shrubber85 (6515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Smoky chocolate caramel malt aroma. Black with moderate head. Sweet chocolate caramel malt and orange peel flavor. Decent.
ContemplateBeer (1353) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 24, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma: (4- below average) Chocolate, dusty cocoa, coffee- but no hops in the nose.
Appearance: (3- average) Black with slightly bubbly mocha head.
Flavor: (5- average) Nose; nice malt qualities, but just hardly any hop presence- maybe a little floral or earth? Maybe I’m just imagining that this isn’t a solid porter?
Palate: (3- average) Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, astringent finish.
Overall: Not a bad beer per se, but not a Black IPA in hardly any sense. Re- label this a porter and it would be Falls City’s best beer (IMO).
AndyW68 (713) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good. Pure black with light tan head.aroma is smokey and acrid. Taste is not overly bitter, but overly balanced to the bitter. Reminds me of a camp fire.
jhp40219 (207) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Mellow Mushroom in St. Matthews. Pours black with a light tan one finger head and plenty of lacing. Aroma of hops, roasted malts, and chocolate. Taste is a very nice balance of hops and roasted malts up front with chocolate, coffee and black liquorice. Very crisp and refreshing. Long finish with the chocolate really coming through in the aftertaste. Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Probably the best black IPA I have had since the Stone 15th Anniversary, which is one of my all time favorites. Top notch job by Falls City on this one! I really hope they start bottling this soon!
Tmoney99 (9641) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap sample at IBGWF 2013. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt and resin hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good beer.