dnstone (2092) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an espresso brown-black with a bit of tan head. Nice roasty, stout-like aroma. Roasty stout-lke flavor up front followed by a strong hoppy character and chased with some slight alcohol notes...finish is chocolatey-roasty.
tectactoe (1028) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: deep, dark, woody brown but not quite fully black. Complete with ruby highlights & a quickly fading, khaki colored head. Aroma is robust with notes of roasted malt, cocoa powder, citric, herbal, & ashy hops, light white pepper, & finishing grapefruit. Quite roasty & nearly chocolate-y from the malt. Taste is quite ashy & almost charred with roasted malt & abrasive hop bitterness colliding. Leaves, citrus peel, ash, roast, cocoa, faint fresh coffee beans. Astringent toast in the finish, light char, & some bitter citrus pith. Definitely hides the alcohol well, but the intense bitterness can wear down the palate rather quickly... still a good beer, however.
LearninBeer (323) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is hops - grass/floral. Pours black with light brown frothy head mostly diminishing with excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium light, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter and long. A very good beer!
OPIE788 (214) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured black with no head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit like prunes and some bitter coffee. Taste also had some bitter coffee with hop and a slight sweetness.
suprchunk (1926) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dark brown - bordering on black. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. Malty aroma with citrus and pine notes. Hoppy flavor with some malt in the back. Notes of sugar and plums. Pretty tasty.
darb85 (35) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great ipa. More like this keep me getting back to ipa’s. Glad to see hop only credo is leaving us for better balance
onceblind (3537) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a thin foamy laceful beige head. Nose is wonderful with aromas of roasted coffee and slightly bitter black malt, and a touch of pine. Taste is a bit more piney and floral with those bitter hops taking the lead, balanced by an earthy cocoa and black roast malt backbone, and a wee touch of coffee. Finishes a little piney bitter. Not aggressive and nicely balanced and complex. Bitter where it needs to be, with appropriate roast and black sweetness.
Abio (1507) - Waasland, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black in the glass. A good sized head. That maybe should hold some longer, but OK. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. A bit simple. Long earthy dry bitterness at the aftertaste.
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with medium retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of bitter roasted malt with some dry hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter roasted malt with quit a powerful dry hoppy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. I thought this was a bit too dry IMHO.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Starkly coniferous, this Imperial Black IPA also possesses fruity angles which expand into floral spikes, as toasted bread crumbs ground moderate bitterness. Expressive, to say the least.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the brown-edged black.
-The mouthfeel is rich yet soft.
-The hoppiness is brutal, but very flavorful and exactly as advertised.
-You have to be in the mood for intensity here, but when you are, it’s going to be satisfying.