nj_BierMaven (116) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Somerset Hills Tap Room. Intense hop aroma blew me away before even tasting it. And then the perfect balance of dark malts and spicy rye surpassed my prior favorite Black IPA. Sorry Stone, your Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale has been overcome, only not sure if I can find this Firesteone brew as easily. Malts not so deep as the Stone offering, but the Rye complexity is just amazing. A new favorite in Black IPAs.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at martin city bc. pours dark brown with a foamy light tan head. aroma of grapefruit rind, dark chocolate, leather and pine. on the tongue i detecteds, roasted coffee and rye bread. medium body with average carbonation and a crisp dry finish. pretty decent beer. given the choice i’d go with the double jack
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: draft at Fireworks. Pours black with a lasting tan head. The nose has a bit of roasted malt and green viney hops. The flavor is hop forward with notes of mint, spruce, minerals, charcoal, and heavily roasted malt. Medium to full body. Lasting finish. Solid.
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black color, aroma of pine hops, roasted malts, toffee, flavors of pine/citrus hops, spicy rye, chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, coffee, med body, decent bitterness, very enjoyable brew
RogertheKid (90) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
In my top 10 Black IPAs. Nice color, smell, and taste. Complex, malty and then the right hoppy feel. Will be having it again... another for my US beer buying list :-)
calbeers (10) - - JAN 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bomber into pint glass. Nice toasty dark IPA with big head. Sweet grape fruity piney aroma. Close your eyes and this could be just a regular yummy IPA. After a few sips you do notice the roasted malt backbone. Nice balance of hop and malt. I will be having this again soon.
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chawkfan (27) - USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent Rye IPA. Very floral aroma and then a nice hoppy finish with Rye tones.
radagast83 (5703) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark pour, light brown head. Aroma is some hops, citrus, nice malt notes. Flavor is smooth, some pine, citrus, hops, pretty enjoyable. Some notes of spice rye notes. Alcohol is pretty well masked here. Pretty enjoyable.
rgfellow (100) - - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Bomber at home. Pours black with two finger off-white head. Aroma is dry, bready. Taste is bitter, spicy, with crisp,dry finish. Too much age here - looking forward to trying it fresher.
M82 (401) - Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One week old bottle back in fall ’12 into a Spiegelau Pilsner (?!, more like a slimmed Duvel tulip). Excellent ABA. Dark malts meet citrusy hops to form something special. What makes this unique is the creamy toffee malt layer which blends the dark characteristics and citrus nuances into an exponentially layered experience. Firestone smooth. Makes my brain tingle.