nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very hoppy with pine and citrus. Also, there is roasted caramel malt but it’s all about the hops. The appearance is dark brown with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma and bitter but not astringent. The palate is average. Overall it’s good.
hayduke (4282) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a big tan head and a lot of lacing. Nose of citrus and flowers. Full body and a smooth cream mouthfeel. The flavor is roasted malts with chocolate, and and long hop finish with bitterness. A really well crafted Black IPA.
superspak (3972) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in March 2012. Pours a fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, biscuit, nuttiness, cocoa, orange, herbal, and floral. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, roasted malt, pine, orange zest, herbal, floral, biscuit, char, grass, nuttiness, and cocoa. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, roasted malt, pine, biscuit, char, herbal, and grass on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of all flavors; with very balanced roasted/hop flavors which I really like. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an very excellent Black IPA. Great balance and complexity of flavors; very good malt balance and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering.
Blairgus (3725) - California, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20 sept 2013, bottle. Dark brown. Nose is almost raisin cookies. New. Thin body and fizzy. Big roasted malt/burnt toast. Okay.
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BillKismet (3659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Root beer colored body with lacey caramel brown froth. Pleasant intermingling of pine and chocolate in the nose. Easy roast breathes through Pacific Northwest evergreen forest. Resinous, piny flavor with chocolate undertones and smoothened roast that is present, and palatable, but whose sweetness is only there to accent and harmonize off the hop panoply. Piny, spicy, mint hop finish that lingers well past the last sip.
Crit (3657) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola color,thick tan head.Piney citrus/brown sugar nose,Neutral fore,effervescent piney mid,medium strength lasting hop end.Good lace
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very tasty CDA. Has lots of smooth dark grains, giving it notes of dark chocolate and espresso. Hops are filled with sweet pine, a nip of snappy citrus and a balanced bitterness. Bitter herbs linger in the aftertaste. Overall, it’s a great CDA/Black IPA, but I wouldn’t call it a Double CDA. It may be slightly high in alcohol for a "regular" CDA, but everything else about it is spot on and the way it should be, in my opinion.
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; very nice looking pour, blackish with a ligther brown head of decent size. Nice, balanced aroma; lots of nice pine, earth, fruit, caramel, and roasted malt. A touch of sweetness. Nice aroma. Flavor preferred balance, subtle complexity to aggressive, over the top flavors. Subtle flavors of roasted malt and earth, chocolate and pine, with some caramel. Surprisingly drinkable.
alobar (3286) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, pine, and caramel. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and a slight hop bite. Creamy with excellent lacing. Really good!
tmoreau (3266) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served with an opague, black/brown color, frothy, brownish tan head foam, and draping lace. The aroma was roasty, oaky/woody, a touch of cocoa, subtle citrus, and a bit of tartness. The taste was similar notes, with a medium+ body, and an assertive, dry, earthy, resiny hop bitterness that possessed a lingering nature, but no harshness, and smoothed a bit more by some light creaminess to the mouthfeel. No noticeable sweetness thoughout, with fairly disguised alcohol presence. A tasty, robust brew.