anders37 (15489) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy weak earthy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy hoppy bitter citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty weak piney hoppy bitter finish.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Growler, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a deep mahogany (near black) body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, and grass. Flavor of roasted malt, herbs, chocolate, citrus, grass, and char.
brokensail (9918) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7786) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler via a trade. Pours with a black body and a large tan head with good lace and pretty decent retention. Aroma has an odd styrofoam quality, but past that there is chocolate, some fruit, citrus, orange and some esters. Malt bill is a bit on the prominent side of things. Flavors of chocolate, an odd grape character, fruit, citrus, tangerine, lightly grassy. Only a medium bitterness, with a dry finish and medium carbonation.
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - 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.
crossovert (6339) - Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting beer. IT has more of a traditional hop flavor than wet, plenty of dakr malt character.
sebletitje (6326) - 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.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
growler thanks to bu11zeye, dark brown color with a malty roast aroma and smoke roast and pine flavors, bitter smokey finish
deyholla (5958) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by Kan, thanks. Poured a clear dark brown with a gray brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma a had a combination of pine with some sweet dark grains. Flavor began with some dark grains, but the pine grows which led to the dark grains becoming a backing note.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2011 Growler pour from the brewery (Chicago, IL). Pours a near opaque black, dark and ominous with brownish edges. A big frohty light brown head cakes large, big lacing. Head stays large. Aromas are doses of carmelized sugar, cocoa en masse, green earthy hops and rich florals, grass, piney notes. Vanilla, a touch of coffee, roasted barley. A nicely hopped dark ale, fresh and big aromas. Cocoa is sweeter slanted. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, espresso coffee and vanilla, roasty malts and carmelized sugar. Decent roast pairs with big piney and floral hops, bigger bitterness behind sweeter cocoa and roasty carmelized malts. A nice display of fresh hops with a twist of darker malts. Rich and creamy, smoothed and lighter bodied than anticipated. Really interesting, not immersed in huge pine and roast, the malt body is a mesh of roast and sweetness, creamy carmelized malts, vanilla, roast and the perfect moderate dose of sweetness and piney hops. Cocoa and pine. Great fresh hopped beer with a nice sweet and roasty mix. Not a heavy beer, actually quite light in body, but packed with flavors and strikes an interesting balance A winner and fave by Half Acre.
2nd Release of the beer saw a step down. Lost .1 overall.