kevinator (1851) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Faint hoppy aroma. Typical black coffee appearance with a small head. Medium weight and good carbonation. Strong flavors of piney bitterness up front with a slightly roasty background.
Travlr (21687) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown color, thick tan head with good retention. Nice aroma of pine dipped in espresso. Taste has bitter chocolate, coffee, pine resin, nice balance. Very tasty.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber (8.8%) pours with a dark brown to mahogany colored body that supports a full tall dark tan head. The aroma offers up thin dark roasted malts, spicy to earthy floral hops, a dash of citrus and then a pleasing milk chocolate note. The taste is similar with a hoppy blend of citrus, spicy onion like hops and floral hops floating around amid nice chocolate malts, some dark roasted malts and thin black patent burnt maltiness. It leaves behind a pleasant toasty toasty sensation with persistent hops. Nice CDA.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Santee Bluegrass Festival. 2nd of two black IPAs on the field today. The aromas and flavors were very subtle from what I expect from an IPA. They were hoppy and citrus, just a little understated I think.
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ the brewpub, San Diego, CA. Pours a cola brown colour with a small head. Aroma of honey melon, citrus and some roastiness. Flavour of crisp citrusy bitterness, licorice, roastiness, leather and grass. Full bodied. Rich and strong.
laiti (8084) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ the brewpub, San Diego. Aroma is sweetish with rye tones and resiny malt. Flavour has leathery notes, rye, licorice and some resin. Finishes with strong lingering hoppiness. A solid BIPA.
olio (9380) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ brewpub, San Diego.
Pours dark red color with a small head. Licorice and dark fruits on the nose, piney hops and some orange. Caramel malt flavor, salmiac, hops and resin. Decent, hides alcohol well.
tiong (6488) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Mike Hess North Park, San Diego, CA
Pours dark brown, almost black with a smooth white head. Aroma of roasty malts, licorice, coffee, chocolate, hints of grassy hops. Taste is heavy, roasty and hoppy with some salty licorice, chocolate, coffee and hops. Finish is smooth, slightly roasty and malty with some licorice. Okay, quite heavy black IPA.
joeneugs (5879) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the North Park location. It pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma has roasted malt, toast and some citrus. The flavor is chocolate, roasted malt with a little floral/piney bitterness. I would’ve thought this was just a hoppy porter. Not bad.
Marheb (5021) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(En fût à la brasserie North Park): Chocolat lointain perdu dans une torréfaction résineuse et herbacée. Le corps est bien rond et facilite les choses mais on sent un peu trop bien l’alcool.