Concealer (646) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Clear dark brown with a reddish tinge, foamy tan head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, and light citrus. Flavor is similar with a mostly sweet malt flavor. Medium bodied, dry finish, lingering malt.
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint draft at the brewery tasting room in Denver, Colorado. The pour is a darker brown black, hazed with a well formed 1/2 inch tan head. The aroma is caramel toffee sweet, roast, and earthy pine. The taste is the nose, balance between soft sweet caramel toffee, soft roast and the earth and pine dry out the end. The palate is medium bodied, crisp carbonation clean finish. Nice one.
brokensail (9921) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap @ Copper Kettle. Very dark brown pour with a khaki head. Aroma is big time celery. A touch of plastic, roast, and paint. Decent cocoa, coffee, and herbal hops. Flavors of celery, herbs, and pine. Bitter. Roasted malt, cocoa, and some coffee. A touch of blue cheese on the finish.
NachlamSie (2646) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint at the brewery. Pours quite black with a small head. Aroma doesn’t reveal hopping to the extent of most IPAs, but this is done with all British ingredients so the high alpha acid PNW hops I’ve always had from the style in the past are absent. Smells like a delicious cup of coffee with earthy notes and dark cacao. Great mouthfeel, goes well with the roasty, malty body. Hops become noticed a little, enough to raise an eyebrow with its bite in the finish, but not enough to sell me on a black IPA. Still, great roasty porter-like flavors make this an excellent beer and there’s a decent woody hop presence. Very clean and balanced.
mfrato (100) - - JAN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery, amazing aroma, great beer but the aroma is far better than the taste. Also, finish is missing something
wilnatp (508) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Copper Kettle, CO 1/10/13. Nose has some chocolate, caramel and roast with coffee and toffee notes. Taste is sweet malts with hints of bitter roast.
drjay44 (2481) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taster at the brewery. Pours a thin white head, medium duration, with slight lacing, over a clear, black (SRM 40) body.....nose is coffee, cocoa, light toffee/caramel.....taste is coffee, cocoa, toffee/caramel, light grapefruit peel bitterness at the finish....mouth feel medium, carbonation medium. This meets the style quite well, with reasonable complexity in both nose and flavors. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish almost black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee going into roasted chocolate, hints of slight grass and pine as well, spice notes come through. Taste is spice with slight fruit, hints of caramel and chocolate into a roasted, bittering finish with a hint of espresso. Not bad, more on the end of a porter than IPA, but tasty.
Camons (5044) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Copper Kettle, Denver. Pours very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, citric hops. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, orangepeel, citrussly hops. Medium body, soft carbonation, weak bitter finish. Decent, but sweet and abit underpowered.200212
Ratman197 (9030) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Wynkoop Parade of Darks poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roastiness, earthiness and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness and light citrus with a crisp dry lingering roasty finish.