daleharshman (1034) - 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 I’ve 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 (3415) - 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 that’s 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 it’s 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 don’t think it lives up to the hype it receives. I think I would like it much more if it was a fresher bottle.
uncben87 (68) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft @ crown and anchor. Pours a deep brown almost black with little head. Not much in the way of aroma but it makes up for it in taste. Smooth, hoppy with roasted caramel malts. Very well balanced. Nice IPA.
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cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big huge beer. Pours like darkness, tight tan head, laces well. Amazing nose and the attacks delievery on the promise. Smooth, warm, love in a bottle.
mansquito (5107) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pacific Standard, NY tap ($6): Pours a black color with a beige head. Aroma is superb: grapefruit, pine, wood, burnt wood, roasted malts, and spice. Taste is equal to the aroma in every respect. The beer is hoppy, with a unique flavor profile, which meshes seemlessly with the roasted malt character. No sweetness, just adeptly controlled bitterness mixed with warm roast. Excellent and complex. ’Tis a sipping beer, but only because one would want to savor each sip.
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Mista! Dark brown pour, small ring of carbonation and aroma of nice spicy rye and hops. Flavor is a little bit of dark chocolate, more rye and finished rich, medium body and a decent amount of hop bite. Really well done.
superspak (4471) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/6/2012. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, pine, orange rind, toast, roasted malt, spicy rye, light char, chocolate, floral, and piney spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, dark chocolate, spicy rye, toast, orange rind, light char, floral, herbal, and piney spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus rind, pine, roasted malt, toast, dark chocolate, rye, light char, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity and balance of flavors; with a very nice roasted/hop flavor balance; nice bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors on the finish at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic black IPA. Great hop flavor profile with nice balance of roasted flavors; very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable stuff as expected.