lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a medium body light black brown with a nice light tan creamy head. aroma is northwest pine hops with some lightly toasted chocolate malt with some coffee. taste is the same as aroma with a little more of the pine hops coming thru. this has a nice little creamy mouthfeel and then the hops strongly kick in sticking around in the aftertaste. this has some descent lacing and overall a nice beer, and probably the hoppiest india black I have had.
DYCSoccer17 (3289) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750mL bottle purchased at Nugget in Woodland, CA. Unfortunately, this was bottled on 07/30/2010. It always seems like these special beers take a few months to arrive, and that can play a big role in the freshness of the hops. Aroma is green with some citrus, orange hop notes. A little mustiness is also there with some stale hops. Scant chocolate malt sweetness. Mostly transparent dark brown body with a small tan head with good lacing present. Starts really juicy and citrussy with hop notes. There is a bit of a tart, slightly sour, astringency. This then becomes roasty and burnt with some chocolate notes present later on. Finishes dry. The astringency on this is a little too much along with too much roast for the style. Not a huge fan of this beer or style really.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a fizzy white head. Roasted grain chocolate and citrus hops aroma and taste.
JohnnyJ (4221) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at O’Briens. Very dark brown pour. Roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, herbal hops, and sharp piney bitterness. Nice black IPA.
nuplastikk (4269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Alchemy. Pitch black, maybe some stained-glass brown edges. Thin, oily, patchy white head. Black IPA mania rolls on, another winner here. Syrupy hoppy chocolate tones. Intense dark malt sort of covers up some of the hops intracacies, making it a touch watery, despite the stickiness. Still a quite nice beer.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Small Bar S.D. Pours a deep coffee brown with a creamy beige head that left some great lacing. Nose was mild with hops, a lot of toasted malts. Very creamy on the palate with a light hop bitterness on the finish.
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown color with a light brown head. A grainy malt and nut aroma.with noticeable but not a forward hop profile. The hops are rather understated on the palate in this IPA as the "black" part takes control. It has a semi-sweet finish with plenty of chocolate.
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle listed as (on the tag) Jul 30 2010. Pours with a deep brown body and a large khaki head. Aromas chocolate, spice, pine needles, light citrus, cinnamon, bread, evergreens. Nice and hoppy (pine and herbal). Very grassy and green (hop) smelling. Flavors are bready, caramel, light mole, milk chocolate. Also, on the hop side, pine needles, grass, earth and herbs. Creamy and decently lively carbonation. Medium and distant bitterness (for an IPA). Well made!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2010 On cask at hamiltons. Arrives in glass a rich ebony color w a thin cask head. Aroma mostly piney hops with some roasty coffee notes. Flavor features the bitter roastiness more than in the aroma, day old coffee, cola nuts and burnt toast with hints of seared caramel, mingle with the resiny and red grapefruit flavors of the hops. Despite being over 8 %, the alcohol is well hidden. Medium body and flatish cask mouthfeel.
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours close to black with a sudsy tan head. The aroma has roasty non-bitter malt, floral/piny hops, grapefruit, extra dark caramel and a smoothness to it all - really nice. Medium / thick smooth body with flowing semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of non-bitter roasty malt, lots of smooth hoppiness with floral / tropical / piny traits. There is a smooth and lush flavor to everything, even the hops. The finish adds a bit of chocolate and light coffee, then the hops come in and linger. Nicely done beer.