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
dojken (189) - - JUL 11, 2014
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Flaska. Frisk doft med en god balanserad smak. Fin black ipa. God beska. Bra köp!! Fin avslutning.
Vaiz (3260) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at tasting. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, licorice and floral hops. Flavor is spicy bitter, roasted and with coffee. Very nice balance.
kathouse (916) - Nevada, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black with red highlights. Caramel and hop aromas meld into a sweet burnt mouthful that finishes dry.
UkrainPubCrawler (92) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely delicious double black IPA! Full of flavor and lots of hops! The chocolate and dark fruit flavor take this beer far beyond just a black IPA. Probably the best value you can get for a $10 beer.
arnold931 (398) - Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep reddish with off-white head. Nose is some chocolate and fruit. Alcohol comes through in the taste. Does not hide the 10%.
weaselkenievil (1606) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared in the sun with wyzzywyz22, cheers mate. Poured very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Anyone who knows me would know I’d love this. It’s got the lot for me. Lovely chocolate and hops. Smooth palate, lovely mouthfeel and no way drinks like 10% even though alcohol is present. Yes! As Diego Sanchez would say...
Theydon_Bois (7908) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Foodland Laihana, in the hotel room Ka’anapali beach 24/04/14.
Black with a well appointed tan covering that retain well.
Nose carries a good level of roast malt, pine, bitter tropicals, earthy cocoa, toffee fudge, light spice, hint of booze.
Taste comprises bitter roast, liqourice, dark berry fruits, bitter tropicana, pine resin, mineral tang, malt hit, booze evident.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, hop bitteress in the close and a boozey lick.
Solid enough CDA, ticks the boxes although became a little hot and boozey in places, not a quick drinking CDA!
RespertFTW (515) - Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with big head. Aroma is hops and malt. Taste is malt, syrupy, hops at end. Nice beer
StevieT (527) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle. Pours almost back with a thin tan head, so many big flavours in there; hops galore, coffee, chocolate and roasted bitter flavours. Smooth mouth feel with a hint of alcohol. Great beer if you love big strong flavours and high alcohol. Luckily I do.
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a tall and dense khaki head that very slowly dissipates.
Aroma: The aroma reminds me of an aged American barleywine. The whole musky-ish orange/grapefruit that’s in a musky basement aroma. There’s a backing of chocolate with a hint of pine and perhaps smoke which I’m enjoying. I just don’t like the hop choice.
Taste: The hoppiness is rather big and semi-aggressive, but so is the malt base. I get a big grapefruit bite with mild pine backed by big chocolate malts, a hint of roasted malts, and light smoke and licorice on the finish. Great black IPA.
Palate: Full-bodied, slightly syrupy, with mild carbonation.
Overall: This is a top notch black IPA, on par with Wookey Jack. I think I prefer Wookey Jack, but this is damn good. I with the hop profile leaned more towards the piney flavors and I wish that there wasn’t hints of licorice, but even so this is great.