix of big pine and resinous, slight fruity notes mixing into some chocolate and roast, but blasts at the end with bitterness. Decent, but the end ruined it a bit.
notalush (4173) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Freshcraft - I feel like I had a different beer compared to the one described by all the other raters because I found this unpleasant to drink - loads of harsh, rough black malt bitterness and abrasive hoppiness, followed by such strong fusel alcohol flavors and heat that I felt like I was drinking a hoppy stout with a shot of cheap vodka dropped into it - some char and pine resin - so boozy I felt like I could probably light it on fire - did not work for me.
Tmoney99 (8777) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Poured black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, chocolate, floral hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a very good complex beer that exceeded my expectations.
DrSilverworm (2703) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Very dark red color (essentially black). Nice, thick foamy khaki head, leaving great lace. Very nice, big hop and dark roasty malty flavor, very tasty. Bit of chocolate. Piney, resiny hops. Pineapple. Nice bittersweet delicious taste. Light crisp carbonation. Big body, so big. Slight alcohol bite, but not what youíd expect from this ABV. Iím a fan. Glad to have had a chance to try this "mess-up". Would love a world where I could drink this kind of thing all the time.
b3shine (2230) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft to snifter at Dutchís. Looks good; dark with 1/2" head. Smells good too; nice balance of hops and malt. Tastes great! I canít believe this is 12%!!! Holy hell, this is one of the easiest drinking big beers Iíve ever had, especially for its type! Mouthfeel is flawless. Phenomenal!