manuchampions (1238) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep red tinged black with thin cap of off white head. Aroma is sharp hops, some light roast malt. Taste is a little thin but very well balanced. Hops are there with a good malt back. It’s the kind of beer that if amped up would have been quite good but in this form it’s more average. Good effort though from a local brewer that’s trying to please the middle of the road market.
mcberko (7808) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler, courtesy of manuchampions (thanks Jon), pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, light citrusy hops, very nicely balanced. Flavour is bitter, with dry hops, dry roasted malt and finishing with a fairly dry, quite highly astringent palate. A little watery and quite astringent, but nice flavour profile. Quite solid black IPA.
ericdevin (961) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver. It IS black, very little tan head. Not much in the way of aroma. Thin body, cola flavor/effervescence in mouthfeel, finish is abrupt and subtly sweet, hops aren’t really present, reminds me more of a cola porter than a Black IPA. I was expecting more complexity, more hop presence and more in terms of roasty malts. Wins some points back for its sessionability, but overall just OK.