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.
reebtogi (5473) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle pours almost black in color with a generous light tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus with some light roasted grains and spicy notes. Taste is a spicy, roasted grain and citrus hop bitterness with a chocolate malty sweetness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a very good representation of the style and recommended. A nice balance of flavors and body.
Batavi (327) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Geproefd bij Vinotake Waalwijk, tijdens IPA/Sour proeverij, uitgeschonken in een Struise BD proefglas. Schenkt gitzwart uit, met een medium hoge beige schuimkraag. Veel hop in het aroma, geroosterde mout, koffie, specerijen, roggebrood, met fruitige accenten van sinaasappel, mandarijn, perzik en mango. Volle en fruitige Black IPA, met frisse fruitige tonen van wilde perzik en mango, gecombineerd met iets kruidige tonen van rogge. Medium Carbonatie en een licht geroosterde smaak in de afdronk. Een van de betere Black IPA bieren, eerste bier van Firestone Walker, geweldig lekker, mooi in balans. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
RedSox2004 (1590) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUN 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown, just this side of black, with a two-finger frothy mocha head that lasted forever and left excellent lace. Earthy hop aromas highlighted by the rye, with hints of citrus, pine, roast and spice. Smooth hop bitterness up front with a rich roasted malt backbone, infused with rye and subtle pine. Medium to full body, gentle effervescence, creamy mouthfeel and a clean finish.
fordest (2377) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a friends house during a party. So much hoppy goodness. The malts were very toasty and roasty. But still hoppy and bitter. Good stuff.
__Rb81 (613) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bolle at home (bottled 01/22/16, 650 ml). Pours dark brown with a beige head. Fruity hoppy aroma, citrus, pine roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Taste is moderate sweet and bitter, fruity hops, pine, resiny, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, thick creamy mouthfeel, hoppy bitter roasted aftertaste. Very nice.
Linnet (1601) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smokey, ashy, lots of coffee, spicy, grass, floral, alcohol, grapefruit and pine.
Black colour, medium tan head, good amount of lacing.
Noticably sweet, big bite, salty, peaty, ABV well integrated, extremely complex and layer upon layer in the taste.
Fullbodied, soft carbonation, bitter, salty and lightly peaty finish.
JBPortland (1468) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours black brown with finger of white head. Nose is piney, earthy roast, grassy, citrus, chocolate. Taste is great with nice medium body, bitter chocolatey roast, dark toasted grainy spice, melon, citrus and grassy pine. Finishes with nice strong but balanced bitterness, bubblegum, melon, orange, pine, chocolate cake, roast. Great beer.
Lore (1995) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 5, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown colour with ruby notes, large, creamy beige head, which lasts for several minutes; aroma of grapefruit, overripe pineapple nd tangerine notes, toasted rye bread, moderate roastedness and hints of mild roasted coffee; taste is the same; I think it would be very hard to brew a more perfectly balanced black IPA; very good!
Padron4KM (790) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, packaged 2/09/16. Dark brown with ruby edges, creamy tan head, sticky lace.
Aroma is spicy, dark bread, citrus, pine, earth.
Flavor is dark roasted malt, spicy rye, pine, citrus. Complex
markextrae (3365) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from local shop. poured an almost black colour with an off tanned head on top. Aroma of grass hops, sweet roasted notes, grapefruit, chocolate, citrus, sweet caramel. flavour start sweet, with chocolate and toasted malts, and end with an heavy bitter finish. awesome