scottw86 (1157) - Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very dark brown almost black with a large off-white head. Great aroma, lots of hops with spruce and pine. Some rye and caramel in the aroma too. Taste is hoppy but surprisingly sweet. There is a very smooth creamy malty backbone that balances everything out nicely. Lots of rye flavors with a touch of chocolate. Finish is crisp with spruce and resin. Aftertaste of rye and cereal. Great!
CraftBeerNick (1766) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Shoreditch Brewdog, 7th November 2012. Black, nice aroma, richand complex. taste is full and fruity, nice malts come through, a good beer
mattp215215 (1) - - NOV 7, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bomber, pours about a 3 inch head of very light caramel, dark black color...sticks around for awhile, definite pine smell,very balanced flavor, sweetness and mild bitterness, nice toasted breadlike rye flavor, just a bit of alcohol aftertaste, overall....damn tasty
ryanfolty (2346) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
November 5, 2012 on tap at bridge. Dark brown pour with some head that faded quickly and lacing. Aroma was roasted malt and spice with maybe some citrus hops. Taste was roasty with spice from the rye and a mild citrus bitter finish. I am not a huge fan of the style but this was solid as the hops was nicely balanced.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(tap - Hackneyís) black with tan head. Aroma of roast malt, some hops. Flavor was roast malt, some pine hops, didnít really notice the rye.
daleharshman (1029) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased at BevMo in Escondido ($4.99). Pours quite black with two fingers of tan-brown foam leaving good lacing. Aroma of fragrant pine needles, grapefruit, bakers chocolate, and dark toffee. Flavor of toasty-roasty malts, fresh grapefruit and tangerine, dark bitter chocolate, and some spicy rye. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, with well-concealed alcohol. Very good stuff...overall the hops and the dark malts blend together here better than any other Black IPA that Iíve had to date. (398, 746)
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from bomber thanks to joshmcg000. Pours a nearly black dark brown with a 3 finger tan head that has great retention and leaves very nice lacing. Aroma of citrus, light pine and tropical fruit, earthy, husky rye, cereal mash, hints of chocolate and fruity yeast. Sweet chocolate earthy rye and caramel up front, nice pine and bitter citrus notes, grainy rye, and some sweet fruity notes towards the finish. Medium body with a light to moderate carbonation and off dry finish with a slightly astringent fade. Really good stuff, nicely complex.
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with nice creamy tan head. Aroma is citrus hops. Very smooth creamy texture. Coffee and dark chocolate, spicy rye, piney hops giving it quite a bit of bitterness on the back end. Pretty good.
umich03jm (3374) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 Bomber from trade with michaelinwa. Really glad to try this. Pours a near pitch black color with a nice, frothy, beige head that lingers a bit. Big webbing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by rye bread spice and lightly roasted malt. Mandarin orange citrus and floral hops come through too. The citrus comes through a lot more in the taste, a little more than I like. Flavor has a big orange and lemon flavor than knocks it out of balance a bit for me. Love the rye and roasted malt flavor though. Finish is pretty smooth and creamy too. This is a really well made black IPA thatís just a tab too citrusy for me. Still really enjoyable. 1/30/13 Re-rate - Had this again and liked it much better. Three month in the cellar really tamed the citrus and made the beer a little boozy. Now itís just awesome. Smooth, creamy, boozy, but the hops are still very present. Like a hoppy Imperial Stout.
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 donít think it lives up to the hype it receives. I think I would like it much more if it was a fresher bottle.