jmohno (1122) - Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, rich head,lace.Good aroma , mix of chocolate and some refined light fruit hop character.Taste is a bit astringent and tangy for some black ipas I go for. Sharp carbonic finish that’s not great.. Some good hops in there that don’t seem to stand out, maybe a dated poorly stored bottle. I was expecting a little more but for a cheaper price I kinda got what I paid for in this case.
Homer321 (2039) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A roasty hoppy nose. Taste is a lightly tart and peppery with a sweet sugary malt character. Actually balanced and pretty good.
arnold931 (606) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours dark brown with huge tan head. Nose is mostly hops. Taste is pineapple hops and some coffee. Dry aftertaste.
Darkmagus82 (1785) - - JUN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours cola black color with a small off white foam head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the beer is a mix of sweet chocolate and roast along with a rather stronger showing of some hop. The hop aromas ore heaviest of a pine nature, with some other aromas of a citrus grapefruit and herbal smell as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice smooth roasted malt flavor with a big shot of chocolate. Right from the start there is a lighter grapefruit hop flavor which gains in intensity as the taste advances to the end. Along with the increase in grapefruit, a pine hop also comes to the tongue. This is the dominant hop taste of the brew really taking over the hop profile. Along with these new hop flavors comes some flavors of a light coffee which meld rather well with the pine to leave a nice chocolaty but bitter and resinous flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to thicker side with a carbonation level that is average. The slightly thicker body is quite nice for all the roasted flavors all while the carbonation, at its moderate level, blends well the resinous hop with the roasted tastes not allowing either to really dominate.
Overall – A nice tasty black IPA with some good dark chocolate flavors and a decent resinous bite. Rather enjoyable overall.
maxwelldeux (3761) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on there. The nose on this one is more roasty dominant than hops, but you can get a little bit of some floral hoppiness in there. Taste is definitely bitter, but the taste is a nice mix of dry roasting and hoppy bitterness. Quite tasty.
ClutchMasterson (60) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured in to tulip glass. Aroma is earthy and very lightly floral notes within the first second and then a nice roasted coffee and oat smell come shining through. Appearance is... well dark as the beer advertises. I mean pitch black but with a nice creamy beige head which sticks and stays for some time leaving very painted on lacing. Taste is a very nice bold nutty flavor which turns in to a bitter back end and some sweetness coating the tongue. Reminds me of a porter. If you’re looking for a bold, creamy and satisfying beer here it is. Definitely an indoor beer where you want to sit down and relax. Would definitely drink again.
drsordr (1207) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft sampler pours opaque dark brown. Nose soapy hop, floral, roast, and then some more hop. Tatse roasty malt, coffee, then hop. Nice bitter early. More roasted than burnt flavors. Nice balance of flavors. I would describe more like a hoppy porter.
Caytinator (963) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap. Whoa this beer is suuuper hoppy, even for the style. Stinky aroma, very wet. Hard to believe this has any dark malts, it tastes almost exactly just like a "regular" IPA. Not my favorite....but different enough to be worth a taste. Whatup!
Tonkun (902) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at brewery as part of a flight. Dark pour. Almost pitch black. Chocolate, roasted nuts, dark roast coffee, citrus and pine. Med body and so well balanced but complex. Very nice
Patrickctenchi (3969) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours (very) black with a small tan head.
PIne and cholate aroma.
Flavour is grapefruit, chocolate/coffee malt...
This one has it all...resin, citrus, chocolate, coffee, caramel, cola.....
Sweet and bitter in equal parts....