KyotoLefty (7430) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Blue Palms. Big citrus hop nose with chocolate and a bit of coffee. Rich chocolate flavor, rich malt, citrus hops, orange. Very full and grainy malts. Great.
KrislaLL (5) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Max’s Baltimore. Deep rich color yet citrusy fresh with nice malt balance. Supremely good.
yespr (34791) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at Blue Palms. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Dense dark malty, herbal and slight spiced hoppy. Smooth fruity, dense malty and solid hoppy. Light grapefruity into the finish.
rob6239 (676) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours midnight 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.
Thisis12ptfont (986) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautifully fresh grapefruit, pines, wheat and rye on the aroma. Color is pitch black with a massive brown foam at the top. Taste is bittering hops in the front falling back into a perfect toasty malt with flavors of coffe, spices, bread, brown sugar and a boozey finish. Overall, an absolutely fantastic brew with massive complex flavoring, perfect balance and full body. I’d give this an A+ rating. A must try!
andyburnette (26) - - JUL 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Max’s in Baltimore...stunning beer, best of Max’s very extensive draft list.
piscator34 (2112) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of tropical fruit, coal, and dark chocolate. The tropical hop notes continue on in the mouth, along with more dark chocolate, and spicy coffee elements. Dry on the palate, with a nice balance between the bitterness of the hops and the roast of the dark malts. Less of a hop bomb than some of the other Black IPAs I’ve had recently, but satisfying in its balance.
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Churchkey. Very dark brown pour with a good looking vivacious cream-colored head. Very fruit forward nose with gorgeous grapefruit, orange, lemon, and even touches of mango, along with that nice earthy roast. Darker profile on the tongue, with increased bitterness and earth, loam, roasted malt, and bitter chocolate mixing with those lovely sweet fruity hop characteristics. Beautiful palate, roasty and bitter but drinkable. Awesome.
BrewBoxer (2442) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft. Deep black cocoa color. Nice thick head which remains on the lacing. Like s hoppy jacked up porter in its consistency. Really flavorful and all around awesome
Leighton (13789) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle during the Semi-Final Tasting at my place, London. Big thanks to Bruce for dragging this beast from the USA. Pours dark brown with a medium, beige foam head. Soft pine in the nose with toasty malts and modest roast. Medium to big sweet flavor with sticky pine, decent roast, toasty caramel and some burnt wood. Medium bodied with average, highly creamy carbonation. Fairly resinous pine to finish with moderate roast, faint cocoa, light ooze and toast. Very sweet but still nicely balanced. Some notes of grapefruit in here, too. Good one.