holdenn (2063) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Half Acre Hop Leaf event. Citrus nutty nose. Malty sweet and dry bitterness. Lots of dry citrus flavors. Finishes dry. At first this didn’t make much of an impression on me, but it grew on me quick. 7/4/8/4/15
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sheffields in Chicago. Pours a deep amber with a frothy light tan head. Aroma is an excellent blend of rich roasty malt, cocoa and a touch of coffee behind a more aggressive pungent piney hops and resiny notes. Floral and earthy hops as well, not overly citric. Flavor is also nicely blended between chocolatey notes and fresh aggressive hops without a sharp bitter finish, Very smooth and drinkable. Medium body and a soft but fizzy carbonation. Nice black IPA, well balanced to accentuate the hops and dark malt while keeping it smooth and refreshing.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of HOPSHUNTER. Growler pours mahogany with infra red edges and half inch mocha head leaving some decent sheet lacing behind. The aroma is dark roasty malts, black licorice, some chocolate and spicy hops. The taste starts with firm dark roasted malts and then pulling up some chocolate, vague hop bitterness, some spicy hops, burnt malts and then a mild level of spicy black licorice.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at hopleaf, pours black with big tan head. nose is piney, green, coffee, nice smells on this one, fl is a mesh of chocolately and fresh hoppy goodness, not very bitter and it really grows on you. good stuff.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Can’t believe I had to scrap at the hopleaf for a sample of this goodness! I should have spent some more time at the brewery last month! O man, what a beautiful aroma, so fresh, lots of wet hops beers just seem like regular strongly hopped beers, but this came through as a wet hop beer, super sticky! Lovely green, bit sprucy hops, nice kick, perfectly balanced roast, and great attenuation. Nice use of wet hops here.
wedgie9 (1664) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 Tasted on draft at Hopleaf. Pours a very dark but clear amber with a thin beige head that leaves spotty lace but a solid collar. The nose is resinous hops with just a hint of dark malts and an earthy aroma that could be from the hops or the yeast, I can’t tell. The flavors are very similar with the fresh hops taking center stage and the malt and yeast flavors as supporting cast. The body is medium minus with lovely carbonation and a long hoppy finish.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler partagé avec Hopshunter
couleur brune foncée, épaisse mousse mi moka/lait.
arôme, houblon, citron, malt grillé, mais sur ce point, l’aspect houblon domine sans vraiment prendre le dessus.
goût, très bien grillé, un peu léger au palais, le mélange de cette IPA Noire de style nouveau est vraiment bien rendu et l’on apprécie le mélange sur la palais de ici; le houblon, et là le malt.
Ceci étant dit, la bière reste à mon avis plus centrée sur le houblon citron.
Vraiment un très bon style de bière.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler courtesy of pantanap. Near black body with a huge, frothy beige head which slowly retreated leaving sheets of drippy lace. Nose is roasted and citric, primary notes of roast, chocolate, grapefruit, and pine with secondary notes of caramel and coffee. Medium body, very smooth, mouth feel is somewhat sticky. Great play between roasted coffee/chocolate elements and bitter hop citric/earthy notes. Very nicely balanced and very easy to drink. Thanks Kan!
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a growler for my fishing trip to Wisconsin. Pours dark brown with thick tan head. Aromas is loaded with pine and citrus hops, some chocolate and dark grains mixed in. Flavors of grapefruit, some pine, chocolate, and dark malts. Finishes bitter, but with it was hoppier like the aroma. Pretty drinkable brew. Wished I would have grabbed a second growler.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is cola like, looks black in the glass except when held to the light where it is a dark mahogany color.
S: Very nice hop aroma of grapefruit, grass, and pine. The base beer is fairly roasty with some brown sugar and sweet malt.
T: Grapefruit--both flesh and rind--with some grassy character and a moderate piney bitterness. Some malt sweetness, brown sugar, roast, and maybe a bit of bitter coffee or chocolate.
M: Medium body with a somewhat low carbonation from the growler journey.
D: This was quite a nice beer, of course I’m a sucker for a Black IPA. I did wish it had a little more bitterness, but otherwise this was quite solid.