theisti (3064) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared by beastiefan2k via JB. The pour is a lightly clouded brown ruby with a small off white head. The aroma is big pineapple citrus, some roast, though the nose is mostly about the hops. Pops with freshness. The taste reverses the nose, showing the roast first, than moves into the big citrus pineapple. The two flavors play together nicely, good integration. The palate is medium bodied, with soft carbonation. Bitter, dry finish. Nice take on a roasty IPA. Thanks for sharing this one Eugene.
Marheb (1636) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013 Une autre offrande mémorable de la part de Firestone. Je n’ai pas vraiment pu apprécier l’apport du seigle et l’explosion des saveurs est certainement une des raisons. Agrumes et malts rôtis sur la même longueur d’onde.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My Bottom Line :
This complex Black IPA is the stage for the blooming of citrus fruit and flowers within caramel, chocolate and roastiness.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A creamy veil of foam decorates the darkest brown.
-The bottle conditioning job is excellent.
-All flavors are levelled and ever-so-scrumptious.
-Vanilla notes are also there, as is bread.
drfabulous (3567) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to Michelle. Big hoppy aromatic nose. Bitter and intense. Creamy with chocolate. One of the better black IPAs, for sure.
Ron (2314) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tap and Mallet. Pours pitch black with thick foamy brown head that laces the glass well. aroma is amazing and out of this world for hoppy. Taste has hops up front but that dissipates quickly and gives way to the rye and medium bitter aftertaste. Good stuff!
heyprobrewing (31) - Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well done. Aroma is dark chocolate charcoaly rye and citrusy hops. Dark brown to black appearance. Taste is of dark malt and more citrus hops. Medium to full bodied in the palate. Finishes Very smooth with nice dry and sweet finish. Excellent.
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black. Tan head. Hops citrus and yeast on the nose. Roast malt and citrus. Light body with a clean bitter finish.
crossovert (6119) - Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Doesn’t taste like a typical black ipa. Which makes it outstanding for the style. No gawkey cocoa hits or hops that feel out of place. Just a good hoppy beer.
ansermadide (1430) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This delightful beer is dark, but not too dark, for a black IPA. Okay... never mind. It’s pretty darned black. It has a really interesting pinkish-white head. The aroma is just like an IPA, deceiving, with caramel malts dominating. As dark as this is, there is practically no roasted malt presence, no chocolate, no harshness in the nose. They got the black without subjecting you to roast! This is now, officially, my favorite black IPA. In the mouth, a woody, unique (but tame) roasted malt character controls your destiny. Alcohol and sweetness merge maturely. I’m not surprised that this is such a nice beer... a perfect job from Firestone Walker, as always
ryecatcher (615) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours a dark, almost opaque brown. Nose is outstanding -- dank like a catty basement, with a Christmas tree thrown in for effect. Light brown head with good retention. Palate is dry, slightly spicy, lots of piney hops and some passion fruit. Finishes pretty clean with a lingering easy bitterness. Goes down nice, albeit slightly warm from the ABV. Firestone-Walker hasn’t let me down yet,