bhensonb (13980) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours very dark brown with orange glints and a dark tan head. Aroma suggests cat pee! Med + body. Flavor is dark malt and a lot of citrus. Mild burn. Could be hops or heat or a combo. Finishes very tasty. Just excellent.
slowrunner77 (9937) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This inky brew had some heft to it, bit none of us beleived it was really 11.5%! Covers the abv well. Thick, juicy hops in the nose...grapefruit, orange peel, pine, chocolate, molasses, coffee...alot going on in the nose and mouth. Bitter leaning but well balanced and deeeeelicious. I’d definitely buy in bottles."
marcus (9011) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Ratebeer Gallery event. Pours black with a modest tan head and a celery and toffee aroma. There is a smooth dark malt flavor with massive hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.
bb (8452) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Black beer with a dark cream head. Big grapefruit and summer fruit aroma. Grapefruit and summer fruit flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and summer fruit lingers with light cocoa and malt.
bytemesis (6582) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark nearly opaque black with a very large brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, pine resin, just a touch of roastiness. Flavor is the same, very IPA-like with the black part taking a backseat. Light sweet, medium bitter. Medium body, oily mouthfeel. Tasty.
joeneugs (5642) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one late in the evening at the ratebeer gallery event. Not a lot written in the notes, but I remember it being a very strong, piney IPA with the black malts taking a back seat. Tons of pine. I give them credit for making a palatable black IPA at 11.4%. Very fresh and potent. Good job again Drakes!
baraciisch (2823) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black in color with tannish head... Aroma of roasted malts, piney hops... Flavor is roasted malts, intense citrus hops and sweetness, lingering bitterness... Burnt malts throughout... Amazingly good
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Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewery..Pour is dark back with a tan head..Nose is sweet juicy hops, pine, sweetness, tropical fruits, roasted malts..Taste is tropical fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, piney hops, alcohol is very well hidden..This is a very nice beer.
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the RateBeer Gallery event in SF. Pours dark brown with an ecru head. Dark chocolate, roasted notes, along with grapefruit and other citrus, peppery alcohol finish.
Bule (1807) - California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark black color without much head. Wow, on one hand this beer has intense flavor but on the other it is just so smooth. My favorite black IPA.