arminjewell (5143) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with light tan head. Aroma has notes of pine, orange, some roast and chocolate, slight toffee notes as well. Very much like a Black IPA. Taste has notes of slight pine and grassy bitterness, slight grapefruit and bitter orange, nice coffee, toffee, roasted notes, balanced very well with some bitterness at the end. Very smooth, and way, way too drinkable for 10%. Good stuff!
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Difficult to classify this brew, which is perhaps why it is sometimes referred to as a Black IPA and other times/places American Strong Ale. None the less, if you like either of those, you may very well like this roasted-malt beauty.
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The beer pours almost black with a big khaki colored head.
S: Smells of roast, a lot of roast, and some dark chocolate. Not terribly hoppy, unfortunately. Some moderate pine notes, which is really it. There is a mild acidity and some slight metallic notes.
T: Interesting flavors of dark fruit and dark chocolate. Big time ash and intense flavors of roasted malts. There is a pretty strong bitterness, some mild coffee, and also some chalk. Pine and citrus peel, a mild herbal quality, are really it as far as the hops.
M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: I like a lot of Black IPAs, but this was not very good.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black very little head. Smells of brandy and yet it also has a sour smell to it, also coming through some floral hops,nuts and roasted malts. Tastes of nuts, roasted malts, chocolate, with some sour notes coming through. Not getting much hops, mouthfeel is thick and the finish is long roasted nuts and slightly hoppy.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with some licht escaping through the sides. Thin cream head and some lacing clinging to the sides. Strong chocolate , coffee, heavy roasted malts, and licorice in the nose. Loads of heavy bitter roast, chocolate, and ginger snaps. The finish is rather long and bitter.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: An uber hoppy dark-barley-wine-stout-something, borderline Imperial Black-IPA. Tasty and very nice.
How: From a bottle (or tap?) at Extreme Beer Fest 2011.
The look: Clear near black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose has a bit of roast and plenty of green pine-needles. Taste has a robust malt backbone with plenty of rich sticky caramelized malts, low-medium roastiness sensation, a truckload of piney hops with some citrusy notes. No sign of the 10% abv, not at all. So heavy that it felt like a extremely hoppy imperial stout barley wine bastard beer, borderline Black IPA. It kind of reminded me of Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale (the supposedly black barley wine). I love beers like that. A great beer to commemorate Captain Lawrence fifth anniversary. Congratulations Scott!!! I remember discovering this then unknown brewery 5 years ago in a New-York pub. Time flies. 5 years ago I never thought I would be entering my 3939th rating today, back then I was still hoping to one day have a life.
DalzAle (1842) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to dmac! Very dark black pour, creamy lacing and a little thin lasting head and aroma of caramel, hops and a little coffee. Flavor is earthy caramel, burnt nuts a little raisin and finished slightly spicy and very creamy(can’t sense that this is 10%). I like this quite a bit, and will probably try to trade for another bottle.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Black ale with a small, fizzy, khaki head. Oaken, hoppy, chocolate nose – almost floral in a way. Full-bodied and silky with supple carbonation. The flavor provides a boatload of charcoal flanked by caramel, chocolate and resiny, hempen hops. The lengthy finish is burnt, moderately bitter and then dry. It’s hard to nail this one down. Black Ipa? Black barleywine? I don’t really know, but I like it a lot. Bottle courtesy of dchmela!
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber Bottle. Right from the brewery!
Beautiful black pour with a light tan head.
A dark roasted malty aroma. This is one BIG Beer. Deep rich flavor.
If you savor this beer slowly, you will enjoy the five different hops and the five different malts. This is truly one to enjoy.
patrickfannon (1200) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vinnie. Oh, and Juden. Pour is a straigh Coca-Cola black with a rich, velvety smooth bubbled seafoam head; the head looks like the blown back side of rough waves. Lacing is geographical, forming shapes like continents in tight bubbles down the sides. Aroma of honey, caramel, burnt roasted malts, coffee beans, peppercorn, and slight bready, yeasty dough. Full, rich, luxuriously smooth and tongue-coatingly warm body. Excellent finish with a bit of boozy warming that blooms in through the throat and into the chest. Rich chocolate, caramel, fresh orange flavors abide throughout. What a spectacular beer.