stewajt (30) - Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Close your eyes and you would not believe this is a black IPA. Nice mouthfeel. It’s a very busy beer, lots going on. Nice whiff of rye and pine. Would have liked more aroma, however. Very nice BIPA.
thornecb (4742) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany-tinged black into a shaker. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Chocolate and pumpernickel aromas. Soft with chocolate and soy upfront turning to resin and rye in the lasting finish.
jahshuwuh (483) - USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cola brown with generous off white head. Rye on the noise with some grass, wheat, hoppy pine, horse blanket. Salty hop bite with a grainy wheat with rye finish. It could use a tiny bit of sweet to balance it but overall a fairly interesting taste that gets better after your taste buds get accustomed.
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Ernest (6603) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, brown, fully lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
I gotta say the flavor balance and mouthfeel are excellent especially considering the style...non-abrasive and clean, with the right amount of bitterness to counteract the residual sugars, and a delightful fluffy mouthfeel. Looks great too, with a large and lasting billowing head. Sadly, the nose is pretty simple and uninspiring, both in the malt and hop departments...non-offensive and reasonably pleasant, but rather mild and lifeless. With a more interesting nose, this could have been truly excellent.
radarsock (1113) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 750mL bottle bottle purchased from Leary’s for $9.80. Shared with my sister and our old high school friend, Troy. Pours a rubyish deep brown with which sustained sudsy tan head. Supremely awesome lace. Aromas of rye flour, American yeast, tapioca, dried black plums, shiitake mushrooms, honeydew melons, saké kasu, soy milk, and Grains of Paradise. Tastes of rye malt, American hops, pine needles, caraway seeds, parsnips, and chamomile. An explosion of farmhouse yeast, dark chocolate and sunflower seeds by swallow. De-lic-ious.
jrob21 (2858) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The v-day present from the wife this year. She knows exactly what I like. Ipas of any sort. Pours a decent black with red hue. Nice lacing. Pineapple aroma with some pungent citrus coming through. Nice rye peppery bite to the flavor with a faint toasty grain working behind the scenes. Finish is peppery spice and grapefruit bitterness. All working together really well.
theisti (3416) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
~12 oz draft pour at Waldo Pizza in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is black, with some copper hues, and a one inch light khaki head that was lasting. The head eventually falls with some nice splotchy lacing. The aroma is bright pineapple, orange fruit, soft floral notes, the rye is evident, though under the hops. There is also a bit of cracker, lightly caramel malt, though that is certainly under the hops and the rye. The taste mirrors the nose, citrus floral hops, paired nicely with the spiced rye, and supported by the cracker caramel malt. The palate is medium bodied, nice natural soft carbonation, and a lightly bitter sweet dry hop finish. Had I tasted and smelled this with my eyes closed, I would not have guessed it was a Black IPA. The dark malts certainly do not throw off any of the roast flavors I normally associate with that style. Regardless, love the interplay between the hops and the rye in this one. Tasty stuff.
drjay44 (2900) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. corked and caged. Batch number 2012-1. BBD 08-2013. Pours a thick gradually collapsing, very light beige head, with extensive lacing, over a hazy brown (SRM 28) body.......nose is pine, grapefruit peel, chocolate, coffee......taste is pine, citrus peel, light chocolate, hints of coffee, rye spiciness, pineapple tones, finishing with a moderate citrus, pine bitterness.....mouth feel medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation initially fills the mouth with foam, later adds a light spritz. Other than the absolutely enormous carbonation, which took a bit of time to resolve, this was a nice example of this great style. The hops were very present in both aromas and flavors, but the malt backbone asserted itself when necessary. The result was good. Too bad the carbonation was so high. BJCP 8/2/15/3/7
kylerohde (1) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I expected a lot out of this one, as Smokestacks are some of my favorite beers. But like Boulevard did with the regular 80 Acre, it feels like they toned this beer way back for the average beer drinker. It didn’t taste much different than Single Wide to me, which isn’t a bad thing but not worthy of being a Smokestack. Great color and aroma, but a decidedly average IPA to me in the end. Not worth the extra cost.
rader58 (815) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 750ml bottle. Pours dark ruby with subtle hints of brown. Aroma of pine, roasted grain, hay, dark fruit. Flavor of pine, rye, dried fruit, peat, touch of citrus. A crazy mix of flavors from various grains.