Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer to celebrate rating #1000 of California brewed beer.
22oz bomber pours with a mahogany head supporting a dark tan head of foam. The aroma offers a mix of malt sweetened dank earthy onion to garlic like hops mixing with citrus and a bit of dark roasted malts. The taste is similar and rich and I can really sink my teeth into it. I get firm citrus hops and dank garlic hops that mingle seamlessly with a dash of pine hop bitterness and a light degree of dark roasted malts. This comes together beautifully and the more I try it the more I want. I’ve had this over and over again and just could NOT get myself to take down notes and capture the experience. So this time I am despite the poor note taking execution here. I love this stuff.
thb (740) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid black with an inch of pillowy foam. Aroma is toast, grapefruit, pine. Huge progression of flavours as you take a drink. Starts with a fragrant, zesty hop with citrus, pine. Bitterness begins. Opens up with more grain - toast, and a well...rye flavour. Then as it warms up and you finish a sip, it sweetens out a bit, leaving a long, long roasty finish. I usually glaze over the palate section of these ratings, but man does this have a nice mouthfeel.
sturmthis (757) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Black with one finger beige head. Citrus, coffee, roasted malt aroma. Slight dark fruit, citrus, roasted malt. Really nice.
GRM (3179) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 3 2014; eye: black, opaque, thin sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, light burnt barley, bittering hops, black coffee; mouth: powerful, roasted barley, light burnt barley, bittering hops, black coffee, lots of astringency, alcohol, alcohol warmth, finale in bittering hops with presence of alcohol, full body, quite bitter, harsh texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 3 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, mince couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, houblon amérisant, café noir; bouche : puissant, orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, houblon amérisant, café noir, pas mal astringente, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, finale en houblon amérisant avec présence d’alcool, corsée, pas mal amère, texture râpeuse; en résumé : bien
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours an opaque black with a creamy khaki colored head and possesses notes of dark roasted malts, citrus hops, coffee, a decent woody smokiness and a touch of Rye. This is a nice dark roasty brew with a hint of Rye, a somewhat Hoppy backbone, a smooth drinkability and a slight alcohol warming at the end. Needless to say it is delicious...
Imaril (40) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is fruity with a tropical lime kick. Pours thick black with frothy tan head. Taste is sweet and bitter char from the rye and dark malts then the hops hit you with a juicy fruity bitter punch. Reasonably carbonated and thick mouth feel. The highish alcohol is well hidden behind the hops.
6ROW (421) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown to black pour with a two finger tan head. Malt aroma, sweet upfront taste followed by the Rays taste and hops bitterness. Would love to drink this again.
Pickleipa (1) - - FEB 22, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great aroma and taste. Finishes awesomely dry with rye and blackness. Great experience!
batneil (406) - - FEB 22, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly smokey smell. Dark colour with little head. Almost tastes slightly flat. Not a brilliant beer, but drinkable. (K)
mkgrenwel (596) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge piney, roasty aroma. Sticky caramel. Flavor is balanced, complex nuanced and delicious. Sweet, spicy, dry, bitter, hoppy, delicious. Awesome beer.
kraddel (4249) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours blacl. Smell is only hops ( pine, some fruits) . Taste is bitter, slightly roasted in the back. One of those black ipas that taste almost exact the same as a regular ipa. Never got the point in those, really. Low carbo, rather thin mouthfeel. Bit bitter back.