beerguy00 (160) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a small tan head. Very nice aroma of rye and citrus. Flavor matches with the addition of a pleasant bitter-sweetness.
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle -
Would it be frowned upon if Firestone just automatically received a 4.0 for their beer across the board? Because I really have a hard time not loving everything they make. They’re like the West Coast version of New Glarus. A fantastic IPA (whether it’s black or not is no matter), with a phenomenal aroma. A big piney/citrus haymaker punch right to the olfactory sensory, and an uppercut sweet tropical fruits and cattyness. The more I smelled it, the more the cattyness comes out in this. The guys at FW must have dry-hopped the beejeezus outta this, because the flavor is quite subdued compared to the aroma. A nice balance of sweet malts, tropical fruits, floral hops and fresh bread. A big full body helps keep all these flavors from getting lost and in the end, you wind up with one great friggin’ beer. To have this and Sucaba back to back, made this weekend a great weekend.
tsadich (12) - Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
The color is a deep brown very little lacing when poured. Great citrus hop upfront as the initial taste, followed by a very good smokey rye taste that lingers. Very good cool fall day beer.
remice2 (123) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bus chez Simon H,trouvé à Chincoteague Virginia, début août, délicate mousse charmante ce collent sur le verre , arôme de café,noix,amande,malt grillé,léger aspect de lime , lové d’un pamplemousse subtile, au goût grosse amertume avec le coté café grain torréfiés, mais fruits tropicaux également , final sèche mais . velouté ,voir crémeuse. une note de pain,café expresso italien mais en même temps tellement bien balancé... final sèche, avec une mince chaleur très timide..mais si réconfortant ,trop bonne , sérieux , une black ipa c’est ça..
jksipa (408) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy dark brown pour with reddish highlights. Small tight beige head leaves a bit of lace. Citrus and resin are dominant in the nose with plenty of toffee, roast and some spice and vanilla in the background. A light sweet caramel background supports a big bitterness with chocolate, coffee, resin and citrus. A light bit of pepper spiciness from the rye complements the bitterness nicely. Barely a hint of the alcohol lurking underneath. Medium creamy mouth with good carbonation and a long dry bitter finish.Nice, nice, nice.
rumproasts (3204) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample from bottle at 2014 houston big brew fest. Deep brown with small head. Big malty base with hops to match. Light rye. Very good black IPA.
Bricks (628) - Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells strong, clean floral hops. Typical dark appearance. Smooth, good bitter.
77ships (4216) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml. bottle sampled @ Firestone Walker Tasting. Thank you! Ruby black, thick mocha. Smell is mocha, light hop, dark rye bread. Taste is bitter dark rye bread, roast, mocha, grainy, caramel, hop is only light here. Lightly fizzy, grainy. Good but could have used more hop presence but that might be just because this one is probably an older body.
ElManana (334) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with beige head. Aroma is roasted, chocolate, hops. Taste is fantastic. Roasted very well balanced with the hoppy character of an ipa. Hints of coffee, chocolate, malt.
liquidhedonism (128) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from John?s Marketplace in Portland, OR. Aroma is roasty and nutty, with hints of coffee and burned caramel. Mouthfeel and taste begins a bit sweet and creamy, and finishes bitter and slightly astringent. It was a little dry for my taste, but despite needing some more residual sugars, this is a pretty great beer!