dogfishho (639) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours as dark and thick as an imperial stout. The aroma however is filled with big sprucey hops on top of a solid dark chocolate and roasted base. The flavor is dominated by a pretty one-noted plain pine hop bitterness but the chocolate from the malt balances it out well. Not bad.
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daknole (10036) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a super dark brown with a light head. Pretty hoppy up front then the flavor melds into a bit of roast and cocoa. Some earthy notes creep in on the finish before the bitterness sinks in again.
CanIHave4Beers (3500) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, shared by a chill bro, in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours a very dark brown with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is piney with some resiny hops, but itís bright and fruity too. Itís got a little bit of toasty malt to it.
The flavor is plenty hoppy but only mildly bitter. Itís piney and fruity with a little bit of chocolaty malt. Itís unbelievable that this is a 10% abv beer, the alcohol is shockingly well subdued.
jkwood04 (4367) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big can in a tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of piney and resinous hops, some dark and pale malts, light dough, and notes of smokiness. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Average texture. A solid beer but not the best.
Homer321 (2438) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can thanks to Dmac. Nose is roasty and hoppy, with a bit of wet dog sort of aroma. Digging deep into the aroma I start to get real piney, and a touch of grapefruit. Black with a small tan head. Taste is a fight for chocolate and hops to take over, with both being fairly balanced. Followed by a distinct and sharp bitterness. Finishes dry with a bit of alcohol warming. As I sip a few more times, I start to get a clashing of hops and roast with a lightly sharp and tart finish. I get this a lot with dark grains and hops. Overall, a bit big and on the pleasant side at first. Alcohol does start to warm up about mid glass. Not a horrible BlackIPA, but not one to make me drink more than a glass.
dlovell2 (1011) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 16 oz can. Pours black with foamy off white head. Citrus, pineapple, and roasted malt aroma. Big citrus flavor with tropical fruit, slight roast character in the finish with bitter grapefruit. Iím used to the roasted flavors in the front but in this brew is it in the finish. Thanks Maxbier for sharing this one.
Maxbier (541) - Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2015 Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is hopy; pine, citrus, some tropical. Flavor is black licorice, double IPA malty flavor and feel, lots of hop flavors; citrus, mango, grapefruit, but predominantly pine. This is a delicious beverage! Roast, not loads, just enough through the finish. Consider me a Carton fan, I may have to move my family to New Jersey.
devman171 (1142) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, pours black with tan head. Aroma is roast and light pine. Taste is roasted malt and smooth, not getting much bitterness, but ive had many beers
GenDV138 (2666) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can shared by Gilles at the Annapolis tasting. Dark brownish black with beige head. Aromas of roast, pine, floral notes, light chocolate. Tastes of roasty notes, chocolate, pine, floral hops. Medium body with a dry finish. Nicely hidden alcohol.
Berard (403) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours black with a thin creme colored head that lingers. Grassy hop aroma over light carbonation. This is a tasty black ipa with reasonable complexity.
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HopDirt (22) - - DEC 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great black ipa! Kind of reminded me of my first, Lagunitas Nighttime!
Nice and hoppy with some mild licorice coffee chocolate notes, mild but detectable and not overpowering, hops seem to balance out, towards the end get the flavors of higher quality coffee/chocolate, as opposed to those who use generic coffee and/ or standard coffee or cocoa nibs. Wow! 10.3 and deliciously drinkable! Keep it up Carton!