jrob21 (2284) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much of this beer comes across as faint and a little thin but you can pick up some decent hoppy notes and some nutti maltiness as well. On tap at 6 feet under. Chewy grain flavors with a little bit of sweet nuttiness and toffee. Piney hop flavor and finish. A little orange citrus aroma. Everythign needs to be kicked up a notch though. A little more muscle.
unclemattie (3993) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ TacoMac, Crabapple. Black pour, fluffy white head. Aroma of herbal hops, roasted grains, and cooked honey. Nice sweetness from the malt, some chocolate malt as well. Finishes with a burnt grains flavor, a touch of coffee. Hop character is very earthy, nice florals, a touch medicinal. Lots of dry honey flavor s as well. Very unique to the style, a good amount of flavor complexity to keep my palate wanting another dose.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
black with large white head. nose of herbal hops. firm bitterness before some medium crystal sweetness and some chocolate malt with herbal hops flavor that is strong, but the strong residual sweetness minimizes the hops and leaves a cloying flavor.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best Before: May 2011.
Appearance: Pours a black body with a frothy, splotch-inducing, light khaki-colored head.
Smell: Charry, burnt grains akin to black patent malt on the initial sniff. Faint bitterish chocolate hint tucked well in back. Pithy-scented, oily citrus fruits and pine needles from the hops.
Taste: Roasted grains, with touches of dark chocolate and harsh coffee. Faintly sweet. Scorched, lightly acrid grains throughout. Pithy grapefruit, bitter orange wedges, and resinous pine with a medium degree of bitterness. Drying, bitter, and roasty on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Falls just shy of being medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.
Drinkability: A simple case of charry malts overshadowing the hops keeps this from being anything more than a run-of-the-mill BIPA.
Beirater (10) - USA - FEB 8, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a translucent mahogany with a tight head. A tiny bit of lacing. Stunning flowery nose, punctuated with coffee and split pea soup. Intense musty flavor, maybe a little cilantro and biscuit malt. Creamy mouthfeel and extremely long finish.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. Bottle - Pours dark brown/black with tiny creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark malts, hops, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is the same, very smooth, slick, creamy, and balanced. Highly drinkable, but not as hoppy as some other BIPAs or Loose Cannon, for that matter
argo0 (11163) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Small beige head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, roast, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some milk chocolate, light roast. Smooth medium body, light acidity, very drinkable.
gpekar (455) - Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark brown with nice orange highlites as light passed through the glass. There was a tall foamy light brown head that became creamier as it reduced to about 1/4 of an inch and left some nice lacing. The aroma was predominately pine resin and some light citrus. The taste started with a mild hop flavor of pine that was balanced by a good chocolate malt sweetness after. The hopiness came forward again towards the finish again with the pine flavor and a very good mellow finish. This beer had a unique flavor and was very pleasant drinking.
weharvie (40) - USA - FEB 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great hoppy aroma - amarillo? Black color with limited translucence. dark tan head. Wonderful roast flavor balanced with hops. Very mellow. A wonderful beer with a steak.
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler from whole foods, yes whole foods.. got talked into this by jonathan from heavy seas who was doing a great job of hustlin the heavy seas label.... pours a chocolate stoutish with a french vanilla head.... smells of earthy notes and hints of dark chocolate.... initial hit to the palate is lightly hoppy with more of a pronounced malty carbinated overtone on the tailend.. tastes of pine, coffee beans, and dark malts that present themselves playfully throughout the ale... the alcohol is maksed well and its a great ale for those rainy days. By my own admission, Ima HOP BOMB fan but this is one of the better black ipa’s ive had.. another solid presentation by the boys from heavy seas