Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a black body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is solid. Lots of fresh, sweeter citrus pines and a balanced roast alongside. A nice, rich chocolate with a hint of mint as well as a medium sweet caramel maltiness. The hops have a good amount of resins, oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines. Flavor is really nice as well. Much more balanced than the regular Hoppy Feet. Lots of caramel and chocolate up front with a sweet citrus pine. A good amount of roast quickly comes in along with some more citrusy oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. Resins and some earth come out towards the end as this finishes dry, roasty, citrusy, and piney with a higher bitterness that isn’t nearly as brash and lopsided as the regular Hoppy Feet. There is a really nice dark, richer chocolate and caramel presence to balance the dry bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and moderate, soft carbonation. Overall, a very well made Imperial Black IPA. This is quite bold in the bitterness and roastiness, but has a much better balance and citrusy aspect than the original Hoppy Feet. Really nice chocolate and caramel presence while still allowing this to completely dry out and drink pretty aggressively. Alcohol is extremely well hidden as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this bold, but balanced beer.
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown/black pour with medium tan head. Aroma is roasty, coffee, chocolate, strong hop notes. Flavor is roasty, lots of piney hops, Light chocolate and coffee. Some sweetness. Cocoa and Hershey’s chocolate bar. The bitterness shows up in the finish. Full bodied. Average carbonation. Pretty good beer.
crazyvin (1993) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cascadian dark ale. Black body with a tan head that faded to a thin coating. Aroma had a nice roasted malt profile that mixed well with a pine like hop note, Flavor initially had a nice roasted malt profile mainly of coffee, there was a molasses sweetness to it. Hops were pine like. A good beer, but I am not used to the roasted malt/pine hops flavor yet.
Lubiere (10461) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another deep dark IPA with a dark brown head. In aroma, intense floral c-hops, with meaty notes, mentol, chocolate, very imperial. In mouth, a smooth dark chocolate with alcohol, c-hops herbaceous notes, delicious. On tap at Boston Beer Summit, Jan. 15 2011.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of pine, resin, earthy, roasty, some coffee. Tastes of resin, roasted malt, sage, some molasses with a bitter finish.
thornecb (4541) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha conglomerate head with excellent retention recedes leaving sheet lacing. Dark chocolate, pine and resin aromas. Sweet chocolate syrup upfront turning to a deep pine resin middle before returning to chocolate covered pit fruit before a lasting grapefruit finish. Quite a long going on...and very good.
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Deep Ellum - Allston, MA. Big dank pot, pineapple, and candied orange aroma, edging bristly and pine-like. This amped up version really works with the good parts of Black IPA and gives you a Carafa III kick laid underneath the C-hop fun. Juicy, sweetness balanced with booze, and a drying hop finish. A well-executed Imperial version of the base.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle (at 10%ABV per the Bottle): Aroma of malt, dark malt, hops, pine, light chocolate, molasses, light citrus, and resin. Poured extremely dark brown/black in color with a small, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Opaque. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter and light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, hops, caramel, pine, light coffee, slight chocolate, resin, molasses, slight citrus, and a hint of roasting. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Dark malt, molasses, hop, pine, slight coffee, slight chocolate, light caramel, and resin finish is dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.