QuezXLV (409) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is a typical hoppy bitterness. The color is extreme dark brown with white foamy suds. There is a bit of bite in the carbonation. Somewhat dry taste which a good mix of hops and smokiness.
blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Outstanding balance of malt and hops here. Sticky flowery and citric hops, sweet chocolate and lightly roasted malts. Black IPA? Hoppy porter? Who the hell cares, this is pretty delicious.
tom10101 (3778) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (22 oz). Traded by Reynolds314, thanks Matt! Black with medium beige head, good retention and beautiful heavy lacing. Aroma is interesting with grapefruits, roasted malt, piney notes, citrus and spices. Taste if of roasted malt, citrus (grapefruit), piney notes. Moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite interesting, the Rye may be in cause for this. Dry. Alcohol is well hidden. Probably the best Black IPA I’ve tasted so far. Great balance and extremely drinkable (dangerously) for a 8,3% abv. I would love to have access to this on a regular basis!
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a stout-like black; with some light, turns a dark amber in the glass.
Smell: Floral hops with a nicely subtle wiff of fresh-baked rye bread.
Mouth/Palate: Thin but not afraid to explore your palate. Let this one find its own way down your gullet.
Taste: Very comparable to Green Flash West Coast IPA -- bitterness from floral hops with a rye note at the end. Balance in favor of hops over malts, for sure, but not aggressively so.
bigirishphan (105) - Peoria Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a black ipa (rye), it kicked ass. I was surprised at the drink ability. I thought it was going to kill my palate but it was crisp and clean!
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wje89 (11) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This black ipa is delicious! The rye adds an even more Smokey flavor. Color isis solid black. Tan head. Warm on the stomach though. My favorite black ipa by far.
cugebeno (4) - - FEB 26, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite black IPA. Big hops, roasted flavor from the malts, and a healthy dose of rye. Smooth finish.
wheresyourball (531) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Leroys in Coronado. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is hops, citrus, peach, rye, chocolate. Taste follows. I’m not usually a fan of this type of beer, but this one was quite good. Does Firestone make a single bad beer??
Doofgoblin (421) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of citrus aroma, even some peach smell in there. Dark and thick with a tan head. Tastes of citrusy, stone fruit notes with a toasty roasted middle and a minor smoky/chocolate note. Lot of complexity here. Finishes smooth and slightly sweet. Wow that's good!
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haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany color with a small light tan head. Smoked caramel aroma with a solid sense of hops. Smooth taste. Caramel and hops mixed together. Solid balance. Light finish. Really good