HonusWagner (1746) - Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Nose is heavy, heavy roasted malts and citrus hop quality, intoxicating for a hophead. As usual though, the taste falls short for me, as the style often has too many clashing parts for my palate. The harshness of the bitter finish against the charry, roasted component of the malt body, is less than ideal. Were the nose not so amazing, I probably wouldnít even give this beer a 3.0, not for lack of skill in craftsmanship but out of disdain for the style.
Wombata (535) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Dissmores Grocery.
Aroma: Pine, cedar/white pepper, white grapefruit and white grapefruit rind, dried apricot, and some roasted coffee beneath the massive hop aroma.
Flavor: Starts like the aroma: Pine, cedar/white pepper, white grapefruit and white grapefruit rind. Then shifts into dark chocolate. Finishes with lingering chocolate and coffee, bitter white grapefruit rind, and spicy and grassy hop resins.
Comment: No excessive burnt grain or coffee flavor. The contrasting chocolate and grapefruit, pine and grassy hop flavors are potentially discordant, but here the contrast works and is complex. They really pulled this one off!
hohops (553) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Appearance- very dark brown, verging on black. 2-3 finger brown cushiony head. Aroma- grapefruit dominates, with pine, some orange, hint of toasty malt, caramel in the background. Taste- complex mix of roast coffee beans, orange and citrus fruit, pineapple juice, chocolate malt, and rye. Satisfying bitter and fruity finish. More roasty coffee emerges as it warms. No hint of alcohol. Excellent.
gegwilson (2197) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Rehills of Jesmond. Pours black with a nice beige head. The aroma is sweet pineapple. The taste starts sweet and spicey with pine notes before a bitter finish. The roast notes are in the background with smooth chocolate. Good tasty stuff.
euniceradio (223) - Colton, California, USA - AUG 24, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 bomber to tulip. Pours solid black, big creamy tan head. Aroma of super fresh dry hops, pine, cedar, orange peel, leather, grass, cacao and Marijuana. Taste of same with spice, herbs, roasted rye. Finish is spiced, roasty, smoky, big Marijuana resin. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy oily with light effervescent carb.
koleminer20 (1079) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I could've sworn I rated this. So now I'm pissed. 22 oz bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a light black color, a little thin, with a nice cap of egg shell colored head and a good soapy lace. The aroma is typically black IPA. The hops and the eye spiciness really bring this together. There is an excellent hop backbone to go along with the light spiciness and it's just great. The flavor is great. Just an astounding balance of rye spiciness with the hops and a good malt profile that bring this thing together. The mouth feel is on point. Lightly carbonated but perfectly thick and light on the tongue. The aftertaste is a spicy hop dominance and a nice malt finish. It's good shit
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ebone1988 (428) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is a nice mix of roasted malt and piny hops, dank. Appearance is black, off white head. Taste is hoppy, sweet tropical fruits and then a ton of roasted malt, finishing with a candy sweetness. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, yet crisp, with a great carbonation and the flavor hangs. Overall, a very nicely done black IPA.
Nik925 (776) - USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, Firestone always delivers, so, for a black rye IPA I guess this is outta the park. But, Iím thinking Iím not a fan of black rye IPAs. Overly harsh, the rye def making a presence in the spiciness. But that puts the malt and then spiciness will in front of the hops and bitter.
Johnstledger8 (264) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a mostly lasting foamy brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, pine. Taste is more dark chocolate, coffee, roasted flavours, grassy hints. Smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Lovely stuff.
MarcoDL (2973) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black pour, brown creamy head. Delicious aroma of mandarin, passion fruit and cacao. Taste of mandarin, citrus, passion fruit, coffee, roasted malt, cream and a bitter finish. Truly amazing, one of the best black ipaís ever.
Jlkerley (7) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely delicious...one of the best overall beers that I've tasted. Combines the best of the rye and IPA
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