Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours very dark with nice looking mocha head. The aroma is full of a mixture of pine hops and grapefruit like citrus hops as well as lesser amounts of herbally Ė earthy malts, some roasted malts and burnt malts. The taste enters on the creamy side with a good dose of pine hop and grapefruit hop bitterness and feebly offering up snippets of hop flavor. Surrounding the bitter hops is a thin ring of sweet molasses, some earthy malts, burnt malts and a slight sense of chocolate brownie. The hops really control the experience where a bit of malt and molasses like sweetness add a touch of balance. Nice stuff.
Palidor19 (2948) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
solid flavor with a nice malty syrupy taste a nice constant grassy hop arrangement
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very hoppy with burnt malt like a porter. The appearance is almost black. The taste is like the aroma and well balanced. The palate is smooth. Overall a real winner.
Floback (525) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Great Predator reference on the label. "Dillon!!" The aroma is roasty cocoa bean with lawn clippings. Creamy brown head with good retention. Flavors display a huge hop presence with evergreen resin, coffee bean, cocoa, caramel, and vanilla. Full body and medium/high carbonation. Tasty when enjoyed in small quantities. This is a creeper.
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured jet black withlight tan head with good lacing smell was weak but tasted of hoppy stout with good hop aftertaste
Ernest (6221) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (dark chocolate, fudge/cake, roasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, apricot, grapefruit, grass), with notes of vanilla, cassis, dried mango.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Interesting. When I smelled it and noticed the ABV, I expected more of an Impy Stout experience in the mouth. But itís not like that. Itís rather thin-bodied for its size and extremely bitter. Which, at least as far as the bitterness-to-sweetness ratio goes, is in line with what a black IPA probably really should be but rarely is. But is that ratio enjoyable for a beer of this size? Not so much for me. The aroma is remarkably pleasant...I donít like the resinous green hop odor, as it reminds me too much of floor cleaner etc., but thatís only one of several hop notes here and the rich malt and assorted tertiary aromas make it quite enjoyable. Iím not an IPA or black IPA guy, but this is definitely better than most and the only good one of the four I sampled tonight. If it was more fun to drink, I might even buy it again.
Sledutah (4686) - Utah, USA - MAY 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle picked up at the brewery
Appearance: Dark brown pout but jet black in the glass with a medium sized dark tan head and a good amount of lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate and piney
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and bitter pine resin
A very good black IPA, solid and balanced.
douglas88 (6021) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to Sledutah. Pours a totally black hue with a medium creamy light brown head. The aroma is mostly a light roast and citrus hops. The flavor is a nice mix of coffee, roast and chocolate and bitter and fruity hops. Well done, pretty harmonious. Lingering bitterness. A nice soft palate.
dmac (4013) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits Brick. Poured a super dark black body underneath a large dark beige foamy head. Aroma of cirus, burnt pudding, alcohol, deeply burnt toast. Palate has a good dose of alochol detectable throughout along with a medium to full body and a bitter aftertaste that doesnít come on until after you swallow but lingers nicely. Flavor is slightly better then the aroma with lots of burnt notes along with sharp bitter citrus that melds together nicely. Solid stuff here.
Atom (1344) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours dark black/brown with a large tan head. Aroma is very piney, floral, and citrus with dark malts. Piney bitterness really bangs heads with the bitter dark malts here right away mellowing in some earthy coffee chocolate flavors with a bitterness riding to the end. Not bad, but not my favorite.