ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a fluffy looking two finger mocha shade. I’m damn impressed by the retention and the lacing it leaves behind. Really damn impressed by the latter especially.
S: Ohmigawd, it smells like someone blended a DIPA and an imperial stout in the same bottle! Both roasted malts and chocolate exist alongside citrusy hops and a toffee-like sweetness. For the uninitiated, anyone who’s ever had Storm King will know what to expect here - that quality of roasted tobacco is hard to shake, and I like it.
T: Flavor wise, this first seems to err closer to the DIPA side (Yang) for me. The palate is awakened by leather, candy, and citrusy hops at first, with exhales that are pretty much pure candy-coated hops. It builds a touch of roasted malt and chocolate on the back end, and the more that’s sipped, the more this seems to layer itself well: a charred, smoky quality comes out as this sits in the glass. One of my friends likened this to a "black barleywine" and I can see where he was coming from. And even better, the alcohol is well hidden.
M: The feel isn’t the creamiest: definitely more like the DIPA portion than the stout one. Even still, it’s mostly a sweet-finishing beer with just a welcome twinge of dryness right on the back of the palate. There’s a slight prick on the tongue to suggest a hint of heat, picking up ever-so-slightly as it warms up even further. Still, for 11.1%, it drinks rather easily.
O: This isn’t the most harmonious blend I’ve ever had. But it may as well be the most harmonious pre-made blend I’ll likely have. As much as I enjoy this, I’d personally rather just buy Yin and Yang separately. Despite my mild reservations, this one is still quite good.
Lambister (372) - FINLAND - FEB 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Bier-Bier, Helsinki. Black color, tanned head. Nose has rich roasty malts, coffee, some fruity hoppy notes. Balanced full roasty body, coffee, licorice, hops at the end. Lenghty balanced finish.
Shanshirohop (44) - Zaragoza, SPAIN - FEB 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Toda una experiencia en un porcentaje 80/20 blend, tanto visualmente como en aroma y gusto. Eso sí, sólo aconsejable para cerveceros experimentados capares de digerir cervezas muy alcohólicas.
Desverger (5784) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - fuzzy dark brown to black coloured pour with a beige/tan head. Aroma and taste is a mix of roasted malts and tropical fruits, prominent hoppy, grapefruit, pine needles, some caramel, cocoa, roasted hoppy finish.
chimpgibbon (456) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at CBC Leather Lane. Big hoppy and roasty gangbang. Hides its booze exceptionally well. Dark fruity sweetness and bitter hop roast end.,
ZodiacM (511) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Van de tap @beertemple. Mooi zwart bier met cremekleurige schuimkraag. Aromas van gebrande mout en hop. Smaak is vooral gebrande mout en drop/salmiak. Voor mij een prachtige combi. Heerlijk bier
HuskerTan (1278) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A- Spruce, pine, cigar smoke, lactose, dusty.
A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, beige head.
T- Pine, bitter, cream, dry cocoa.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, balanced finish.
O- Started with Yang then had this and next I’ll have Yin. Maybe not the most logical order for the 3...or is it? Considering this is about 66% Yang and 33% Yin, the balance is still pretty even. It certainly is more IPA than stout but doesn’t scream one or the other. Hard to detect and obvious standout flavors.
ebone1988 (776) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, booze, light pine, light IPA qualities. Appearance is dark dark brown, light brown head. Taste is sweet, roasted malt, some bitter hops, maybe lactose, coffee, a lot more stout than IPA. Mouthfeel is medium body with light carbonation, a bit of hops in the aftertaste. Overall, as a Black IPA, this is disappointing. I’d say it’s more reminiscent of a hoppy porter. Still drinkable.
SimplySike (1289) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with tan head.
Aroma pine, citrus, grapefruit, chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malts, more Yang.
Taste chocolate caramel sweets, citrus grapefruit bitters.
Yayita (49) - - JAN 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Guiness meet my little friend the the double IPA.
This is a muddy alcoholic hop fest.
Very well balanced bitterness, like a guiness, with the same coffee notes, but super malty and alcoholic. Really like it!!
CpyNPrnT (555) - Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of citrus, roast, taste is bitter, roasty, warming from the alcohol which is definitely present.