brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Pours pretty much black with a finger and a half of a light mocha head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves a nice blanket of thick lacing. Smells of grapefruit, maybe some orange, some rye, perhaps some carmel, a tiny bit of roasted qualities. Has some resinous qualities, but expected more on the nose. Taste starts with the resinous hops: some grapefruit, some mango, pine. Nice carbonation and feels crisp on the tongue. Then in the middle you get a nice creamy texture that washes out the resinous qualities of the hops and makes for a much smoother, yet spicier beer from the rye. On the finish, the beer transforms into more hops, including some pine and more floral and fruity qualities. In addition, there emerges a nice addition of roasted and rye malts; almost a coffee-like finish along with the hop qualities. Very interesting how the beer shifts halfway through the flavor profile and then comes back with more intense flavors on the back end. Medium body with a slick and creamy texture. Gets more complex as it warms. I think this is a really good beer, but I don’t think it lives up to the hype it receives. I think I would like it much more if it was a fresher bottle.
uncben87 (65) - Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft @ crown and anchor. Pours a deep brown almost black with little head. Not much in the way of aroma but it makes up for it in taste. Smooth, hoppy with roasted caramel malts. Very well balanced. Nice IPA.
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cstuartj (976) - 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 (3392) - 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 (2185) - 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 (2157) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Steasy66 (883) - 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.