sthlm (1242) - 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, didnít blow me away, but really solid and enjoyable to drink.
MadRobin (2306) - 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 doesnít 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 (1211) - 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.
AirForceHops (4231) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Blanchardís in Allston, MA for $10.50. Pitch black in my Allagash chalice. Thick off white head that slowly dissipated after several minutes. Nose is indeed roasted grain with a light pine essence. When I type that the flavors are light, I intend that to be a compliment. Because a lot of different flavors are here. Chocolate, coffee notes, burnt pine needles, roasted grain and deep roasted barley. The pine bitterness is slightly lingering yet, really not intense at all. The flavors meld exceptionally well together. I shared this bottle yet I was craving more after a glass and a half. Worth the $10.50. Very tasty.
nsquishee (629) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops and dark roasty rye flavor. Very smooth and somewhat sweet. A very nice black IPA.
crossovert (8910) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 20/20
Blackish brown pour with a gigantic head that refuses to dissipate. Smell is citrus, herbs, cocoa, bread. Literally the head wonít die so I suppose I canít drink it.
jefcon (1474) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rye is everywhere these days (3/11/2013) it seems, and the use of rye here is unremarkable, if the beer is excellent for other reasons. First, the rye is most present on the beerís finish, with a dry, roasted, black bread presence. But the aromas and front bite of the beer are bright with peach, lemon, and nectarine fruit. The depth of color belies a lightness of flavor and a fine, light palate.
rougeau13 (2144) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a big resilient tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus, resin, rye, and pine. Taste is roasty and spicy and resinous and mildly bitter. Smooth, medium-full bodied, and slightly dry.
egajdzis (5525) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Translucent black with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, burnt wood, floral hops, pine, and light citrus. Taste of roast, nuts, citrus, pine, and a hoppy finish.