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.
Nisse666 (5837) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at En Öl- och Whiskeymässa 2016 cons 2016-04-22 Göteborg
AR: caramel, wee chocolate
AP: dark brown, wee cream brulée colored head
F: warming feeling, sweet fudge, chocolate, rosted malt
kajser27 (1080) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 29, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown to black colored, medium tan creamy head, good lasting. Aroma is of some roasted malt and chocolate, strong- pine and citrus, hop pellets. Taste is medium sweet, bit caramel, chocolate, roasted malt and some rye, medium hoppiness but very fresh, just dry hopped pellets! Citrus and floral pine hops. Medium+ roasted and hoppy bitterness, dry finish, lasting aftertaste. Medium+ bodied, soft carbonation, resiny.
(bottle, Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte)
jc1762 (530) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a shaker showing pitch black center with brown translucent rims and a finger of latte colored foam.
The nose shows light pine and cannabis.
The palate is light bodied and well carbonated. The rye spice immediately shows but the flavors of pine and citrus slowly evolve in a harmonious manner into the lightly roasted malts to bring about a light sharp IPA bitterness with a roasted malt bitterness. Surprisingly, a well done black IPA.
scottm2588 (147) - SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Pours black with a medium off-white head. Aroma is caramel, slight grass, slight roastiness. Taste is caramel, piney, slight pineapple, hint of roasty malts, dry finish. Lovely.
tfontana (476) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour into tulip glass from Gary and Jane’s Beer and Wine. Aroma is strong resin hops with light citrus and pine, with roasted malt aroma and rye spiciness, bordering a little bit on b.o. smell. Appearance is basically black, but dark ruby noted with light source directly behind. Some sparkle noted at edges of glass. Finger width creamy beige head fades rather quickly to ring. Decent sudsy lacing. Taste is balanced bitter resin with bittersweet roastiness, rye and late mild citrus and dark fruit. Palate is medium bodied with smooth, velvety texture, average to soft carbonation, lightly bitter crisp finish. Warming to the stomach. Overall, a fair amount going on and it all works well (except a portion of the aroma).
coldbrewky (1641) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle left behind by BTL. Even though I live in NY state, I am not a large fan of Rye. Here however, I find it quite tolerable and nearly enjoyable. Nose of light grapefruit. This is hidden to me in the body. Hops for certain, yet the body becomes smooth and rounded. Malts take over but are supported by hop. I concur with the deScription... WTF.
JPDIPSO (5318) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color. Big fresh hops aromas, with grapefruit and apricots. Taller light tan head with some lace. Sweet pale and caramel malts in the start. Herbal to citric hops aromas. If I was blind I don’t believe that I would say this was a “black” IPA. After it warms a bit, there is a little tar, ash and roasted malt in the linger. 6/12
Andrew196 (1278) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Monstrous, fairly course head, frothy lace, thick. Dark brown, just a glimmer of light breaks through. Sweet oak hop aroma. Lots of smoke and hops pile on with the first sip. Crisp and refreshing yet big. Very drinkable....like.
jw0406 (1039) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz draft pours a black color with a nice white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, roasted malt. Full bodied, nicely balanced, a great beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Dacrza (775) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
DATE: March 27, 2016... OCCASION: Easter Sunday, enjoyed by all... APPEARANCE: dark-as-midnight body supports a thick, creamy brown, two-finger head that leaves a wall of thick lacing... AROMA: strong citric presence, with grapefruit and mango at the forefront... a damp, dank spruce melds with the malty sweetness of rye to balance the usual FW hop punch... PALATE: creamy, smooth, yet active at the teeth and cheeks, plucking interest in warm waves... medium-to full-bodied, with a resounding, controlled finish that lingers its orange peel and grapefruit...TASTE: a chocolaty, peaty, malty presence pervades the essential grapefruit, orange and pine... spiciness comes in the shape of pepper and toasted dough... a full, complex profile... OVERALL: The crown jewel of my last roommates’ get-together, the Jack is the perfect dessertif or nightcap, not heavy or alcoholic, but formidable and satisfying, like a doppelbock... sippable and savoring, this is another in the line of Firestone Walker brews that demands attention