nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the BevMo fest. Pours darkest brown in color with a one-finger light beige head. The aroma is nice, roasty with a good northwest-style piney hop profile. The flavor is also solid, not really sweet at all (a good thing). Roasty with slight dark chocolate and big piney hop bitterness. Rather fresh-tasting. Dry and resinous on the palate with medium-full body and above average carbonation level. Solid stuff, definitely good for the Black IPA style.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, fresh 2010 vintage. The body is a translucent mahogany color, and it supports a moderate, creamy, grayish-beige head. Spotted, splotchy lacing emerges as the foam slowly settles. Aromas kick off with the signature Cascadian hop profile of sticky, resinous, bitter pine with secondary notes of oily citrus peel. A nice, dry cocoa roast comes across in the robust malt base, bringing along notes of toasted caramel and some cracker. Flavors, largely the same, show more of the biting pine resin, spruce tips, and bitter orange, while bittersweet chocolate roast accompanies relatively dry caramel sweetness. Substantial on the palate, with moderate carbonation, a relatively dry, slightly chalky body ushers in an intensely resinous finish. Very solid offering. Nice and hoppy, but with ample roasted malt character. Good stuff.
piscator34 (1965) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample. Near black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of dank C-hops, rich pale malt, spice, and earth. Hops are really strong upfront with elements of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine resin, and spice. The malts follow that up with more of a toasted than roasted flavour. Medium bodied with solid bitterness. I was expecting a bit more char and chocolate, but it’s hard to complain when the beer is so hoppy and tasty.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a dark black color with a smaller head. Aroma was your typical IPA, hops, grass, and spruce. Medium body, high carbonation. Flavor was dark and creamy, hop aftertaste. A great beer. I love it.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours deep black with a medium tan head. Aromas of citrusy grapefruit rind, pine and coffee. Hops dominate with pine, grapefruit. The flavors are more complex with chocolate, dark cherry and roasted malts. It finishes with lingering hops and burnt malt. I would buy this one again.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a light tan head. Big grapefruit aroma. Malt and grapefruit flavor with light pine, light tropical fruit, and light cocoa. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine linger with light chocolate and malt.
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours an opaque black color with a medium tan head that slowly recedes to 1/4 inch and holds leaving plenty of sticky lacing. The nose is moderate in strength with hoppy IPA aromas of citrus, pine and toffee. The flavor is biter hops forward with smooth pine, grapefruit, biter chocolate and roasted malts. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering biter hops and burnt barley malts. Overall: Very tasty black IPA. Love this style.
thornecb (4396) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black into a snifter. Tan head quickly recedes to nothing. Medium bodied chocolate with a burnt grapefruit finish.
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thank to Brian! Poured a hazy dark brown with a light brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of roasted malt with a pine hop and a slight sweet chocolate backing. Flavor had a lighter chocolate with some roasted malt and a slight backing pine.
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle. Pour is black brown color with a kahki head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is a solid mix of bittering hops and malt. Taste is more creamy malt, but the hops really do come through and leaves a citrus and carmel flavor in the end. Palate is full and creamy which ends in a fizzy chaulky finish. Pretty enjoyable.