daknole (9055) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour, light head. Flavor is a nice mix of cocoa, roasted malt, spicy hops. I got a hint of garlic/onion...but very light so it didn’t overpower the beer. Pretty nice for the style.
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep almost black with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of citrusy and piney hops, caramel, toasted and lightly roasted malt. Flavor of caramel, toffee, lightly roasted malt, nuts, pine and grapefruit. Moderate bitterness
RobertDale (3411) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Comes almost black with a small biege head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, pine, florals and some roasted malt. Very, very good!!
notalush (4835) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2011 - smells freaking awesome - lovely integration of dry, intensely bitter, piney hops and bitter black malts - the flavor is much the same - dry, woody hop bitterness and dry cocoa and woodsmoke - green, piney and citric hops are showcased well - lingering, intense hop spiciness - balanced despite it’s intensity - more please.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Great Taste. Pours a murky brown black with minimal head. Nose is big hops. Fresh citrus and resin dominate with some light caramel as well. On tasting, balanced bitterness dried out further by the roasted grains. Citrus and pine tar are there, as is a strong caramel presence. Pretty decent beer
Drake (8442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours a clear copper color with a thin creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of peppery and herbal hops with toffeeish malts. The taste is citrus and earthy hops and caramel. Medium bodied with a lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Nice.
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at St. Louis Microfest 2011 - Cask version - pours mahogany brown with an off-white head. The aroma has non-bitter dark malt along with funky hops and some grapefruit. Medium smooth body with soft carbonation. The flavor starts like the aroma and has very smooth chocolatey malt with green onion, funk and spicy hops. A really nice beer.
theisti (3219) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler filled 12 days previous. I realize this is way too long to wait to drink a growler, but thought I would rate with the caveat stated right up front. The pour is a hazed brown ruby with a minimal light khaki head. Aroma is fresh pine hops, along with some pleasant dark toasted malt. Mostly about the hops, which are clean and fresh. Bright nose. Taste is resinous pine hops right up front, followed by a lightly char roasted malted and finishing with a chalky grain earthiness which was nice, and quite dry. Nice integration and development of flavors. The palate is really the only place where it seems obvious the beer has been sitting a growler - medium to light bodied, low carbonation level - though with the great clean fresh grainy dry finish, it was hardly noticed. I am pretty hit or miss with this style, but really liked Free State’s take on it.
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at St. Louis Microfest 2011. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with almost no head or visible carbonation. Aroma of pine, grapefruit peel, roasted malts, toast, grass, earth, brown sugar, and floral notes. Flavor of orange and grapefruit citrus peel, earth, toasted malts, pine, leaves, faint coffee, and wood. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation (cask) and a citrusy, earthy, mildly toasty mouthfeel. Very nice black IPA.
Indra (2608) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From growler. Intriguing aroma, with roasty, lightly sweet malts combined with massive hop notes, lending pine, earth, citrus, florals and their own considerable sweetness. Clear dark brown in color, with a subsiding head (again, this is from growler) of whitish tan. Flavor profile is powerfully hoppy throughout, with strong pine and citrus, but quite a lot of bright, floral sweetness as well, the malt very much in a supporting role here even as dark as it is, and hop bitterness bringing up the close in convincing fashion, blending nicely with the lingering, faint chocolate and roasty malt tones. Oily, resinous, slick and smooth on the palate, body is medium-full. Easy to drink, and to enjoy.