flylikeabanana (173) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with a tan head. Hoppy aroma. Taste is dominated by roasted malt and hops. Some sweetness on the palate. I would not agree with the description of this beer as "eminently drinkable".
drjay44 (2342) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours an enormous (fills the glass) well retained light beige head, with some lacing, over a particle laden, dark brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is resin, coffee, light organic chemical.....taste is coffee, resin, finishing bitter from roasted malts and hops.....mouth feel light of medium, slightly astringent, carbonation adds a foamy mouthful. The heavily roasted malts are over represented, and the hops are minimally present making for a beer that hardly represents a Black IPA. Also the particle laden appearance is dreadful. A change in both the malt and hop back bones is necessary to improve this beer. BJCP 6/1/10/3/6
Brouwerij (721) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with light khaki head, settles quickly with thin lacing. Aroma is hoppy, very resinous, with a mild roast background, slight soap. Flavor is moderately bitter up front, hoppy, resinous, slightly floral, piney, with a slightly roast, dark malt, chocolate finish. Soapy aftertaste. Beer is mildly roasted/dark but the dark character is more in appearance than flavor. Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, and bubbly/crisp texture, mouthfeel is a little disappointing, slightly watery. A mediocre black IPA, imbalanced, one-dimensional, so many better beers of this style.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Titled "Stage House 1899." Pours a somewhat hazy, deep brown/black appearance with a light brown head. Really potent, piney, incredibly herbal, a bit minty, roasty malty aroma. Celery/veggie, herbal, piney hoppy, burnt malty, chocolate, a bit chalky flavor. Fairly bitter finish and not all that enjoyable.
Ernest (5892) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cocoa powder, roasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Really simple, mild, and generic nose. Dirty aftertaste and watery body. Blech.
3fourths (7525) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
draft. dark brown with a dusty dark tan head. when chilled the nose is dusty roast and semi-sweet caramel malt with a milk powder yeast note. when warm it gives off more cheesecloth and cooked celery to go with the mild roast and caramel. by the time it reaches room temp the off-notes are overwhelming (cheese, celery, solvent), while the body and acid become particularly harsh and unpleasant, like licking a 9v battery.