jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle-pours a retaining tight tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is resin, sweet dark malt-roasty/chocolate. Taste is biting hops, medium malt-peat/cocoa. The biting initially has some metallic which fades.
yeffiely (20) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille. Couleur brun claire. Beau col se dissipant après quelques gorgées. Odeur de pin et d’agrumes. Goût de pamplemousse avec une belle sècheresse en finale.
Sammy (7732) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Buckeye Beer Engine. Delightful drinkability, tasty stuff and hits the style. Hoppiness is out front, with the roastiness coming out in the finish.Bold flavours, with emphasis on the C-hop citrus orange and grapefruit flavours. Large retained head. Goo hop and secondary roasted malt aromas.
after4ever (5739) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Thanks, Mike! Pours jet black with a loose whitish-tan head and plenty of sheeting lace down the sides of the glass. Nice mild roasty, piney nose. Creamy medium body. Roast, pine, toast, nuts, caramel, and a bit of grapefruit on the mid-palate. This is still a beautifully made beer with lots of flavor, but it seems like there might have been more of a power punch to it with spanking-fresh hops. This is good, I bet it *was* pretty exceptional not too long ago. Thanks, man!
alexsdad06 (3846) - Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark copper brown color with a large fluffy beige head that sticks all over the glass. The aroma is citrus and earthy hops with very light roast and touches of grass. The flavor is heavy on the earthy bitterness. Additional flavors of citrus, roasted malt, grass and mild dark chocolate. This was better fresh, as the bottle I’m drinking now seems to have a touch of infection setting in.
phaleslu (5208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Root Cellar. Pours a clear amber, way lighter than I expected for the style, with a massive off-white head. In fact, when this was opened, it sounded like a gunshot and then gushed quite a bit of foam. Aroma of earthy hops, citrus, pineapple, peach, paper, and chocolate malts. Flavor of bready malts, citrus, earthy hops, pine, and a little bit of chocolate malt. Light-bodied, with a foamy mouthfeel and high carbonation. We wondered if infection might be starting to set in on this one, as everything seemed just a little bit off. Still, there is a nice IPA in here, even if it wasn’t what I typically think of with a ’black’ IPA.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by MikeTD. A gusher. Pours with a huge off-white head over a deep brown body. Aroma is citrusy with notes of toast, fennel, estery, and chocolate. Flavors of pine, peach, roast and caramel. Lively bubbles. Attenuated finish.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark yet clear amber. Full fluffy head and nice lacing left behind. The aroma is full of citrus and pine, sweet caramel malts. Strong hops give sweet citrus fruits and pine. The roasted malts are not really notable at all. Good IPA though.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. brown bottle thanks to miketd. A dark brown beer with a nice big expanding head that slowly fades. Looks like a Coke with a big head. The aroma has roast, citrusy hops, pine, and chocolate all integrated together nicely .The taste is hoppy with a nice roast blanced with it Chocolate malt with cirtus and pine with a moderate bitter ending. This really is a pretty good Black IPA.
Brigadier (2620) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle
Finally getting around to this before it lost its legs I was treated to a beer that was the epitome of the Cleveland beer scene. I would hope that they have a reason to bring this recipe back and not leave it just a distant memory. The Beer Engine/Buckeye Brewing has released a definite winner.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid ruby red body sparked like the sun just above the horizon. Almost opaque the body was wrapped in a crusty white head that looked like the granules of sand put down for traction on snow. A hoppy blend of raisins, coffee, and pine nuts change over time as it warms and begins to breathe.
Flavor / Palate - Slightly blackened tea, spruce, and baker’s chocolate meld smoothly. Warm and hoppy the transition to a resiny finish glows on the throat. It has begun to lose a little bit in just two months so I wouldn’t hesitate if you have any. This is definitely not a beer to cellar.