brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle - Pours black with a medium-sized foamy tan head. Aroma has lots of floral hops, smokiness and some caramel malts. The first sip of this brew was much smokier than I was expecting - but I quickly adjusted to it and enjoyed it - also had lots of floral hoppiness and piney resin with some vanilla flavors on the back end. Very well balanced. Finish is slightly sweet and hoppy.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a predictable dark brown with a thin head. Aromas are heavy with chocolate, roasty malt and earth tones, but little hops appear. Flavor is more of a porter than Black IPA. The pleasant chocolate and earth notes are only supported by a lightly tropical fruit hops presence, which is disappointing. Itís good as a porter, weak as anything labeled "IPA."
Loineshawn (3003) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap. floral citrusy hops back by a nice roasty, coffee chocolate backing. pretty good. a touch of grass. nice roasty character. good carbonation. pretty good.
MattShizzle (523) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - from sampler pack. Very dark. Aroma is mostly clean but some roastiness and hops. Good. Doesnít taste as strong as it is, but has plenty of hop flavor and some roastiness.
shadey (1815) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours a glossy black with a thin head of creamy tan lace. The aroma is primarily the hops. Very nice citrusy hops that I recognize from the Loose Cannon. There is also some chocolate character hear that starts to develop on the second or third sniff. Flavors are initially smooth and chocolaty, but as it rolls over the tongue, the sharp hop bitterness really leaps out. This is a very nice mix of the two styles and comes across as very coherent and polished. The body is full and creamy.
r464 (1655) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is somewhat different. There is a certain hoppiness to it, but a distinct roasty dark flavor as well. A strong finish, strong malty background as well. An interesting beer.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours nearly black with a tan head. aroma is hoppy and slighty roasted malts. hops and malts mix well in this beer. iíve found nearly every black ipa tastes almost completly different than the last. this one seems to have the malts and hop flavor mixed 50/50. a pretty decent brew but after just trying the loose cannon i was maybe expecting something different. taste is citrus hops and some burnt malts with a hint of coffee.
Finhead (1031) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nearly black pour with a tan head. The nose is a nice mixture of pine and light chocolate. The medium body has an oily texture with average carbonation. The taste is moderately bitter with a dry finish.
Nickls (1702) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Near black color, tan head. Citrus hop aromas with grapefruit and a slight bit of lemon, and a deeper maltiness and light roast in the aroma. Hops are tamer than in the aroma, but still solid with a touch of roast and twinge of sweetness. Medium and creamy body. Not bad.
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour, looks similar in color to a porter. Nice strong hop pine aroma with a malt backbone. Smooth body, nicely carbonated. The flavor is a great mix of sweet roasted malt with just the right amount of bite from the hops. An great beer from this intriguing style.