csaso (1460) - Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap - fair size tan head, pitch black color, very nice grapefruit hop aroma and flavor with a little roasted malt flavor at the end
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patricks110 (1758) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
holy crap Firestone Walker nailed it with Woo key! Big viscous black as night coffee pour with a massive latte foam head and a ton of sticky lacing all over the place. The aroma is gigantic with a super intense roasted base and notes of smoke, earthy spice and a big NW hop firm with pine resin. Just a huge aroma. Fuill bodied and almost syrupy with definite sweetness and a major roasted malt. Smokey and a bit of an ashy earthen note towards the finish lend to big bitterness. Juicy hop resins with big citrus and floral notes. Overall not well balanced but a super tasty brew.
Emeister84 (1128) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: Grapefruit, charred bacon. Appearance: black with tan head. Taste: bitter, smoky, roasty finish. Palate: full body, smooth, light carbonation, long lingering finish.
travita (4150) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The look is dark, black color, and a good beige head. The smell is pine, citrus, hops, malt, charcoal, and nice. The taste is smooth, slight roast, pine, citrus, hops, and good. Bitterness at the back and more chocolate at the end.
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a thick beige malt. Aroma is of grapefruit, light grass, spicy, floral. Taste is grapefruit, grass, oranges, with a chocolate and roasty finish.
mabel (6559) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[5038-20121230] 1pt6floz bottle. Toasted hops aroma is richly citrus. Clear, dark reddish black body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head. Roasted citrus grains and super bitter hops flavour. Full body. Delicious, very easy to drink. (9/4/9/4/17) 4.3
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012-12-30. Very dark brown-black body, modest frothy beige head And lace. 4+ Nice hoppy aroma, green leafy hops with overtones of cannabis "skunk". Mild dark malt. 7++ Flavour is similar with green leafy hop character over rich sweet malt base. Very mild roast malt touches. Moderate bitterness throughout, green hops linger In the finish. 7+ Very Smooth medium bodied palate is suitably carbonated. 3+ Exceptionally balanced and very drinkable. Lacks depth at times but is lovely overall, perhaps the hops have aged a bit? Bottle a couple of months old from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
iworkatinitech (24) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A truly amazing example of a Black IPA, with Rye thrown in! The aroma is roasty and hoppy all at once! The roast on the grains in here are perfect without any of the acrid taste that can sometimes seep through. As expected the Firestone Brewery knocks the hops out of the park on this one!
scooter520 (185) - - DEC 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 11/8/12. Appearance: very dark brown pour with huge, frothy, lingering tan head. Aroma: huge citrus and piney hops and roasted malts,, spicy rye, slight chocolate and eucalyptus. Taste: nice floral hops on the front going into roasted malts, mild chocolate and coffee and that spicy rye in the end with that eucalyptus almost wintergreen aftertaste. Mouthfeel: slick thin to medium with medium carbonation. Overall: this is such an amazing beer. Like a wonderful mix between two of my favorite styles (west coast IPA & stout) with that extra dimension the rye brings. Favorite Black IPA by far to date.
budznsudz (571) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a well retaining head of brownish beige. The aroma is spicy rye, piney hops, and roasted malt. The taste is full of pinecone, toasty grains, and a nice rye sharpness. The carbonation allows it all to dance lively on the palatte. Good combination of flavors.