BMan1113VR (7380) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a black body and a large tan head that stays and leaves great lace. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, roast and tangerine. Flavors of tangerine, dry and astringent roast, citrus and pine. Lingering roast bitterness/astringency that isn’t entirely pleasant. Lively bubbles and pretty dry.
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a creamy tan colored head.
S: Lots of roasted malt that provides a bit of a chocolate note to the nose. The hops are much more toward the strong piney and woody variety, which holds up nicely to the roast character.
T: Despite the intense pine nature of the hops, this is not overwhelmingly bitter. That said, it’s still quite bitter with lots of roast and chocolate malt flavor and a subtle sweetness. At times a bit of grapefruit hop flavor peaks through.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Not a bad Black IPA at all. I enjoyed this one thoroughly, especially after having the Port -bal Imperial Stout with Blueberries.
badlizard (5158) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark garnet brown with a creamy off white head. Malty aroma with a good citrus hops presence. Tastes of mild chocolate, roasted grain and citrus hops.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Toffee colored beer with a light tan head. Light fruity aroma with light toastiness. Red fruit flavor with grapefruit and light caramel. Medium bodied. Some bitterness. Red fruit and grapefruit lingers with caramel/toffee and light pine. Something seemed off.
bhensonb (8997) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours black with very little head. Hoppy resin aroma. Smooth burnt malt with a good dose of hops for flavor. Bitter finish.
Snojerk321 (2970) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ K & B. Pours a deep cola brown with a one finger thick beige head. Nice piny nose with some roasted malts in the background. Nothing amazing but tasty.
Ratman197 (7631) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Beer Revolution poured a hazy dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of earthines, pine, grapefruit and light roastiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, earthiness, grapefruit and light pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter roasty finish.
Nik925 (694) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought Drakes was suppose to get their distribution going better after the purchase, but I am the 4th rater of this far better than average beer. Good hop level and nice malt...all balanced and turned up to IPA level. A low competition style, but a solid contender.
Taverner (1044) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best Black IPA’s I’ve had. Nice cross bitterness between the hops and roast. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, but only a small note. Some nuts and hemp flavors in there.
joeneugs (2144) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pete’s in Danville. It pours dark brown with a giant tan head. The aroma is all piney hops with minor notes of citrus peel and caramel. The flavor is also big earthy, piney hops with a distinct smokiness to the very bitter finish. Pretty dry and chewy. Really nice.