LinusStick (2842) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A typical black IPA. Aroma was average. Heavy on the hops with a weird ginger ale-ness to it. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was pretty strong and full. Strong mix of bitter hops and roasted malt with a nice dry hoppy aftertaste. Decent carbonation.
williamherbert (1282) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nutty dusting of mocha malts in the aroma. Wood embers combine with the hops to make a pine needle scent. Chocolate cookie crumbs and hazelnut.
Deep, dark brown-black color. Good head, sheet of dark brown lace.
The flavor is darkly roasted malts. The hops come in second. The citrus comes out a lot more. The flavors blend nicely, in a double-hit of bitterness.
Dry feel, dry finish. Itís a bitter and burnt beer; quite good and very dark.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 12 oz bottle (both 2011 and 2012 versions): Pours a barely transparent blackish mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a fresh piny hoppy nose with some light malty sweetness and a touch of nutty character. Starts with a pretty good fullness and light malty sweetness with a nice amount of fresh resiny piny hops before a crisp clean bittersweet finish. Well-balanced, true to style and dangerously drinkable. I wish this were available year-round.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"This doesnít taste like anything, this is bullshit." My roommate and sometimes friend Jon "Googsie" McGuigan.
bluejacket74 (1308) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle, best before June 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There is a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice, it smells like pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. The brew tastes like pine and citrusy hops, coffee, roasted malt and some bittersweet chocolate. Great balance between the malt and hops in the flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and creamy, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, itís easy and enjoyable to drink. I think itís a good overall brew, Iím glad I picked up a six pack of this today.
KixRules (9) - USA - FEB 18, 2011 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am a big fan of Heavy Seas beers since they are local for me, and Loose Cannon is my favorite American IPA, so i was very eager to try this dark version of Loose Cannon. I loved it! Now to be honest i have not had many dark IPAís, but the taste of this beer is so smooth and easy to drink. It has a somewhat fruity taste (no where near that of the Loose Cannon) with more coffee/chocolate. To me, not as good as Loose Cannon but still a great beer that is very plesant to drink!
emacgee (4010) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark ruby brown with one finger of creamy tan had. Nose is what I would imagine hoppy coffee would smell like, kind of piny and skunky. Iíd guess some Simcoe and/or Centennial. Resinous skunky hop character with some chocolate and coffee. Bitterness is very well maintained. Probably the most impressive aspect of this beer is its palate.
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, shared by emacgee. Thanks. Pours dark brown with a small off-white ring of lace. Definitely not black, but thats okay. Aroma of stale coffee, urine, salt, wood, oats. Flavor is similar, not good. No hops noted. I drank this a few hours after the bottle was originally opened, but damn.
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Deep brown body. Frothy, light beige head, slowly diminishing. The aroma is roasty, almost burnt. Notes of mild coffee, floral hops, resin and pine. Hints of earthiness, leaves and charcoal. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture and livecly carbonation. The problem with this style is the combination of roasted malts and resiny hops leaves flavors of dried plant stems, dried grass and the bottom of an ashtray on the back of the tongue. This beer is less so than others, but itís still there. I still drank the whole pint.
mcnealc31 (250) - Elida, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like fruit and pine, like you would expect from an IPA, and itís definitely black. Iím noticing some familiar stout characteristics with a dry, smokey mouth feel. Some chocolate and nutiness. It is a bit lighter than most stouts, and while there are some hops in the finish, it isnít a huge, in your face IPA. Really well balanced, and there isnít even a hint of the 7.3% ABV.
This might disappoint hop heads expecting a super bitter IPA, but I think itís a great blend of two differing styles.