robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a deep dark brown with a red tint, a small khaki head, and good lacing.
smell is very complex, malt, pine, hops, a touch of citrus, caramel, prunes, and some grapefruit.
taste is thick, hoppy, dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, and a touch of grapefruit. ends nicely bitter.
OldMrCrow (1943) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown pour, limited head. There’s a very strong mandarin orange thing going on here, somehow pushing the sweet-and-sour too far atop darker malts that contribute more color than roasty flavor.
gsmitty80 (1831) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brew pub. Very nice high body black IPA that had a great balance of malt and hops. Great beer.
skoisirius (1761) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a darker brown with a touch of black, off tan head. Nose is darker malt oriented with hints of cocoa and roast. Flavor brings out a velvety chocolate espresso notes blended with light touches of mild roast running across the palate. Lightly grainy, piney, and cirtusy, and finishes pleasantly hopped melding into all the other flavors. A good CDA, but I agree with Aubrey, there really isn’t anything "double" about it, except it’s price! (Which, doesn’t need to be $11...)
patricks110 (1758) - 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.
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz from Capones. Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with thick fluffy mocha head. Nose is roasted and sweet malt with the faintest hit of piney hops. Taste is sweet and roasted malt, slight hop bitterness, and butter crumbles. If you told me it was a porter I’d say it was good, not as an IPA.
Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Thanks to Ken for the bomber) Aroma of sweet malts and fruity hops combined with hints of caramel. A mahoney pour with a thin, mostly deminishing, off-white head and moderate lacing. Initially, the taste is sweet malt with nods to toffee, followed by some grain, and concluding in a bitter finish which continues into the aftertaste. Medium body and medium body. Overall, a nice dance of sweet and bitter.
jjgmd (1507) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a dark black pour with a nice tight java head. Nose is malty with caramel and hops. Taste is malty with chocolate notes , with beautifully balanced hops. Finish is bitter sweet, great Black IPA. Quaff Score 8 / 10
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle date: unk
A: pours a black ale with limited transparency. A two finger head of mocha head sticks around for quite some time, finally retiring to a thick quilt of the same. Rope lacing.
S: lots of malt up front, dry roasted malts, some resiny hops. Honestly not a whole lot up front here.
T: The hops are subdued and make this taste more like a well crafted stout with some extra hops. The hops are piny and resiny, but then as I taste the hops, the malts come back through to own this one, nutty and chocolaty, the malts are a bit overdone for the style IMO.
M: Medium body with a creamy feeling, the carb is moderate to lo. Dry finish.
O: This is a decent shot at a newer style. I don’t think it’s quite well done provided the lack of hop exploration here. Worth a try, but not something I will pick up again.
Serving type: bottle
zgaier (1458) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a brown head and aroma of hops, citrus, and roasted malt. Taste is delicious, nice roasted malt and chocolate balanced nicely with the hops and citrus tones which lead to the bitter, hoppy finish. Very good black IPA