Joealpizar (23) - - DEC 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great dark beer has a nice wood smell. A smoky taste and a dark rich poor. Big head 12-24-12
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of 5000 via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of heavy grapefruit and pine with hints of chocolate and rye. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights. It has a two finger khaki head with good retention. Eventually it fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There some nice webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate. There are light fruity citrus notes in the middle. The finish has moderate-heavy grapefruit and pine. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, one of the few Black IPAs that comes across like a Black IPA and not just a hoppy Porter.
HopTsing (448) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the bottle poured a dark brown brew with a thick brown head.Aromas of grapefruit and malt with a little stink foot thrown in. Full bodied with a balance of malt and hops that leans a little towards the hop end, with a grape fruity hop finish.
tia (1126) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown with big tan foamy head and decent lacing. Smells like pine and what I think of as rye. Tastes roasty and piney- slightly rubbery. Starts slick ends bitter and dry.
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks xscottypx! Black pour with a frothy tan head. Big citrusy hop aroma up front with underlying rye spice, roasted malts and cocoa. Complex and layered flavors with creamy cocoa and coffee on the tip of the tongue fading into a snappy rye spice mid palate, more roasted malts and a great piney bitter end. Medium bodied and good carbonation. Fantastic beer.
therausch09 (1) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours incredibly dark without a super rich head. Smells of smooth milk chocolate with the slightest hint of citrus. Sweet, dark malty flavors collide immediately with grapefruit rind and are quickly overpowered, letting the dry citrus cleanse the palate as the black pepper spice of the rye lingers, begging for another sip. Simply beautiful.
pjames317 (93) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours nearly pitch black with a fluffy tan head that retains well. Aroma of pine, floral hops, cocoa nibs. Taste is rye, west coast piney hops, oak, espresso, light booze. A dry, bitter finish. Perfect in every way. Must try for any IPA or stout drinkers.
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
OK, yeah, this was awesome. Growler from Whole Foods. Pours black, long lasting creamy head, darn pretty. Aroma is almost piercing grapefruit. Flavor is very, very lightly of chocolate, not at all bittering in nature, with an intense shot of grapefruit hops. Hoppy, but not overpowering bitterness. Really, really well done. Loving me some Firestone Walker these days.
MadIndian (2562) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice burnt roasted malt and big pine notes. Definite citrus and rye flavors, with a dry roasty pop. Nice body, good legs. What else could you ask for?
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
08.21.12 Bottle Date: Pours jet black with a medium size off-white head that is mostly lasting with nice lacing. Has a tropical fruit aroma with a toasty dark malt character and hints of pine. Rich, roasty flavor is citrusy with hints of pine and a spicy rye in the dry finish. Has a great creamy texture and is well balanced. Outstanding!