Sledutah (6897) - 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 (8177) - 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 (5377) - 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 doesn’t 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 (2113) - 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.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Piney hops upfront with black strap molasses, very resinous. Pours black with no head. Very hoppy, pine resin with a very earthy dry bitterness with bitter dark malts with molasses notes, sharp bitterness, finishes sticky and bitter.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown, thin large-bubbled tan head. Piney, doughy, bit hot, faint sugar left over. Flavor similar, more lasting bitterness, light oily pine. Would like more roasted malt and less sweetness through nose.
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. This is very well balanced- a nice citrus and piny hop forwardness that fights its way through a robust roasty backbone. A battle of coffee and chocolate roast versus bittersweet citrus and piny hops. A big body that actually seems to be more hoppy at the front, leaving a dry roast at the finish. Is this really 10%? Delicious and fairly priced!
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
651mL thanks to beerandblues2. The pour is a near black, looking jet black in the glass, with a thick, coffee head. Nice retention. Aroma is olives, meat, strawberry, cheesy hops. Odd combo. Taste is a hazelnut, bitter, nutty hops, coffee, cocoa, light alcohol spice. Palate is oily, bitter, drying. Fairly thick and viscous. Not bad.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice chocolate and roast nose with a solid shot of citrus. The taste is a but sweet, moderately bitter, lots of roast, lots of chocolate, some molasses.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by BeerandBlues2: Pours an oily opaque black with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a big fresh piny hoppy nose with some good mild dark malty sweetness. Starts with good malty fullness and light sweetness with lots of citrus and piny hop flavor before a lingering resiny bittersweet finish. Has lots of good hop character and malty balance throughout.