Cavie (3549) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown color with a ring of tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, lots of hops and a slight burnt character. Flavor is mostly dark malts, hops and charred caramel. Not a fan.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Hay Merchant in Houston. Pours a deep brown-black color with a medium light beige head that diminishes slowly. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and hops. Medium body with flavors of piney hops, bready malt and a bit of chocolate. The finish is sweet malt up front with a short hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.
djd07 (2535) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hay Merchant. Pours a black and ruby hue with small beige head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and pine. Medium mouthfeel with a dry hop and raisin malt with lingering dry finish. A very good black IPA from Deep Ellum.
bleeng (1461) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Flying Saucer Garland Tx. Black with a nice small leggy tan head. Nose is slight chocolate malt. Taste is bitter with some faint burnt malt and a noticeable alcohol kick. A little thin. A bit of a mixed up beer - give me an ipa or a nice winter Belgian ale but not this.
Strykzone (4200) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rhanks to JRorie for a sample from his growler. Lots of red in the dark brown. Fruit and roasted notes abound. Brown sugar, bitterness, citrus, and rich malts. Nicely done.
Tejas (824) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this last year at Union Bear and liked it. I had it again this year at Gingerman and liked it even more. Lots of interesting fruity flavors at first then a solid hoppy finish. I think black IPAs are a dumb idea but I like this. This is Deep Ellumís best beer, imo.
tbsb (17) - san marcos, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: hops. Smells great for what it is.
Appearance: wonderful black.
Taste: nice balance of the dark malts with the hops.
Palate: medium mouthfeel.
Overall: Good beer. Give it a try.
jhamp9 (879) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black pour with a nice lasting beige head. Aroma is piney hops with subtle coffee and smoke. Taste is pine, tobacco, grapefruit,coffee, and a little spicy. Nice bitterness.
kidmartinek (2968) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yum. Leathery chalky malty minerally. Deep brown. Thin off white head. Mainly tastes like limestone dust doused with raoasty barley water, in a good way. Yeah!
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Holy Grail. The look is brownish red in color, thick cashew colored head, and dark. The smell is roast, hops, pine, caramel, fresh, and pretty good. The taste is a good bitterness, nice complement to the roast, pine, green hop flavor.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) deep brown, creamy dark tan head and nice lacing. Nose of chocolate malt, grapefruit, bit of pine, and brown sugar. Taste of chocolate malt, pine, light orange pulp and cola root. Medium body and nice cola-like carbonation. Great black IPA.