cstuartj (973) - Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big huge beer. Pours like darkness, tight tan head, laces well. Amazing nose and the attacks delievery on the promise. Smooth, warm, love in a bottle.
mansquito (3386) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pacific Standard, NY tap ($6): Pours a black color with a beige head. Aroma is superb: grapefruit, pine, wood, burnt wood, roasted malts, and spice. Taste is equal to the aroma in every respect. The beer is hoppy, with a unique flavor profile, which meshes seemlessly with the roasted malt character. No sweetness, just adeptly controlled bitterness mixed with warm roast. Excellent and complex. ’Tis a sipping beer, but only because one would want to savor each sip.
DalzAle (1984) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Mista! Dark brown pour, small ring of carbonation and aroma of nice spicy rye and hops. Flavor is a little bit of dark chocolate, more rye and finished rich, medium body and a decent amount of hop bite. Really well done.
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/6/2012. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, pine, orange rind, toast, roasted malt, spicy rye, light char, chocolate, floral, and piney spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, dark chocolate, spicy rye, toast, orange rind, light char, floral, herbal, and piney spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus rind, pine, roasted malt, toast, dark chocolate, rye, light char, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity and balance of flavors; with a very nice roasted/hop flavor balance; nice bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors on the finish at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic black IPA. Great hop flavor profile with nice balance of roasted flavors; very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable stuff as expected.
Lukaduke (2184) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black color with a four finger mocha foam that stick and laces nicely. Aromas are dusty sawdust, pine, citrus and earthy chocolate spice. On the palate its much of the same. Nice fresh hop fruit mingles with dark woodsy pine and rustic chocolate. Great mouthfeel good balance with creamy full bodied and quenching bitter bubbles... nice.
Jow (2150) - New York, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Alewife. Pours dark brown with fluffy brown head and moderate lacing. Nose of malt and spruce. tastes of chocolate, coffee, earth, mint, pine, grapefruit, soy sauce, licorice, roasted malt. Medium bodied nice bitterness and creamy on palate. Very balanced and great black ipa
dipper1234 (2) - - OCT 30, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is first beer since hurricane Sandy. Very nice beer. Great taste and very smooth on the palate. Color is a dark chocolate brown. Good choice for a special occasion.
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Steasy66 (882) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with tiny white head. Piney hops, rye nose. Sweet with pine and onion flavor. I just don’t get the black IPA thing.
oRos (1110) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is dark brown almost black. Head is off white. Aroma is really hoppy pine and funk. Taste starts out hops big pine flavor. Finish is roasted malts.
edwardbass (514) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For me this was a "sipper" - a bit overwhelming in malt and rye flavor. I enjoyed it, but probably wouldn’t have it again. I enjoy "lighter" rye beers. I did enjoy the hops in it, though, but, to me, they were more piney than citrusy. Overall, a good beer if you’re a rye and IPA fan who doesn’t mind a slightly heavier malt aspect.