jjgmd (1960) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, aroma is malty, wonderful on the palate with hints of chocolate, and mild to moderate bitterness....heavy bodied with a crisp dry finish. All in all nice flavorful beer and very well balanced !
zgaier (1884) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black appearance with taste of roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. A well balanced beer with a nice biter finish and taste that is drinkable and enjoyable.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Valhalla. Bitter ale... Caramel and toasty malts. Decent but nothing special.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Medium tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate/cocoa, some orange, faint anise. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, bittersweet chocolate, light roast. Medium body, some resin.
arondee (599) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is burnt malt, hops, and dark chocolate. The taste is bitter burnt malts, orange peel hops, and a slight chocolate sweetness. The aftertaste is long and reminds me of charcoal. A little one-sided, I like bitter beers as much as the next guy but I was wishing this was a little more balanced.
travita (4804) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell is nice roast, pine, hops, would make for a decent car air freshener. The look is brown with touches of red, tannish head, and dark. The taste is roast, hops, and stuff like the aroma but does not seem to balance as well leaving not as good as an aftertaste as I thought it could be.
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with Steve and co. Forgot who brought this, but thanks! Black appearance with a light brown head. Fairly roasty, chocolate malty, moderately citrusy/piney hoppy aroma. Pretty easy drinking flavor with notes of char, chocolate, light smoke, piney, and citrus.
dfinney23 (2620) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a short-lived tan head. Smells like a forest fire. Big hop flavor up front fades a bit to burnt malt and a mildly bitter finish.
LilBeerDoctor (3699) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of rich roasted/charred malt, a hint of coffee grounds. Flavor is again dominated by the roasted/charred malt, some roasted nuts, and coffee grounds with just a hint of chocolate. There are some bitter hops in the finish, but this is not your typical black IPA. Also not as hoppy as the Hoppy Feet, but similar flavor notes. Great hoppy black ale!!
radagast83 (7079) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5oz pour at Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria VA. Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a very small wispy deep tan head. Aroma is roasted notes through and through. Solid dark chocolate grains, with hint of hoppy notes. Flavor is a pretty decent balance between the roasted malts and the hops. Pretty solid, prototypical, "how a Black IPA should be made" brew.