swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Cole’s, chocolatety pour, roasty notes. Roasty upfront, citrusy bitterness with chocolatety/coffee finish. One of the better black ipa’s ive had. Pretty good
Patrickctenchi (4722) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Dark tan head. Aroma is hops, sort of a minty-bitter.
Taste is roasted, mildly hoppy. There’s a trace of mint again, a little earth, slight smoke. A very good beer. Rather like a porter.
hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very hoppy. A dark ipa! Interesting. Okay. Not much else to say.
nimbleprop (5790) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours a watery, mostly translucent black with a thin, lacing, off white head. Nose is interesting, lightly herbal, vegetal, some dark chocolate, some toasted grains, Cluster hops, some mint. Flavor is sweet, malty, light lemon, some limes, a little pine, chocolate, toast. Medium bodied, slightly sweet finish. Doesn’t have enough hop. More of a straight porter.
Arayaga2 (1898) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 Blackish with thin white head. Slight marshmallowy roast and spearmint in taste and aroma. Pleasant enough. $2/12oz
BVery (7881) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Beer Engine. Dark brown pour with a nice pillowy beige head. Aroma is muted citrus hops. Medium to slightly thinner palate. Taste is chocolate, slight roast, and slight hop. Enjoyable.
dmac (4626) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle via 6pack from Spirits Toms RIver. Poured a good looking super dark brown body with a slightly smaller than average foamy light beige head with very sparse lacing. Aroma is sadly not what I had hoped for. Notes are mostly weak roasted malts, somewhere between cola and black oreo cookies, minus the creamy filling of course, with a slight hint of vegetable soup and citrus rind hops. Body is meh overall, medium bodied with softer carbonation and an almost milky mouthfeel. Flavor isn’t really any better than the aroma. Notes of wet toast, hint of milk and some odd citrus towards the end. Actually this beer is turning into a let down for me.
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, small tan head. Aroma roasted, nutty, earthy. Medium full body with no alcohol and small carbonation. Flavor has slight up front mocha-like sweetness but ends mostly dry but not really hoppy. Roasted flavors throughout. More drinkable than would think from the first few sips. Interesting.
mansquito (4056) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Travilah Beer & Wine, Rockville sixer ($10): Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malts and hops. Pretty straightforward black IPA, but very well-balanced. Not as hoppy as some black IPAs are, but that is probably a good thing. Very sessionable and too easy to drink for its comparatively high ABV. The normal loose cannon is better in my opinion.
radagast83 (5606) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a near pitch black color with a very tiny dark tan head. Aroma was hoppy, with a solid roasted malt body. Tasty, citrus, touch malty. Enjoyable.