pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml brown bottle. Very dark brown pour, small tan head which leaves almost no lacing. Nice hoppy nose, pine, citrus, chocolcate malts. Flavour is of chcoolate malts up front, spicy grapefruity and piney hop flavours. Nice long, lingering bitterness with a grapefruit aftertaste and some slight roasty notes. Medium body, gentle carbonation, general good mouthfeel, enjoyable.
Palidor19 (3151) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
the hops are the most potent part of this beer. all the malts are very weak while the hops got the pine and the grass. its very strong so drink carefully.
drpimento (3079) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good beer! Poured at a good temperature with a nice, fluffy, foamy, tan head that slowly settled down and some lace. Color is a clear garnet. Aroma is hop, malt, roast, fruit. Flavor’s like nose; fairly dry, bitter and carbonic tang up front, with the bit of malt/fruity sweet in back. Body and carbonation good, although there’s a little astringency in the finish. Also the finish is quite long, boozy, and resinous.
jcartamdg (3063) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours jet black with a mocha head. Aroma of bitter piney hops and roasted and chocolate malts. Taste follows, tastes like a hoppy stout. Drinks like an ipa. Interesting but not a beer is seek put again
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pineypower (3051) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Capones. Pours out dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is of faded citrus hops, malty roast notes, and some. Chocolate. Taste is of smooth chocolate, toasty malts, roast, light chewy sweetness, and mild hops. Would like to try a bit fresher.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany pour with hints of chestnut and onyx, a nice khaki head. Dark malt, pine, candied citrus, caramel, toffee, and honey. Solid and drinkable but wish the hops were a bit more pronounced and stood out against the malt profile. Good but not Wookey Jack.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from K&B. Pours a deep coffee brown/ black with a big creamy beige head, nice lacing. Big nose of grapefruit, pine, cocoa, roasted malts and resiny hops. Medium / full bodied.
glennmastrange (2652) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop aromas of toasted and pine resin, light leather for the yeast, with wood, charcoal and tobacco in the background. Heas is small to average, frothy, tan with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear, very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, a little slick with a lively carbonation. A great aroma, but this Black IPA lacks any sweetness. Otherwise it’s true to style.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/6/2012. From bottle. poured black with a tan head. Malty aromas with hops, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit. Bitter and hoppy flavors, malt is showing well. Pretty good one.
patricks110 (2410) - 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.