SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of burnt grain, some bakers cocoa with earthy hop. Flavor is much the same with a clean bitter finish and dry. Mouthfeel is medium body with high carbonation. Overall, not bad.
mar (5145) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
solid black pour with a thin cream head. nose is light hops, citrus, heavy roasted malts. easy on the palate, flavor is mostly roasted malts, light bitter/citrusy finish.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nearly black with a 1-2 finger fluffy tan head. that has great retention and leaves nice sheets of lacing. Aroma is roast nuts, chocolate, brown sugar, dark caramel, a touch of roast, molasses and surprisingly light floral and citrus hops. Flavor is roast, light char, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, walnut skins, dark caramel, bitter grapefruit, light pine and herbal hops round out the finish. Palate is fairly light bodied, has a high, sharp carbonation and dry, but slightly slick finish. Good stuff, definitely swings more toward the highly hopped Porter side of Black IPA. It would be a little better with less char and more citrus.
degbert (1589) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a cinnamon head. Nose is IPA like, herbal and citrusy, but with a faint roasty overtone. On the tongue, it’s all espresso with orange peel -- strong and bitter with a prickly finish. Almost, but not quite, overwhelming. Good.
BroSpud (2014) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a tan head, plenty of carbonation and decent lacing. Hops, pine, and citrus. Slightly thinner than expected but pretty decent overall.
smith4498 (3455) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown/black color with tan head. Roasted malt and pine hop aromas. Roasted malt and chocolate flavors with some citrus and pine. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Decent, but I was hoping for more hop flavors.
obguthr (5312) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pine, grapefruit peel, and orange peel aroma. Mahogany, medium beige head, good lacing. Charcoal initially. Swift transition to orange peel. Finishes with pine. Smooth bitterness without being resinous or biting. A good everyday IDA.
ExpendableHero (825) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown beer, with a nice off-white head. Aromas of mild earthy hops. Taste is a bit one dimensional: dry, herbal hops through and through. Not much malt backing up the hops, maybe some hints of watered down black coffee here and there. Dry, hoppy finish. Not bad.
alexanderj (3503) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured a dark brown/black color with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of earth, fruit, roasted, with caramel. Very roasted and earthy; not feeling this one that much.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick opaque black. Khaki colored head. solid hop aromas and flavors, light pine, and citrus, yet faint. rich roasted malts. solid and smooth, very crisp.