JohnnyJ (4254) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Very dark brown, with a tan head. Resinous hops, pine, grapefruit, dry roasted malt (almost like burnt coffee), fruit sweetness, bitterness, and hint of rye. A pretty good black IPA, bitter and not overly sweet.
BucannonXC5 (802) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a draft into a goblet at Hamiltonís Tavern in San Diego, Calif. , on May 5, 2012. Two fingers of head. Color looks espresso in the dark. White cloudy, frothy lacing on the top. Lots of cobweb, spongy film on the side.
Got lots of bitterness on the nose right away. Also some butter and rye notes. Citrusy hops, but not overwhelming.
Tasted smoky malts, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel and chocolate. All this combined with some citrusy hops.
Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.
Good tasting beer overall, which is what Iíd expect from Firestone. Would definitely try it again.
raphael (867) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
the smell is watermelon, the spiciness of rye, some darkness wrapped in sweet. in flavor the fruit comes through with almost chocolate, berry-thinned chocolate with dark roast nibbling the tongues perimeter, tweaks but does not clash, working with the citrus-pine bitterness. a fantastically long-lasting head over dark mahogany. neither spritely noir flat in the mouth, just enough of a feel.
JorisPPattyn (7807) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Arbitrary score 4/5 for Appearance, as nighttime conditions prevented correct assessment. Very catty hops, catsí pee, citrus finally. Excessive burnt note, plus the catty hops, here giving the idea of a burnt blackcurrant pie. Bit sharp MF, finishing a tad empty on top of the rest. Pretty disappointing, certainly for this accomplished brewery. Overdose of citra?
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Dark mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Pine aroma. Pine and grapefruti flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Pine and grapefruit linger with light caramel and light chocolate.
robertjm (761) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Large head coming out of bottle. Dark black body. Make no mistake of it. This IS an IPA with the first mouth full you take. VERY BITTER. Bit of aftertaste like apricot and peach. Not a huge fan of IPAs, but I could drink this one again.
crackedmachine (469) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours muddy cola-brown with a medium tan head that subsides in several seconds. Aroma is sweet and fruity hops with just a hint of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor follows suit, with plenty of upfront sweet citrus hoppiness with a remarkably well-balanced peppery, roasty, chocolate foundation. Hop bitterness and a lasting burn on the finish. I really loved this initially, but the abrasive finish became too much and detracted from the otherwise great flavors.
Beaver (1270) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, resiny hops and some spicy rye.
The flavor is roasted dark malts with a weird blend of rye and charred plasticky resiny bitterness. The bitterness is fairly harsh and lingering in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, I really wanted to like this beer, but it just did not mesh at all. It did mellow a bit as I drank it, but still was overly abrasive and unbalanced with off-notes.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle. Pours deep, deep brown -- black once itís in the glass. Grassy citrus hops on the nose, with a little something extra -- a depth thatís not often found in black IPAs. Must be the rye. I appreciate this -- the novelty of black IPAs has faded, and too many places think the style is still fine enough on its own. The earthiness of the rye really does add something to this one. The flavor is downright strange. Adds a meaty element, and really covers the hops far too well. The description says that the malts careen into the hops -- true, but careening isnít necessarily a good idea -- it usually ends in complete destruction. Weíd like a symphony, not a careen -- this brew is something like what would have happened if Al Gore had careened into George W Bush in 2000, annihilating both of them. What are we left with? Bob freaking Dole. Meh.
mrmartin (655) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with reddish highlights and a big frothy tan head.
Nose is slightly toasted and hint of citrusy hops.
Medium bodied. Creamy. toasted, resiny notes and tobacco? finish is grainy, little rye pepperiness with a little hop bitterness.
quite good 4