neongolden (415) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(341mL bottle shared by a friend, think it must be 4mo+ old) Pours a deep brown with russet highlights, clear, tiny white head, no lace. Aroma is roast malts, light coffee, slight ash, anise, faint pine hop aroma. Flavour has a balance of sweet toffee dark malts and moderate roast, light coffee, cocoa powder, a bit of black licorice and dark fruit, light pine and orange/grapefruit peel. Finishes pretty dry and roasty with a light hop bitterness. Light to medium body with soft carb. I know this bottle’s freshness wasn’t flattering it because the hops seemed quite faded, unfortunately. More like a light porter with a bit of hops. Not bad, but not nearly as good as the DDC black DIPA I had on draught a few days prior.
AgentAle (696) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is rich malts, some caramel, mocha,black licorice and guava. Taste is a dark rick maltiness with character similar to the aromas. Slight balanced hopiness. Finishes smoothly. The beige head retains fairly well.
manuelMTL (81) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black appearance with a brownish head and nice lacings. The nose is roasted coffee beans, malty, and hoppy in the background. Medium mouthfeel. The flavours are mainly roasted malts, chocolate, and some piney hops. Aftertaste is bitter hops. Excellent black IPA with lots of roasted flavours and aromas.
cagou007 (328) - FRANCE - MAY 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep dark with ruby reflects and medium tan head. Nice lacing. Hoppy nose. Aromas are roasted malts, coffee, caramel and huge resinous pine. Quite dry and bitter finish. Medium body, high carbonation. Powerful black IPA, but lack some sweetness and body.
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kaser (2737) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour at their brewpub in Montreal. Black with foamy tan head - unexpected. Super bitter and aggressive hops. Doesn’t seem like an IPA or black IPA to me. I keep questioning if this is the right beer I asked for. Has a stout / red beer flavor. Weird.
arminjewell (6217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 11.2 oz bottle, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, cocoa, roast, hints of coffee, slight anise in there, hints of orange peel is as well, pretty interesting. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, cocoa, orange peel, anise, dark fruit, slight roast and coffee, finishing fairly bitter, slightly dry.
Svesse (6162) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Black colour with frothy, beige head, leaving traces of lacing. Malty, roasted nose with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, pine needles, dark rye bread, liquorice and hints of grapefruit. Malty, roasted nose with black coffee, cacao, black rye bread, liquorice, grapefruit and a generous piney bitterness in the finish. Medium body, quite dry. Despite the piney bitterness, it’s not quite as aggressive as black IPA’s sometime are, but rather quite well rounded, relaxed and very well balanced. Tasty and very nice.
RickTheRick (382) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brune très foncée aux reflets acajou discrets, une jolie mousse beige laisse une belle dentelle dans le verre. Un bouquet torréfié et caramélisé prend le dessus, les houblons n’étant pas très présents. Ceux-ci se glissent dans un amas chocolaté et torréfié en laissant passer une amertume puissante qui dure très longuement en bouche ... peut-être même un peu trop à mon goût.
jeremyh70 (719) - Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a thick and creamy head that settles to a nice dollop and leaves good lacing. Aroma is light coffee, cocoa, some toastiness and some slightly dank and earthy hops. Taste has some mild coffee and light sweet toffee notes, followed by some cocoa and toastiness. The hops kick in mid taste with some herbal and bright piney bitterness that continues to build as you drink. Finishes with a growing bitterness that presents a bit of spiciness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable with a bright piney bitterness and decent dark malt flavors.
kramer (5005) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body under a small fizzy beige head that had decent retention. The nose is pretty well balanced between the Porter qualities and the IPA notes. Nice and chocolaty with some light roast and coffee under citrusy and piney hoppiness. Nice chocolate malt up front in the flavor fading to a moderately bitter resiny hop finish that really lingers well. Some light coffee notes towards the finish as well. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation and just a touch of a menthol like note late in the finish as well. Pretty decent BIPA.