bluejacket74 (1511) - 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 (10) - USA - FEB 18, 2011
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 (4307) - 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 (4010) - 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 (2286) - 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 (255) - 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.
jw0406 (883) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours a rich black color with a nice tan head. Aroma of grapefruit and floral, with malt and chocolate in the background. Taste starts bitter, creamy, with malt at the end
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, best by May 2011. Pours dark brown, almost black with a two finger foamy light brown head that leaves some clumpy lacing and holds a good cap. Aroma is floral and citrus hops with some roasted malt and chocolate. Also some coffee, caramel, toasted bread, nuts and the roast aspect really starts to come out as the beer warms. Good to very good strength. Flavor starts with the hops, citrus/grapefruit, floral, a bit of pine and finishes with nice smooth chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee and caramel. Mild sweetness, moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, medium carbonation. An excellent Black IPA, nice balance of hops and malts, very drinkable and enjoyable.
scottw86 (1140) - Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured black with a medium-sized foamy light-tan head. Aroma has lots of floral hops with some caramel malts. Taste at first has some toasty flavors, but it transitions into a hoppy creamy taste. The hops have some resin and they mix well with the coffee/vanilla flavors from the chocolate malts. Very well balanced. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and hoppy. Overall a very good black ipa.
jrob21 (2854) - 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.