michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at TND: Aroma of hops pine, malt light molasses, light roasting, citrus, resin, and rye. Poured very dark brown/cherry wood in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet, and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, rye, hops, pine, resin, molasses, and a hint of wood. Medium body. Lightly sweet, medium bitter, malt, rye, molasses, pine, resin finish. 8.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Chocolate Brown with glints of amber (like a porter.) The aroma is stinging my nostrils from a foot away already, whew! 2-inch cappuccino head. Aroma is massive fresh hoppy pine and sweet citrus, half orange, half grapefruit, and a touch of floral notes. Halfway between Ruination and 2-hearted. Flavor is ... damn! Orange, Grapefruit, some pine, floral nectar up front, a touch of caramel and licorice, moving into a distinct and lovely espresso, with a medium-light bitterness. Yeah, thatís what Iím talking about!!! Itís so smooth and lovely. Iím going to go back out to my store and shell out the 30$ necessary to get the parabola and secuba tomorrow!
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Leightonís Euro Semi-Final tasting, thanks to deeblo. It pours very dark brown, with a decent tan head. The nose is roasted malt, caramel, touch of citrus, liquorice and aniseed. The taste is roasted malt, treacle, coffee, some acidity, spice, liquorice, citrus pith, rye and underlying alcohol warmth, with a solid bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Good balance and flavour.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Trinity brewing company May 31st, 2012 and 2 subsequent bottles-Pours pretty much black with a big bubble kacki head and some lacing. WOW, that nose is something else-big tropical dank hops with chocolate roasted malt undertones. that could be the best black ipa nose i have ever smelled! Very dank! holy fuck! Huge hop wallup of dank pine and roasted malt-not any metallic tones like i get with most every beer of this style. huge juicy hop flavors and big burnt char-like malt profile. THis is the best clashing combo i have ever had in a black ipa. velvety body adds to the awesome beer. subsequent bottles have not had the huge dank nose like the tap however, still a pleasant drink. im doing this rating from the fresh tap version.
Reynolds314 (2278) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Monster flavor machine here. Robust, roasty, and piney. Taste is bitter and aggressive with burnt malts and piney hops. A bit soapy but otherwise fantastic stuff.
jackl (4559) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Semi-Final Tasting. Deep brown color with a creamy tan head that slowly recedes. The nose is chocolate coffee ice cream, oak wood and chocolate covered orchard fruits. The taste is lightly bitter mocha, coffee rinds, almonds and wood. Lightly fruits. Really creamy, velvety mouthfeel rich. Great.
OldMrCrow (1807) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, dark pour. Amazing nose is like being kicked in the face by a grapefruit ninja wearing rye sandals. Strong citrus hops early, hints of sweetnes in the early profile with plenty of rye bitterness late. Rye comes on stronger as it warms. Delicious, delicious beer.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of dark roast some moderate citrus and floral hops and spicy rye. Pours black with a tan head soft lace. Roasted malts light spicy rye citrus and floral hops. Really well balanced smooth spicy and bitey hop notes all in one. Good.
skoisirius (1628) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
New dark sauce from FW?! Count me in. Pours thick as night with a foamy white tanned head. Piney and citrusy roasted notes hit the nose. You can tell this one is going to be thick upon the first sip. Velvety smooth across the palate, elements of sweet roasty malts, hints of chocolate and coffee start you out, and lead you into a tropical fruit blast towards the finish. At the finish line, a gourd of juicy hoppy goodness. Layered beer. Damn damn good.
baraciisch (1798) - USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in color with a tan head... Aroma of citrus hops and roasted malts... Flavor is slightly spicy from the rye, prominent roasted malts with mildly bitter finish... Perfectly balanced hops, very nice beer