Sammy (8611) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Rattle ’N’ Hum. I like black IPAs, this one had an above average mouthfeel, and some orange taste in addition to the cascadian hop. A good bitterness.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours a light black with a 1 finger tan head. light citrus hop aromas with some dark roasted malt - would like something more aggressive in here over the nose. medium body with a nice balance between the hops and malts. big roast body dominates the mouth with a thin layer of bitterness. light coffee notes with a touch of chocolate. short finish with some sweet nuts on the back with a bit of hops.
strongpieman (1494) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black, clear - not cloudy, but so dark you can barely see through. Light head. Nice malty, roasted with hop aroma. Beer is smooth and thick, but not as creamy as a full porter -- much fuller than an IPA. Good all around for the type.
rocbyter (1897) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong pine and citrus aroma. Dark brown color with a small brown head. Sweet beginning with fresh hop flavor. Bitterness fades in the finish, but hop flavor lingers.
nick76 (4218) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is like tar (turpentine) with burnt malt, pine hops, and touches of coffee and chocolate lost in the hops. The appearance is brown with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma and while strange it’s not bad. The palate is smooth but thin. Overall an interesting beer that grows on you as you drink it but the aroma is a bit off-putting.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear crimson cola color with a thin to medium sized beiged tan head. Big coffee and roast, toast. Medium bodied, but light, toast. Nice and subtle. Basic black IPA, decent, but nothing amazing. Long roast and char on the finish, light grapefruit bitterness.
bconger (138) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at j Clyde. Black pour with tan head and good lacing. Aromas of toasty malt. Thick and well carbonated, the flavor is well-balanced with nice toast, sunflower sees nuttiness, and lingering bitterness.
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was not one of my favorite black IPAs this season and I did expect more from Heavy Seas. The beer was very thick and malty with a heavy mouthfeel and not too much flavor hops. I hope they are not losing their touch.
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Suprisingly black with a small tan head. Aroma is citrus hops with some chocolate. Flavor is citrus, pine with a good dose of coffee towards the finish. This is a very smooth beer with nice body and mouthfeel. Black IPA’s seem to be pretty popular now but this one stands out to me as pretty good. I like loose cannon so maybe that has something to do with it.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, toast, light chocolate, burnt sugar, light pine. Flavors are of citrus, grass, roasted malt and a bit of smoke... and maybe charcoal. Medium body, roast, bitter, a tinge sour(rye sour) with a dry, malty, light bitter finish. Overall, not bad... somewhat similar to the regular IPA with some added roasted character... perhaps even a bit less sweet and more dry. Pretty good though it hold some off notes... reminds me a bit of Founders Black Rye... though not as refined.