bleeng (1652) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Black with a tan head. Malty chocolate nose. Taste is a bit harsh with some chocolate notes and a malty smooth body. Alcohol is upfront and harsh. Not bad but the alcohol bite detracts from the taste.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like Hoppy Feet but more powerful and more of everything. Hides the alcohol well - no idea it was 11% until reading here.
rajendra82 (1031) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown body was mostly opaque, and the head atop was quite large at three to four fingers thick. While it looked like a stout, it certainly did not smell like one. The hops were very noticeable in the piney and earthy smell. There was a touch of chocolate at the end of each whiff, betraying the presence of dark malts. The taste was perfectly straddling the line between a stout and a DIPA. The hops were clearly there in the bitterness up front, which was followed by a different, more astringent bitterness from the roasting of the grains. There was also a small amount of sweetness that alternated between molasses and rock candy. The aftertaste was very bitter, and lingered long after the beer had already passed the throat. Very silky mouthfeel with no harshness. Phenomenal beer from a brewery whose products are newly being distributed around here. I will be back for more of your beers very soon.
hivemind (883) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at 4th Avenue Pub last night with Erica. Poured jet black and left a thick (but inconsistent) lacing on the inside of the chalice it was served in. Aroma was very sweet and chocolatey, and so was the flavor. Heavy milk chocolate and not a ton of roastiness, which is a welcome break from the norm in the style. I thought of Nesquick right off the bat. Very good.
SudsMcDuff (7802) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
sorry, we’re out- no, you’re not .. . Pours a deep black .. good good foam .. . roast, burnt aspirin, tar, ash, and burnt penguin .. . decent mouth, hides the abv well but lacks any depth .. . . That raccoon stole my lamb chop!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: pours a barely transparent blackish mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of beige head. Has a fresh resiny hop nose and good dark malty sweetness with a touch of mild roast. Starts with good fullness and chewy sweet dark caramel malts with lots of citrusy hop flavor and bitter balance before a drier bittersweet finish. True to style and dangerously drinkable.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dartk black with a nose of coffee, chocolate, and raspberry chocolate. Flavor follows suit. Nice coffee beer but not otherwise.
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of ksurkin. Bomber pours dark dark mahogany with tan head and a bit of lacing left behind on the glass. The modest aroma offers up a mix of orange juice, grapefruit and bitter pine hoppiness as well as roasty malts, burnt malts and a sort of earthy chocolate. The taste is expectedly bold on all fronts with vibrant bitter pine hops rolling into some grapefruit and tangelo. Then it seems big roasted to chocolate to burnt malts dominate with the hoppy notes just hanging around the edges. Good drinkin’ bold brew where I get almost no sense of the big ABV.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is citrus, grapefruit with chocolate and a bit of alcohol. The taste is almost completely void of the 11%. It’s a smooth combo of pine and citrus hops, chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of ripe dark fruits. The lingering bitterness is quite nice. This is the biggest black ipa I’ve had to date and my first clown shoes brew. Digging this one.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a creamy light brown head that laces a little bit. Aroma of citrusy grapefruit hops and some malty roast. Rich, sticky mouth feel of roasty malts, some cocoa, and piney herbal hops. Finishes pretty bitter. Alcohol is very well hidden.