Niko100 (1674) - Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, pine hops, some rye, & citrus; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, some dark chocolate, pine hops, rye, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is dry and bitter; Nicely balanced & complex; Very enjoyable.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Binnyís Plainfield. Pour near black with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, citrus, earthy hops. Flavors of rye, roasted malts, citrus, and earthy hops. Nice mouthfeel and bitterness. Nice malt backbone for a black IPA. Solid.
stebernardi (8) - - AUG 29, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My first dark IPA, as expected a good
Mix between a porter and an IPA.
Aroma is superlative, taste is bitterish.
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Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Binnyís Plainfield. Pours a very deep brown, mostly black colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is solid with a blast of grapefruit and pineapple citruses up front with some nice pines and florals. Slight sweetness to the pineapples that comes out more as this warms. Solid chocolate malt backing with a bunch of roasts and a light caramel. A bit of a bready rye spice alongside the hops and roasts too. Flavor is roasty up front before the citrus florals and pines come out. Light rye spice and grassy note in the middle before a good amount of chocolate comes in. Ends with an increased roastiness and spicy pine as this finishes dry and bitter before leaving a lengthy aftertaste with a slight warming note. Medium, smooth body and a softer, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice Black IPA. Pretty roasty and dry, but plenty of citrusy hops and chocolate to keep things fairly even. Great beer.
tcane7 (1345) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with fluffy tan head and lacing. Nose of tropical fruit, melon, roasted malts, and rye. Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, pineapple, papaya. Good bitterness and creamy mouthfeel.
Goodgrief (1733) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow, this was awesome...best black IPA ever. Dark brown with nice fluffy head which leaves rings down the glass. Just rich and creamy chocolatey flavor, tons of spicy grainy rye and some citrus. Just a great burn at the end. Incredibly tasty and I donít even typically like Black IPAís.
thornecb (3974) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mahogany tinged black into a Sam glass. Pancake head with excellent retention recedes leaving sheet lacing. Dark chocolate, espresso and rye aromas. Smooth with pumpernickel upfront turning to dark chocolate before the lasting roasted espresso finish.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
S: Grapefruit, pine, spruce - caramel and slight sweetness. Overall dry and hoppy, sweetness accompanies warmth
A: Black with cream colored foamy head that leaves a great lacing
T: Very dry and bitter - the spruce and pine come though with a highly acidic citrus character. Surprisingly little sweetness, alcohol detected.
P: Great mouthfeel after it warms - creamy with fizzy carbonation
O: This is a beer for me - dry and bitter, other characteristics intensify with warmth. Overall not as good as Double Jack, but a great beer.
wchesser (891) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hmmm....something about this doesnít work great for me. Need to try it again. Had it after a Super IPA. Lots of very dark roast, rye spice, and bitter hops. Need to lead with this one on a fresh palate. As it was, didnít love it.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1900th rating....Bottle/tap at the VCL. Pours out a dark brown color with a moderate off white head. Aroma is complex, some noticeable spicy, grainy rye notes, Light roast, chocolate, and some citrusy, light pine hops. Taste is very complex, roast, light chocolate, nice rye notes that blend with the solid punch of citrusy, light pine hop punch to make this one hell of a complex, but drinkable beer. Top notch to Firestone Walker!