ryecatcher (1354) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque brown-black with a ridiculous tan head -- seriously looks like the Pillsbury fucking dough-boy blew cinnamon roll dough chunks on top of a pint of stout (oh, did I mention that it looks like a stout?). Nose is piney and grapefruity hops and dark roast, with some malt riding shotgun. Mouth is big and bold -- think Dom Delusie in a Hawaiian shirt on a Hog at Sturgis, chocolate, roast and some ash, big citrusy hops. Finishes with a bang of espresso on the way out, then lingering bitterness. Nice.
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big, smokey, roasted malt flavors are balanced effortlessly by a blast of spicy, cedary hops which linger long. Manages to be rich and filling yet crisp and refreshing all at once, with bitter dark chocolate notes adding late complexity.
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Big, real deal Black IPA. Opaque brown-black body. Big foamy beige head. Classic black chocolate mint aroma and flavor. Big and full bodied, with some serious chocolate covered hops. While it still seems like it’s on the brink of infection, this is a pretty quality offering. Chunky, thick specialty malts. Solid.
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate/pine/citrus. Med body. Flavor is chocolate pine. Finishes that way. Tasty.
marcus (9220) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours near black with a transient tan head and a coffee and treacle aroma. There is a Chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a sharp bitter hop finish.
boogerracing (63) - Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark heavy color with darker creamy head. Lots of roast with a few hops. Great medium body leaves you wanting another drink.
strongpieman (1648) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep black with a tall pillowy tan head. Nice malt aroma that has roasted but not sweet accents. Medium to full body, smooth, lots of flavor and a short finish. Very good all around.
bigtaster (901) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black mostly opaque, grassy hoppy aroma. Good malt backbone, great grassy hop flavor, some anise. Very drinkable,
Scipio (837) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black actually, with a full tan head that settles slowly. The aroma has lots of pine, roasted malts, coffee, mild smokiness, and some light floral notes. The taste is very roasted, while containing lots of pine, chocolate, and coffee. Plenty of hoppy bitterness with this one. Aftertaste is quite long, and it is a roasted pine flavor. Medium bodied, with a more thick texture, and big in lively carbonation. This is a pretty cool beer. If you take away all of the hoppiness, you would get a good stout. With everything going on in here, I find this very enjoyable.
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a finger length mocha colored head that went away fairly slowly and left a thin ring of lacing. Nice balance in the aroma for a black ipa, but not overpowering at all. Get floral and faint pine notes from the hops, while also getting lots of roasted malts, licorice, and some dark chocolate notes. Nice balance in the taste as well. Starts with floral notes, some orange, pine. Then a burst of roasted malts come through and mix with the hop flavors. Start to get dark chocolate notes as well. The finish is a great balance of hoppy and roasty flavors. More of the floral, orange, and pine along with roasted malts and creamy dark chocolate. Get some ashy/smokey flavors as well. Do get that belgian flavor from the malts, but it is minimal and adds to the complexity of the beer. High medium body with a really nice creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat clean on the finish too: no resinous hop oils left behind. I thought this was an outstanding example of what a black ipa should be. Definitely hoppy, but incorporated with a hefty dose of roasted, dark malts nicely. Greenbush continues to impress.