kdm1984 (663) - Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 AUGH! That aroma! Sharpest perfumey pine tree smell ever encountered. WAY too strong for me, even if there is some other interesting stuff going on that’s buried beneath all the pine. Appearance is lovely, though - dark with ruby and purple highlights and a terrific head with even better lacing. Flavor - pine! Just too much pine. I do notice some of the spicy rye as well, and it has a good mouthfeel, but the pine still overwhelms too much. This one was hyped big, but I am disappointed. I do not mind IPAs that have pine as a CHARACTERISTIC, but when it OVERWHELMS, the brewer has lost me as a fan of the beer. Drainpoured this one. Big downrate here.
JStax (2980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle thanks to BMartin. Thanks! The aroma has heavy resinous qualities, some floral citrus comes through, but there’s also an herbal quality to it. The aroma reminds me a lot of a simcoe hop tea. The spiciness of the rye comes through more aggressively in the taste. The bitterness is mellow, but the flavors of the hops used are still coming through, just not in the way of bittering. The beer moves to a sweetness in the finish that reminds me of mexican chocolate.
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful beer! Perfect dark black pour with a nice thick head. Huge amounts of lacing on my glass. Nice toasted malt aroma with the piney/spruce smell of hops. Really nice blend of roasted malt to go along with the bitterness from the hops. Firestone Walker is making some great beers.
Theis (13404) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear dark black - white head. Fruity, nice burned malts, ok bitterness, spicy rye notes, ok hoppy, citrus, red berries, light body, licorice. Nice.
bigguns22 (678) - Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The perfict look for a beer beer black to very dark brown with a amazing tight bubble tan head that lingering on the glass. Aroma is also very nice a little light but pleasant. Very enjoyable flavor that is hoppy a touch bitter and also full of malts. Not overly sweet like many others a a touch tart.
chicowv (455) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle: Pours dark black with a nice tan head and lots of CO2. Slick on the glass. Aroma of spruce and citrus hops with a nice roasted malt. Taste is complex, spicy, bitter on the finish. Nice hop profile with a good malt balance. Truly a great beer all the way around. Smooth on the palate, slightly bitter on the finish, but it should be for a big IPA.
joergen (20759) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Papsø.
Clear red-brown coloured with a medium sized off-white head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate, hops, grass and pine needles.
Fruity flavour of hops, grass and grapefruits with roasted notes.
onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Actually enjoyed this. Was recommended a friend. Bomber..tasted like a smoky IPA. Would buy again but wasn’t incredible.
TheHOFF43 (1751) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black, pour with aroma of nice rye and hops. Flavor is dark chocolate, more rye and finished rich and a decent amount of hops. One of the best black IPAs I have had.
Indra (2618) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz., bottling date 9/21/12. Roasty, hoppy aroma, full of dark malts and earthy, piney, lightly citric hops, featuring some spiciness from the rye, black bread, and a faint, dark fruit and chocolate character in the background, overall quite nice, really. Quite black in color indeed, only showing some dark brown highlights when held directly to the light, otherwise as inky as night, with a very fine, uneven head, some abstract wisps of lacing here and there and is unfiltered as advertised, but I saw only a slight amount of sediment, which I therefore went ahead and poured. Flavor is a very nicely balanced combination of dark, very gently roasty, sweet, toffeeish malts, grainy, spicy, rye, some light cocoa and tobacco showing through before an influx of citric, piney, earthy, resinous hop flavors and bitterness. Finishes with a blend of cocoa, prune, faint licorice and even a touch of coffee. Active but very fine effervescence on the palate, lightly oily and ultimately dry, body is full. Super tasty. This is a great example of the style.