Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle
Thanks to tastybeer for sharing this. A well balanced black IPA, it has all the aspects of a top notch West Coast beer. I haven’t tried many Firestone Walker releases but I do not see turning them down if offered. So far all have been solid.
Aroma / Appearance - Carbonated and murky, the black base is decorated by a sheen of cocoa head. Malty notes carry coffee grounds and deep hops. The vegetatal aspect is distracting unfortunately.
Flavor / Palate - Hopped up black coffee sparks the palate into action. A resiny feel rests on the back of the throat. Well rounded this does not have any big surprises. However neither does it disappoint. This is recommended if you pick up a fresh bottle.
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a beige head. Tastes of grapefruit and pine with a chocolate roasted malt flavor. Very tasty.
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mar (5064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black poor, khaki head. Nose is rye, fresh tropical fruit, hops, citrus, papaya, excellent. Very smooth on the palate, fresh hops, rye, chewy, very smooth finish.
charule (1813) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2014 Bottled. Pours black. Creamy tan head. Slightly hop flavor real smooth easy to drink. Lovely balanced.
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark and black, but thins out to a clear kola, with a finger or two of somewhat lacy white-corn foam. Smell is of sweet grains, and earthy grapefruit. Taste starts and ends with grapefruit bitterness, with notes of pumpernickel bread, and slight sweet undertones also present. Finish is very hoppy, with lingering alpha-acids. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly sticky. Medium to high carbonation.
Ed5388 (2690) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bomber shared with JohnGonk. Pours pure black with 2 fingers of off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, peppery rye, and notes of toffee sweetness. Taste is lots of pine and grapefruit hop character, chocolate, caramel, and ends with a nice peppery rye spiciness.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to phillybeer! Pours black but really just a deep red that lets you see through it just a little. Nose is intense, tropical fruits, dank hops, pines, resins, citrus, chocolates, roasted malt complexities, and toasted breads. Flavor is similar. Sweet malt flavors but finishes dry and just a touch tart. Bitterness is medium to medium low but seems good for the dryness. Moderate carbonation. This is quite the lovely treat.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from dbsdelight- thanks a bunch, Dan! Pours an opaque dark brown, basically black in the glass, with a large foamy tan head that settles unevenly and leaves some lace streaks and spots. Aroma of rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, citrusy and earthy hops, and burnt toast. Flavor of citrus up front, with bitter dark chocolate, earth, and long roast on the finish. Light-medium bodied, with a roasty, bitter mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very good BIPA. Hits all the right notes.
Mora2000 (6100) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Common Table. Dark brown to black color with a tan head. This beer is fairly complex. In the flavor and aroma I first get some roasted malt and rye, but that is complimented by some nice orange and pine notes from the hops. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.
jedimickey (3) - - MAR 20, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great well rounded, viscosity of a stout with the hoppyness of a ipa
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