Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into tulip glass...
Appearance: Pours out a dark color that I can only describe as black. It has a tight 2 finger khaki, chocolate milk colored head that sticks around for a surprisingly long time. Moderate lacing on this one. A nice looking black IPA.
Smell: Whew this is an interesting smelling beer. I was expecting much more hops on the nose but instead I get tons of dark malts. I’m picking up toasted characteristics with nutty and biscuit, too. Some mild faint coffee in there also. Then and only then do I get some piney hops on the back end. This smell reminds me much more of a roasty stout than an IPA.
Taste: Oh my, a nice initial taste on this with the roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweetness. This is followed up by a great hop profile of pine hops and bitterness that prickles the taste buds and sticks around for a long time after the swallow. The alcohol at 11% is so well hidden behind all this goodness that it is almost non existent.
Mouthfeel: I think the feel on this beer is spot on for the style. It is medium with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel in the mouth.
Overall: This to me is the best of both worlds in that it is combining a stout and an IPA. I love the melding of flavors in the two styles and the end result is very enjoyable. A sipping beer for me but dangerously so because of the alcohol being so well disguised. I like this beer!
Serving type: bottle
musinj6 (494) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black with a tan head that lingers with moderate lacing. Roasted malt with pine and citrus hops. Full body with medium carbonation. Boozy (not overwhelming) with medium to prominent bitterness. Long, bitter finish. This is a fantastic black ipa.
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark average head, off white mostly staying.
Smells a bit boozy
Sweet start bitter finish
Full body creamy
TheJester (2416) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 mL bottle. Looks like a porter, which is, I suppose, about right. The aroma is among the best of the style; sweet cocoa and caramel balancing the sharpness of the hops. Too many brewers fail to balance the nose when brewing black IPAs. The flavour is big, impy stout big, without being particularly complex. Alcohol is an interesting addition to to the mocha and resiny hops. Pretty good beer, if you.are asking me.
thewolf (11931) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Completely black with a firm, creamy and light bubbly beige head. Aroma is lovely hoppy, grapefruit, piney, citrus, fresh-cut grass. Roasted and chocolate malt power behind the hops. Medium to low carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of fat dark chocolate, roasted malts, soft figs and plums. Quite warming viniousness. Lovely citrusy punch from hops that are also piney. Lingering, quite malty bitter finish. Nice.
RichardGretton (4588) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black beer with a strong brown head. The aroma is mildly roasted, and the flavour is deeply bitter with a strongly hoppy feel and a long bitter finish. Overall a nice well hopped and roasted beer.
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Habanero (3861) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours hazy, deep brown with a small beige head. Leaving a fair lacing. Nose of citrus, pine and chocolate. Sweet flavor of roasted malt along with citrus fruits, resin and chocolate. Quite full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. Ends up more dry and nice bitter. Excellent.
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
66 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a decent mocha head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is piney and resinous hops as well as some malt. Taste is bitter and a little dry with plenty of hops (pine and resin) and some malt as well as some warming alcohol.
sebletitje (8957) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
66cl bomber, 10%, @ Delirium Hoppy Loft, Brussels.
Brune foncée, col léger beige.
Arôme est malté grillé avec une bouffée de houblon arrivant juste derrière alternant pin et fruité avec un malt caramel agréable.
Palais malté sur note de chocolat, caramel avec une note épaisse, léger huileux avec une pointe fine de torréfié. Houblon reste plus en retrait donnant un profile houblonné amer léger, citronné avec un bon coup de forêt de sapins. Alcool malgré les 10% reste bien dissimulée.
dagimp (936) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber into a plastic cup (don't judge me!). Date on bottle is 2/12 so it isnt the freshest but it shouldnt be past its prime either Pours a beautiful clear black if that's at all possible. Nice hearty brownish head and lacing. I can tell this is a substantial beer. Mouthfeel is actually lighter than I'd expect for a 10%abv but it's waaaaaaay to carbonated. Nice biting dry feel to it though. Aroma is dark malty with a splash of alcohol. Taste is dry with plenty of porter like taste. A good dose of piney hops are present too. Tons of chalk too. Overall I really liked this beer. Plenty of character to go around.
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