commonmac (447) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bottle from Elevated. Black in color. Frothy, steady head. Aroma is hoppy but understated. A nice hop bitterness with a really good rye addition. A near earthy middle followed up by an enjoyable finish. Bitter but palatable. Another solid performance from this brewery.
kathouse (1139) - Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
More reddish brown than black. Very prominent citrus and rye spice. Medium body with lots of rye flavor. Hops show up in the finish. Marginal compared with others.
Steve_0 (2925) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Après Handcrafted Libations in Breckenridge. Pour is deep brown with a small cream head and great lacing. Big hoppy, spicy, grapefruity, orange peel, weedy, and roasty aroma. Taste is fresh grassy, grapefruit peel, grass, light toast, weed, and bread with a big bitter finish. Medium body with medium-to-soft carbonation. Nice black IPA.
STLGoldendog (60) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown color with a thick bubbly head. An aroma of oats and nuts. A light palate but surprisingly very complex flavor for not being heavy. Very sweet earthy taste. A delight!
Nero55 (788) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Rocketcity Brewfest. Brown/black with medium tan head. Aroma of resinous hops and roasted malts. Medium body, resinous hop bitterness without much roasted malt on the flavor. More of an IPA than BIPA.
deyholla (7157) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours a near black with a creamy brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces. Aroma has notes of light dark grains with some earthy pine and a hint of rye and roasted malts backing. Flavor is similar with a bit of dark grains, rye, roasted malts backed by earthy pine.
Maltser85 (321) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with tan head. Well carb. Red tinges around the edges. Grapefruit and pine up front with a roasted nutiness. Taste is nice pine with some grapefruit. Mild roast. Nice body.
brokensail (11854) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Haven Gastropub. Dark brown in color with a tall khaki head. Roasted malt, hints of coffee, and lots of piney hops on the nose. Hints of honeydew, orange peel, and herbs. A little bit of a grass and pine bitterness to the flavor. Lots of roast and herbs, too. Citrus peel, melon, and a bit of burnt sugar sweetness. Not bad.
tmoreau (2634) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters showing a cloudy, dirty brown hue, with persistent, frothy, light tan head foam, and waves & spots of clingy lacing. The aroma was subtle, with mellow roast, dankness & grain, light spice, and malty creaminess. The taste was malty, along with notable, dry & earthy bitterness, and lively carbonation that gave some false sense of heft to the body, which I perceived as light to medium. Have enjoyed better style examples, and didn’t really wow me.
nearbeer (3901) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couple of 12 oz. on tap at Alewife. Black with a lasting ring of creamy foam. Big nose of spicy citrus, toast and a touch of mocha. Tastes of fresh orange and grapefruit, caramel, spicy dark bread, resin and a touch of coffee and chocolate. Medium body is smooth with medium carbonation and has a very nice balance and drinkability.