Strykzone (5260) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Hayduke. Thanks Ron! This pours nearly black with some red and has a nice beige head that leaves some funky lacing. The aroma is full of bright hops that are citrus with lesser pine. Nice! After about three sips I am sold. This is perfectly balanced with those hops and the malts that should get an Academy Award for Best Supporting. There is some spiciness that resembles anise. That is usually a deterrent for me but here is is fantastic. This is creamy and smooth in the mouth and the flavors just pop. What a wonderful beer.
Westchesterco (1238) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
roasty, earthy, citrus, black, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
trapped (1059) - New York City, TURKEY - FEB 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drought. Reddish brown color, spongy big tan head, strong hoppy aroma with bitter taste, high carbonation, long finish.
zach8270 (3701) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Big hop and dry rye notes in the aroma with the mildest hint of chocolate. Flavor is loaded with citrus and pine laden hops that moves quickly to a very nice dry rye flavor. Dry and bitter flavor on the aftertaste. Wonderful rye flavor throughout.
brenn79 (1638) - Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, PDT 10/19/12- Pours almost black with red highlights and a huge three finger mocha colored creamy head and curtain lacework. The aroma is nice and hoppy, piney, citrusy. The taste is chocolate malts, moderately bitter hops, spicy from the rye. This is a unique black IPA, usually they just taste like a hopped up porter to me, but this is very complex, everything just blends wonderfully. Body is medium, carbonation is high. Overall this is a winner, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
ChiGuy68 (435) - Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on tap at The Map Room in Chicago. Dark brown color with a full initial head. Nice, but faint aroma. The rye was a bit too much for my taste.
nj_BierMaven (116) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Somerset Hills Tap Room. Intense hop aroma blew me away before even tasting it. And then the perfect balance of dark malts and spicy rye surpassed my prior favorite Black IPA. Sorry Stone, your Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale has been overcome, only not sure if I can find this Firesteone brew as easily. Malts not so deep as the Stone offering, but the Rye complexity is just amazing. A new favorite in Black IPAs.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at martin city bc. pours dark brown with a foamy light tan head. aroma of grapefruit rind, dark chocolate, leather and pine. on the tongue i detecteds, roasted coffee and rye bread. medium body with average carbonation and a crisp dry finish. pretty decent beer. given the choice i’d go with the double jack
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: draft at Fireworks. Pours black with a lasting tan head. The nose has a bit of roasted malt and green viney hops. The flavor is hop forward with notes of mint, spruce, minerals, charcoal, and heavily roasted malt. Medium to full body. Lasting finish. Solid.
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black color, aroma of pine hops, roasted malts, toffee, flavors of pine/citrus hops, spicy rye, chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, coffee, med body, decent bitterness, very enjoyable brew