keith0718 (318) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great beer. Tastes like an IPA, but with a slightly more complex malt foundation coming from the roasted malt.
Mora2000 (5132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a white head. The aroma is full of pine and resinous hops with some darker malt thrown in. The flavor is pine, resin, roasted malt and a light flavor that seems a bit reminiscent of trash. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Theydon_Bois (5279) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle split at Endo’s house, thanks to Bird & Mini, 26/05/13.
Clear dark mahogony brown with a thin beige head.
Nose carries light sour nots, touch of pine, light roast, hint of tropical fruits.
Taste comprises mineral notes, faint hops, bitter tropical fruits.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, tarte fruits in the finale.
Black IPA - really ? strange tasting brown ale more like!
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Pours a dark chestnut brown with 1 finger of light tan head that creates tight-knit patterns of lacing.
S - Citrus and wet herbal hops, yeasty dough, creamy caramel, it has some earthy edges.
T -Lightly smoked sweet malt, cocoa is definitely present, pine and herbal hops provide plenty of flavor with an earthy bitterness. The cocoa rides through to the dry grainy finish.
M - Light to medium body, semi-coarse feel.
Love to see an ABA in a sixer! This is a good drinker. It’s not gonna blow you but it provides an ABA fix for a great price. Will buy again.
Serving type: bottle
Stevesie (264) - - MAR 24, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Single bottle. Poured dark with a slight red hue; big head and lots of carbonation. More malt than hops in the nose. Interesting taste, but I couldn’t get past what seemed to be a preponderance of roasted malt. Dirty, lingering finish. Fun idea, but not for me.
chinchill (1013) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured clear and dark red-brown in color with a towering mixed density head. The frothy/creamy head was very durable but so large as to suggest over-carbonation. Tasting left the impression that this medium-bodied sample was indeed a bit over carbonated. The aroma was as expected for a beer marketed as a black pale ale: ample notes of dark malts together with (piney and herbal) hops. The flavor was largely as the aroma suggested, but a bit disappointing in that the hops made the beer a bit too bitter in relation to other aspects of hoppy flavors. The finish, nonetheless, was rather good, particularly as the bitterness faded allowing more of the other hop flavors and malt to come to the fore.
nimbleprop (3852) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at GABF. Pours a watery brown with some creamy beige head. Fruity nose, pears, herbs, flowers. Sweet, malty flavor, chestnut honey, orange. Thin finish. Way too thin.
freeofthoughts (595) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with off white head. The aroma is strange like a sweaty cheddar cheese sock with a musty grainy funky hop kick. The taste makes up for it a bit, earthy grainy must with a light spice and a barrage of a lot of hops. Big floral flavor with a touch of citrus bitter. For having so much in the brew it doesn’t quite translate. Not bad at all but nothing exceptional.
hombrepalo (1714) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap CBF. aroma is of dirty sock with subtle pine. Flavor has the dirty sock carrying over with notes of pine and hints of dark roast. Light to medium body, kinda thin and watery.
thooper41 (544) - Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle: Appearance is pitch black with foamy tan head. Aroma is filled with floral hops. Taste is an interesting mix of roasted malt and hops.
robforbes (2002) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a dark brown with a very small tan head, and a little lacing.
smell is of malt, cocoa, a touch of caramel, and a slight roastiness.
taste is a bit on the thin side, chocolate, malt, a little hoppy, and some caramel. ends a little bitter and a little sour.