ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/16/2013. 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a ultra-dark red color with a good opacity. The head is kind of dinky - a half finger light khaki color. It doesn’t even retain what little it has well, but tries to leave whatever lacing it can down the side of the glass.
S: Features a good mix of citrusy hops and bready dark malts. It seems to feature a good deal of Centennial and Cascade. Upon further whiffs, a bit of chocolate and coffee come through. The aroma is respectable but meek.
T: Not much in the way of hops come through on the flavor, or maybe it’s just that well balanced? Whatever the case here, the hop profile is perhaps integrated too well into the brew’s dark malts - coming off as just a well-hopped stout instead of a black ale. Hazelnut, chocolate, and subtle citrusy hops initiate the flavors, before finishing with coffee, faint cream, and roasted barley. Grapefruit tones come through more expressively on exhales. I’d have to say Centennial hops were a good choice here - they give just enough of a hop bite and a balancing bitterness without killing the profile with acid and soapiness.
M: Dry, dry, dry. There is just enough sweetness on the finish to neutralize some of the dryness after a few sips, but this will still cause the very back of the palate to be parched, even while the front has a bit of a syrupy linger. The medium-heavy body makes this more of a sipper than a chugger.
O: This works MUCH better if you go into this expecting a well-hopped stout instead of a proper black ale. When looked at as the former, it’s really damn good. I’d buy it again, that’s for sure.
katrinaez (537) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice heavy flavor. Had in bottle and tap, but at different times. Can’t remember much else
Beerdedone (2933) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a nice one finger tan head that left spotty lacing. Aroma was roasty with pine, chocolate and coffee. flavor of roasted malts, pine, coffee, chocolate and a bit of caramel.
rondphoto (2784) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear very dark ruby brown color, beige head cover, stringers of lace. Aroma of peat malt and hops. Taste is toasted malt that grows a lot heading into the palate, turning decidedly bitter on the swallow, lingering a long time as a bit of malt seeps back in. Pretty good stuff.
Weevo (70) - Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours black with tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Taste of coffee, slight chocolate and cherry. Not to hoppy, really starting to enjoy the black IPA's
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
timwatson31 (2) - Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good bipa. Pours dark brown. Nice taste while drinking, not over powering. Love the malt finish.
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Julio’s Liquors (Westborough, MA) au coût de 1,95$. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe d’houblon. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe de chocolat et un soupcon d’houblon. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #5764)
Darkmagus82 (1979) - - SEP 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-5-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a small cream colored head. The head has a low level of retention fading to leave very light lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma is of a roasted malt smell mixed with some caramel sweetness. Along with these smells are notes of licorice and a moderately strong aroma of molasses. Being an IPA, it is no surprise, that along with these smells are some nice notes of a pine and earthy hops, which when mixed with the rest, as well as a roasted coffee malt aroma, give a nice roasty but semi-sweet and moderately hoppy smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt taste mixed with a small amount of a citrus hop taste. There is a lighter sweetness present upfront that fades as the taste moves on and then returns again at the end. While the nose depicted a much sweeter profile, the taste was not all that sweet, yet was on the drier and roastier side until the very end where it sweetened up to a lighter to medium amount. The grapefruit hop that was present upfront is soon joined and surpassed in strength by a pine hop flavor. Toward the end an earthy flavor and a decently strong coffee flavor comes to the tongue. With some sweeter flavors of a caramel and light molasses flavor coming to the tongue as well, in the end, a lighter hop flavor mixed with a decent roasted coffee and semi-sweet taste is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – For a 7.25 % abv brew, the body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side as well. The lower carbonation was rather nice for the roasted flavors of the brew as well as the lighter hop flavors as it accentuated both. The thinner body however was not so good and took away from all those nice flavors.
Overall – A tasty and drinkable brew overall, although it was not really all that hoppy tasting as a IBA would be expected to be. It drinks nice and is rather enjoyable, but don’t expect a hop powerhouse here.
alliance100 (983) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Derby Station - dark brown almost black with tan head . Lots of pine , faint roast on the finish . Ok .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BOSSbrewer (2685) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours a dark brown to black with one finger of tan head. Aroma is hoppy citrus. Some roastiness. Flavor follows with Avery balanced bitterness and roastiness. Very nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Passable bipa. Dark brown pour. Little hops in aroma and taste. More roasted malts and a touch of tart. Thinner mouthfeel. Nothing special.