oh6gdx (21326) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Very deep ambery brown colour, medium beigeish brown head. Aroma is nutty, fruity,some floral hops as well as mild roast, toffee and some herbs. Flavour is rather grassy and floral, quite bitter grassy notes. Mild roast, toffee and sweet maltyness as well.
TBone (13212) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 650ml (bottled 03/2011)
Dark brown color, decent beige head. Hayish hoppy with some notes of caramel and toasted malts.Medium-bodied. Chocolate, caramel malts and piney hops. Quite smooth palate. Enjoyable CDA.
mbgrayson (576) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dark brown, with a light tan head. Aroma is hoppy. Taste is hoppy, with strong malt notes as well. A nice, fairly well-balanced blend of an IPA and dark beer. Thumbs up.
doublebock (518) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with feint white head. Strong aroma of sweet piney hops. Easy drinking palate as the beer goes down like a porter with mellow toasted chocolate malt flavors . A fresh hoppy bite at the end with some cola in the finish.
patricks110 (1834) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Forgotten review from May 9, 2011. Swordfish pours a dark brown with a two finger thick, creamy beige head with good lacing on the glass. The nose is quite strong with a perceived NW resinous hop, a large herbal note and a dark roasty malt. note of cocoa, burnt espresso and lightly fruity notes.The taste is superb with a bold roast and malt profile that balances well with a medium hop bitterness and a beautiful pine and grapefruit hop taste on the finish. Notes of pine, citrus, toast and biscuit are also found. Medium to full bodied with a beautiful drinkable taste and nice balance for a Black IPA.
mnurda (1168) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled sample from Garrison Ale House. Delicious chocolate smell. Brown black in appearance. Little carbonation. Nice hop finish. Great chocolate taste
AmEricanbrew (6169) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby black color with tan foam. Floral, pine sap, ganga bud, grass, fruity chocolate aromas. Smooth medium body. Dark chocolate, pale malt flavors with floral, pine sap, grass--very good
brokensail (11998) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head and some moderate lacing.
S: Herbal hops and pine up front, a little bit of grapefruit and orange peel, too. Finally, at least a respectable amount of hop character. But, the victory is short lived. The roast really takes over and dominates the rest of the nose.
T: The flavor offers up some of the same attributes. Herbal, piney, and lightly citrusy hops. Grapefruit and orange peel with a ligh malt sweetness and bread note. Still pretty roasty with some malt bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.
O: Nowhere near as awful as some of the other Northwest IPAs I had, but not something I’d care to come back to.
Sammy (9128) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent Black IPA. Lots of roast and the smell draws you in. slightly less than average mouthfeel, 60 IBU though bitterness seems less than that perhaps four months has made a difference. Lacey, dark appearance. More roasted malt than anything. Not as good as the smell would lead you to believe.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I really have a high bar for the CDA and this one reaches but doesn’t quite make it. This one falls to far on the malty side for me. Bitterness needs to be amped a bit.