obguthr (3836) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Licorice, pine needle, soil, and grapefuit nose. Black, thick tan sticky head. Charred oak, licorice and pine needle flavor. Charred malt bitterness and pine needle lingers too long on the palate. Somewhat resinous, but full of both malt and hop flavor.
biggirlpanties (181) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
500mL split with GT2. Looking forward to this one. Disappointed immensely, doesn’t even taste like a beer or coherent beverage. Just harsh, papery bitterness over the top mixed with stale, specialty grain driven brown IPA. Undrinkable and not worth the calories. So much acrid flavor.
GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
500mL Black IPA edition. I guess you can’t know for sure what bottle you have a priori. Pours a deep black with a massive coffee head. Huge lacing. Nose at first is heavy detergent/volatiles, plastic, olive brine. Doesn’t clear up for quite awhile- 10+ minutes. Taste is extremely papery, astringent, soapy, more plastic. Holy monkey this is not good. Palate destroying paper, oversteeped grain tannins, ultra astringent. Too bad...$13 drain pour. Fiance rating: 2.0
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a big frothy dark brown head. Left tons of lace. Aroma was big time roasted malt and sticky piney hops. Slight hints of vanilla sweetness and spent coffee grounds. Flavors were big time bitter coffee with notes of citrus and dark malt. Bitter finish. Carbonation light, medium body. Not bad but I’ve had others in the style I prefer. I bought this thinking it was a normal IPA. Wrong chamber.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark black with a finger of khaki-tan head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, citrus, pine, and earthy hops, bit of black licorice and vanilla.
T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and earthy hops, some bitterness, some black licorice, molasses, and a touch of vanilla.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and roasted finish.
D - Nice black IPA. Good overall hop and malt profile.
drfabulous (3998) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Big pour with creamy head. Roasty. Bitter throughout. Slight smoke/ash. Pretty rich.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(500ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan/grey head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, grass, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, ash, pine, citrus, and grass with a dry, bitter finish.
alexsdad06 (5418) - Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium plus beige head. The aroma is roasted malts, earthy, citrus, resiny hops with some dark chocolate. The flavor has a nice roasted malt base, some char, earthy bitterness that lasts through the finish. This is pretty much what I would expect in a black ipa. This could use a touch more flavoring hops to go with the bitterness. I enjoyed the concept of not knowing.
Travlr (11871) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown color, brown head. Aroma of pine needles dipped in dark bitter chocolate. Taste is bitter and roasted pine and burnt espresso. Very nice.
Cybercat (3331) - Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma is quite hoppy and woody, and has a hint of sour orange. Pours a stout-like sable with a thick and persistent tan head. Satisfying flavor has roast malt, hoppy and woody notes with hints of cloves and sour citrus. Smooth, lively texture has good body and fizz, and leaves a hoppy, smoky finish. No risk here of a bad beer here!