beernbourbon (1366) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is nearly black with a medium brown head. Aroma is thick, sticky, resinous hop with faint hints of toasted malt, and a background sweetness. Maybe just a little spicy anise as well. this smells a lot like one of my favorite beer bars - I think it’s the combo of assertive hops and big rich malt. Probably similar to the melange of fine aromas circulating in the air at that establishment. Flavor is dominated by pine hop and lightly roasted malt. The pine hop is certainly the dominating flavor here. The malt becomes more prevalent as this warms with notable roasted malt in the finish. There are some crisp, spicy notes in the finish as well that I attribute to the rye. Also some orange peel in the finish. An interesting beer. Im still trying to figure out what I think about this style.
freeofthoughts (682) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 Tap pours thick black with fuzzy beige creamy foam. The smell is piney and resinous, some light cat pee and roasted grains. The taste is lightly sweet from abv, modestly roasted and rich on hops. There is a very strong floral array with a rich pine bark and light sappy sweetness to add to the bright flavors. Toasted almond, chocolate, earthy vegetative stalk with some green grassy flowers leave the aftertaste somewhat slick and remind me of some really well crafted coffee (that finishes with un-coffee like fruity bright flavors). Very creamy carbonation makes it near chugable and dangerous. Firestone Walker has created another awesome beer. Thanks guys.
thicksuds (448) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yah, this is legit. Awesome black IPA, abv well hidden, dark, complex flavor, hops are there, nice bitter flavor to end it, has a dryness to it, the rye adds an extra element not found in other black IPAs. Awesome beer.
JohnRMurdoch (3638) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 Keg & bottle from BrewDog Glasgow. Black with big beige head. Spicy resinous hop aroma & flavour. Very smooth with sweet fruity hoppy aftertaste. A great black IPA.
manuchampions (1241) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a solid black with an ample and foamy tan head. Aroma is sharply bitter with some rye and malt. citrus hops still manage to punch through though. Taste is intensely bitter with great floral,citrus and grapefruit notes evident. The malt is assertive though, some good slightly roasted, bonfire notes at play. very enjoyable and lingering finish. Solid.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a beige head. Light aroma. Some pine hops. Bitter roast and pine that blends the chocolate roasted flavors well with bitter resin. Tasty
Dorwart (2413) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Even though it is a black IPA I did not expect it to be this dark. Very intriging color of a very deep crimson black with a thin quickly fleeting head. Some rather strange aromas up front of stinky feet and cheese. After a minute of breathing it goes away to a nice hoppy aroma with some roasted grains, piney hops and some licorice. You would expect much more of a burnt flavor based on the color but it has just enough to play off the strong hops. Some grapefruit pith, smoked malts and bit of dry chalkyness from the rye and a strong lingering pine and citrus bitterness. I think that the rye actually intensifies the bitterness of the brew. Alcohol is hidden very well. This is a big, hoppy and very good brew.
sherm1016 (1220) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Antioch Fine Wine and Spirits. Pours a dark brown color with a big tan head. Aroma is a little roasty, hoppy, pine. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, just a little roasty, the rye comes through very nicely, with a pleasant, bready finish. Pretty tasty. I think the rye helps this beer out.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at BrewDog. Black pour, light tan cap. Liquorice, rye spice, deep chocolate malts. Juicy blackcurrant malts, liquorice, big juicy spicy hop finish, long roasty malt and pine bitter finish. Pretty good.
pras (518) - Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black color. Nose is full of hops, citrusy in character. Flavor is really hop forward and assertive. I can pick up some dark roasty flavors from the malt and rye. Hops are astringent. Beer finishes very dry. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Very nice beer.