Brentv (611) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a growler fill at Mainbrew. I’m not really an IPA guy, but I had to try this. Pours black with a big creamy tan head. Lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet and citrus. Flavors are sweet but the 60 IBUs bring a strong bitterness that hangs on into the long finish.
DougHnut70 (72) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Into a pint glass from a bomber from Costco at G’s bday party. Pours solid black with a small tan head. Very complex aroma with typical IPA (citrus, hops) mixed with roasted nuts, malt, chocolate, and a hint of rye. Tastes like it smells but very smooth and more like a stout than an IPA even though it still has the hops in the finish. Doesn’t have the strong rye taste of a Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye but this beer is great! If you ever think you want a Guinness, or a stout on a winter’s night...reach for this one instead.
Livendadream (191) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Btl. Pours opaque, pitch black with a dense, creamy head that lingers forever, leaving huge deposits of lacing on glass. Aromas of toasted malt,dates,prunes,molasses,hint of chocolate with citrus and piney hops. Taste is sweet roasted malt, chocolate , pine and citrus with a nice spicey(rye) twang at the finish leaving my tongue tingling. FULL bodied, smooth, creamy texture within outstanding carbonation and balanced hop bitterness. This beer is very complex, lots of flavors, that exponentially get bigger as the beer warms up. One would never know this was a big beer as the flavors hide the alcohol nicely.Definitely one of the best black IPA’s I have tasted. Thx to Jason’s wife for picking this up.
Taosmax (25) - - OCT 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at 2013 GABF Black body with a slight mocha colored head. Massive tropical aroma with chocolate and roast. Taste continues with a nice blend of chocolate and roast with the tropical notes. Becomes more bitter toward the back end. Medium body with medium carbonation.
brigg (593) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Black body with a dense and creamy, medium, tan head. Sweet malt aroma; herbal and light citrus-hop aroma. Medium-full oily body.Flavor of molasses, alcohol, pine and citrus hops, dry finish.
Dfonorow (1992) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pour is black with a slight red tinge, tan head. Aroma is very floral with a bit of malt and bread. Flavor is mostly citrus hops with notes of toast, rye, coffee, and cocoa.
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma is chocolate malt, rye, citrus hops, and caramel. Appearance is very dark drown with a light tan head. Good lacing. Taste is toasty malt, spicy rye, chocolate, and citrus hops. Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Overall complex and enjoyable.
sitzds (318) - - OCT 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2013 Bomber poured into tulip. Opaque brown/black with a tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves sticky coating down the height of the glass. Bubbles race up the glass. Citrus hops, roasted malt, some floral aromas. Taste was lightly sweet with a mild bitter finish. Flavors follow the nose with the rye coming through with some other spicy notes. Active carbonation, medium body, long finish.
beer-yum (1212) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2014 Enjoyably different flavour profile that effectively deals with the ’same old same old’. A deserved benchmark/trendsetter of the style (Rye BIPA).
reberiii (484) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour from draft to tulip glass. One finger of light tan foam. Moderate lacing. Fresh Piney hop aroma, and the scent of background rye. The beer is very rye forward, and strong hop bitter finish.