justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, near black pour with a medium-to-thin brownish head. This is an interesting example of the black IPA craze. There is a nice, roasty malt character that works well with the hops (and they are plentiful).
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown to black with a medium to large sized beige head. A touch of roast on the nose, big spicy grapefruit and citrus, caramel and malt. Medium bodied, grainy roast and soft sticky hops. A touch grainy throughout, leading into a nice roast bitterness that segues to a long grapefruit note. Nice enough, easy drinking.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
An appealing off-white head remains above the clear dark brown cola pour. Flowery, resinous and herbal aroma is mostly hop-focused, the malt character remaining timid. Thin and dry mouth presence, the only malt trait felt is a rough ashtray burnt roastiness and there is little other support. This gives an acid kick that the American hops push further and makes for a clashing citrus/burnt grain combo that feels out of balance. The hops are not destructive though, remaining as much on the aromatic than bitter side. Still, I rarely say that, but more roundness would have been welcome in this one. The dry/acidic/bitter flavour profile is not attractive enough (hints of chlorine, medicine) or natural enough to translate into high drinkability.
rocbyter (1908) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Initial strong malt with a light amount of hops in the aroma. Black color with a medium brown head. Light malt in the beginning with a light beginning. Not very bitter.
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bwak meow, bwak meow .. everywhere i turn, black ipa’s!! .. . 6-7 bucks, 22oz bottle - thanks M.A .. . pours a deep brown .. light foam .. light lacing .. . burnt toast, dog food, and a muddled burnt bitterness .. . medium to light mouthfeel .. . needs some direction but easy enough to drink
.. . . you know what, i could go for a reuben...
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Light toasted malty flavor with a lingering finish.
llcooldave (1118) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a creamy head. Fresh citrus and pine aroma that’s very noticeable before I even poured it in the glass. Tangy citrus flavor notes followed by roasted malt. Overall, a very solid representation of the style in my opinion. Basically, I dig it...
Farmgirl73 (10) - - FEB 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious roastiness, well balanced, not much aroma, another fine offering from the 100 Barrel series
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bomber. the color is more brown than black with a thin head. Aroma start macaroon and pineapple but shifted to more spoiled op funk as it warmed. The taste is light bitter and dark toast and earthiness. smooth palate. I could session this
Quag (5) - - FEB 24, 2012 does not count
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very disappointed by this beer. Not sure if it was a bad pour or what. Had it on tap and was a big let down. Very light in color and lacking flavor.