StefanSD (2087) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of BMMillsy. Thanks. pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that slowly recedes to a film. The aroma is somewhat understated with roasted barley, salty sweat and a bit of pine. The taste, unlike the aroma, is anything but understated, this is big and bold with anise, raisins, dates, bitter walnuts, sawdust and pine. The palate is viscous, thick, rich and a bit oily--it coats the tongue nicely, and the carbonation is soft. Finishes long and bittersweet. Overall: More of an RIS than a black IPA, but delicious none the less.
koleminer20 (545) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes. 12 oz bottle shared during a sharing of the Advent Calendar (conclusion!) on March 30. We saved this one for last! The pour is jet black with some mahogany on the edges. There is a nice tan head that fades down, leaving no lace. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy and citrusy. There isn’t much of a malt or roasty character as I would expect, and the booze is extremely well hidden. The flavor starts out with a blast of bitterness, followed up by a solid roasty malt presence. There is a good, sweet bitterness on the back end. The mouth feel is nice, thick, with great carbonation and a dry, roasty, lingering aftertaste
Lubiere (9788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark black ipa with a thick frothy brown head. In aroma, loads of piney floral hops and orange pulp, catty notes, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet chocolate malt with light licorice, piney hops, orange pulp, catty notes, light soy sauce, very nice. On tap at End of Everything beer fest Dec 22 2013.
umich03jm (1844) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Sampled at 2013 MBG Summer Festival. Marked as 14.7%. Powerful grapefruit and pine hop aroma with a nice mix chocolate cake, dark roast, tobacco, and cocoa. Big sweetness up front is quickly countered by a strong bitterness and fresh hop taste. Love this. Very intense and unique. Finishes with lots of bitter roast, chocolate, and more hops. Medium to thick body. Great stuff, like a supremely hopped imperial stout. Looking at the ratings on here, the draft ratings are much higher than the bottle ratings. Re-rate from a fresh 2013 bottle. My theory appears to be correct, the bottle was not as good as the two times I had it on tap. Not sure the reason but it seemed less hoppy and there was some alcohol heat too. Still very good and I would rate the bottle around 8/4/8/3/16, 3.9 overall.
Scopey (6313) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Ken. It pours very dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is roasted malt, treacle, liquorice, sweet candy, chocolate, pine, cake and paint stripper. The taste is mild roast, alcohol, toast, charred wood, treacle, liquorice, cocoa, stickiness, dull bitterness and earth. Full body, moderate carbonation and viscous mouth-feel. More like and impy stout really, but decent nonetheless.
jackl (4379) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s. The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is strong booze-soaked wood. Roasted malts. Caramel candy, cow tails. The taste is glazed donut, roasted malts. Ashy cocoa. Sweet toffee. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, the hops seem to have dulled on this. Still tasty, though.
madmitch76 (14469) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
17th May 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Opaque dark brown beer, little pale tan head. Soft palate, semi dry and with modicum of fine carbonation. Odd nose, slight paint thinner and chemicals. doesn’t carry over to the flavour! Soft and dry dark malt. not roasty but it is slightly bitter. Touches of dark chocolates and nuts. Finishes semi dry with a trace of coffee and mild piney hops. Drinks like an Imperial Stout and not a Black IPA but it generally hides the alcohol pretty well.
Leighton (10534) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, London. Cheers to Kenny! Pours deep brown with a creamy beige head. Some dark fruits in the nose, mild roast, grapefruit. Medium to big sweet flavor, charred wood and earth bitterness, grapefruit and orange, definitely some alcohol, baking cocoa. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate warmth to finish, decent resins, charred bread, wood, burnt pine, some dry cocoa, toasted grass, some grapefruit. Pretty nice stuff. Drinks well for the strength.
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Brian - thanks! Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is thick, barley win style malt with some roast and a peppering of hop bitterness. Taste is very sweet with heavy malt and alcohol fumes. There’s also some piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and coating. Complete beast of a beer and way over the top.
hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Blazer’s low-key O-Town Throwdown 2012… Tar black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki-colored head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is a malty, roasty, herbal marriage of charcoal, dark chocolate and fresh pot - not bong water - I’m talking about a fresh, sticky bud. Full-bodied and syrupy with tingly carbonation. The flavor is big-time sweet – not necessarily a bad thing - with loads of dark chocolate malt and hempen hops – overall, just very sugary and sweet. Burnt, pot-smoky, sweet finish. Bottle courtesy of BBB63!