JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this beer on draft in Solvang. This brew is a dark brown pour but I was disappointed in it’s lack of hoppiness.
cuthbert (3) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried this on tap at the Santa Barbara brew pub, where it’s actually listed as a ’Black IPA’. Almost black in the glass, with a thin white head. This was an interesting one to work on. It did immediately feel, taste, and smell like a good IPA - very hoppy, grassy fragrance, not very citrusy. The aftertaste is more interesting: sure, there was the usual IPA bitter, but there was also the roasty stout taste and smell. The roasty taste was subtle, and it was less noticeable by the time I was two-thirds down the glass. As I mentioned, this was a fun one to work through, and pleasant enough, but I’m holding out for a better second drink.
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown pour with an off-white head. Fair amount of roasted malt, but decently hoppy. Citrus, pine, and floral hop aromas. Coffee, notes of chocolate, and a hint of smoke. There’s a decent citrus quality to the flavor. Earthy, floral, and piney notes, too. Lightly herbal, maybe. Decent bitterness, some coffee, roasted malt, smoke, and a touch of chocolate.
DocJitsu (693) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque, dark burnt sienna (to borrow a term from Crayola) with a thin root beer colored cap. The lack of head is attributable to the server’s care in filling the glass to the top. Very sticky lacing completely covers the inside of the glass for at least the first three to four pulls. It’s really a gorgeous beer. There’s a smoky peanut butter aroma with an underlying citrus hop presence. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but nicely wet and has balance with a mild carbonation scrub and hop burn. Pine flavor up front with some peat that yields to roasted malt. Notes of ripe, dark fruit. Finished bitter and nutty. Nice, complex, but surprisingly drinkable beer.
gnoff (7327) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, second session
Dark brown to black color, brown head. Sweet, hoppy, citrus scent. Citrus, bitter, hoppy taste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness.