Boutip (4024) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of spicy rye malt notes with some dry hoppy notes with light resinous notes. Taste is also dominated by spicy rye notes with some resinous dry hoppy notes with light dry bitter notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really nice mix between some spicy rye malt with solid hops punch.
EtTuCthulhu (461) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color of this beer is a very dark mahogany with a large off-white head on top of the liquid, which fades slowly and creates a nice lacing on the edges of the glass; also, the aroma hits your nose full of hops, specifically resin and floral ones, and malt, specifically toasted ones. The taste is very well balanced with a mild bitterness, slight umami, and a touch of sweetness, which is only complemented by the palateís sticky texture, medium body, active carbonation, and long bitter finish. Overall, everything fits together very nicely in this beer without one thing taking control and ruining the brew.
Steverus0 (81) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bold, black and beautiful. This Black rye has wonderful balance between these three elements.
Wonderful citrus and pine hop notes blend gracefully with a bold enough rye presence to share the forum.
Low effervescence is ok and keeps the head from dissipating too quickly.
All in all - superb
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
EricTeusink (197) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
While I believe I have rated several other beers from this brewery, this was the first Firestone Walker beer I ever tried. I typically dislike Black IPA. This beer managed to avoid seeming like you mixed together porter and IPA in equal parts. Pours the color of dark roast coffee with a tan head. Only complaint would be that I found it slightly under-carbonated. This beer really impressed me with how well the sweet malts and bitter hops blend together. Bottle - Trade from RABinVA
DiarmaidBHK (2392) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Fire works Leesburg. Pours black with a half inch of khaki foam. Has a little bit of lacing. Big piney, leafy notes on the nose. The rye nicely balances with the grapefruit on the tongue. Finishes with a nice amount of bitterness. Solid!
HogTownHarry (5705) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 22oz bottle shared with blankboy, jercraigs and mabel. Almost opaque ruby-black with a large lasting pillowy tan creamy head. Yep - smells the part - herbal resin bitterness, mid-level roast, not much alcohol - very nice. Taste - yep, follows, a little tomato, more alcohol, very sharp, not overly roasty - damn fine! Average body, astringent, nice carbonation, a real "rye" tang to the medium-long finish, balanced, not over the top or too roasty - a very very good beer that I hope to have again.
deyholla (4856) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a chalky black with a creamy brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a nice roasted malt and pine combination with a grass and hint of chocolate. Flavor is similar with a nice roasted malt and chocolate with a nice dry pine finish.
bwa5879 (317) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown/black pour with a few inches of beige foamy head. Mellow hop smell, juicy orange and lemon citrus, tropical and subtle melon aroma too. Very nice and juicy overall. Earthy, bitter, slightly roasty malts and floral and pine hops, with some melon and sweet honey flavor too. Rye and hints of chocolate taste come through on the finish. Pretty nice blend, more bitter than average but very good. Average carbonation, thick frothy mouthfeel and clean finish. Great black IPA thatís well blended and easy to drink, especially for the alcohol content.
Pyrmir (1453) - Westra Aros, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @CBC13. Clear brown with small beige head. Aroma has caramel, chocolate, lots of pine hops and resin. Flavour with roasted malts, chocolate and resin. Well balanced and pleasant to drink
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours black with a fluffy but sturdy beige head. The nose is full of Citrus and Amarillo with hints of rye malt beneath. The Taste starts with big citrus and pine. Thick "chewie" caramel and toffee malts are next. Spicy rye punches the tongue and rounds out the hops. Hints of pumpernickel, cocoa and Wookey pelt round out the end. Finishes slightly dry and peppery.
This beer is very well balanced. Masterfully made. A limited edition treat you absolutely must try. Itís a great time to be a rye beer lover!