onceblind (3939) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--clear dark dark brown with a thin rocky beige head. Nose is pretty sharp with spicy rye and spicy bitter hop notes--lots of pine and bitter herbal tones in the nose. Flavor is slightly more forgiving with dark roasty sweetness and a touch of caramel, but is still dominated by hops, with lots of sharp lemony pine and bitter grapefruit, as well as a strong spicy rye presence. Not up my alley.
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brown with a big, tan head that sticks around forever. Roast, rye, rind, chocolate, pine.
Ret12 (450) - Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
This one was a little different it reminds me of a hoppy guiness beer. Not the best black ipa
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with massive, fine-bubbled, foamy, beige head / Soft nose of fresh cut pine, weed, soap, roast barley / Light to medium body, a hint watery, lively carbonation, some chew, dry, fine balance and bitter finish / Mild flavors of roast grain, weed, rye spice, pine, soap, with notes of chocolate, grapefruit / A very mild ipa for an 8% abv, somewhat lacking in fruit, but nicely balanced and easy drinking.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma was fruity hops and rye. The aroma invites you in. Taste ws rye, fruity hops, dry finish. Aftertaste od rye and roasted malt. Nice lacing. So tasty- best rye pa I’ve had as of yet.
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh yeah! Says the KoolAid man.
Deep, dark nutty british looking, but west coast hoppy tasting but with undercurrents of wheathy, grainy, goodness.
sthlm (1225) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is cocoa, rye, nice hop presence. Taste is moderate bitterness, solid rye, some roasted malt--becomes a little sweeter and some fruit (subdued blackberry?) shows up at times. Overall, didn’t blow me away, but really solid and enjoyable to drink.
MadRobin (1858) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap 10 oz. pour at The Alehouse in Columbia in Columbia, MD
Opaque, mahogany-black with small pale khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of pine and citric hops, roasted malt and rye bread.
Taste of pine, citric hops, roasted malt and brown bread with a nice rye finish.
Medium body and medium/high carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with some streaks of redish brown on the edges of the glass. Big off-white rocky head that doesn’t want to dissipate. Lacing sticks to my Boulevard tulip like sap to the trunk of a maple. The aroma is saturated with roasted malts, coffee, rye bread, cardamom and licorice.The flavor is rye throughout with hints of roasted malts. Not the most balanced beer, but pleasant none the less. Medium bodied with a velvet mouthfeel. Nice beer.
jmohno (1048) - Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with red hue.Good head/retention/lacing.
Resiony herbal/earthy hops dominate aroma with underlying fruit /fruit sweetness.Chocolate/nutty roast mildly intertwines.
Taste is big dry hoppy,dry,roasty with chocolate,light/med body.Strong bitter and roast in finish.Long linger.Ashy roasty strong finish.