Strykzone (6750) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Black and cool to pour with a head that separates. I will sy it. The best thing about this black ipa is that it does not tadye like one. But there is some roastiness. It is a very nice ipa. I like this a lot.
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, red wine, citrus, pine, light roast and some floral hops. Taste of some roasted malts, vanilla, red wine, tobacco, cocoa, and a creamy mouthfeel. I liked Jim better.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: An original, hoppy and very oaky big black beer.
How: Bottle 500ml. First and only batch so far. Twice. This rating for a bottle consumed 4 months after the beer release.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with good retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Interesting nose blending dark berries, soft liquorice candy, mild vinous oak presence, subtle piney hops. The base beer (Society and Solitude #2) is unrecognizable yet the aroma is really not overwhelmed by the barrels, itís entirely a new beer. Taste is dark berries jam swimming in bittersweet chocolate, some black liquorice, earthy notes, burnt molasses, unexpected black pepper sensation, some piney hops resin, a whole lot of oak tannins, a bit of booze. The finish is very harsh (burning sensation) with the astringent oak tannins raking back of the mouth along with some hops resin and some booze. A smoother carbonation would have been more appropriate. Very good big beer, an original creation that defies style classification and offers lots of complexity, yet I found it a bit too harsh and not quite up to my expectations from this great brewery. This is my 5500th rating, what an achievement, but letís be honest, we the top-100 raters on ratebeer are collectively one big argument against the theory of evolution.
PhillyCraft (5890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, generously shared by Al, pours black with medium and lasting beige head. Really sick appearance to this black IPA. Aromas is plums, roast, copper, figs, and dates. flavor is grape juice, malt, bitter hops, licorice, roasted grains, chocolate. Medium bodied with a long lasting finish. Stoked I was able to try this. Got even better as it warmed.
joeneugs (5814) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. It pours a dark brown color with a really nice, thick lasting tan head. The aroma is potently citrusy, fruity and floral with mild vinous notes, cocoa, spice and barely any wood. The flavor has much more of the wine barrel influence. Up front itís very strong with a combination of grapefruit, licorice, red wine, spice and pine. Little oak near the finish. The alcohol feels strong here, but the body is not overly thick. The finish is bitter and vinous. Really well balanced and well done as usual.
JulienHuxley (5625) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Nice black pour with off white foam and tons of lacing. Aroma is absolutely enticing - tons of roasted malts, burnt oak, vanilla, piney hops, pepper, five spice, ginger and tons of raisins and plums complete this Łber layered aroma. Taste is roasty, hops and wine barrel flavors coexist remarkably well - I wasnít expecting it to be this harmonious. Palate is quite dry, well carbed, medium bodied, long lasting winey finish. Surprising, and amazingly good. This is one of many beers that I wish to have not shared with Fred ;)
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! great spiciness from French oak. This is absolutely insanely good. How is this possible? This release is the best so far.
tom10101 (5363) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 500 ml. Black with a small persistent brown head and nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, pepper, citrus, raisin, plum and wood. Taste of roasted malt with citrus and strong presence of the wine barrel aging. Mouthfeel is dry but almost creamy too with a vinous finish. Crazily complex but not 100% that all those flavors fits perfectly well together. Still a superb beer!
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Huge thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours near black with a good beige head and nice lacing. Some roast followed by great wine barrel character. Hops come through in bitterness and flavor. Some resin and fruit. Pine. So smooth.
_angst_ (4553) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2012 500 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Dany! Pours extremely dark brown, almost black, with a creamy and slightly bubbly mocha head that slowly dissipates while clinging to the glass and leaving some thick lacing. Smell is sweet, malty, slightly fruity and slightly herbal with roasted malts, caramel, pineapple, peaches, dark chocolate, lemon balm, brown sugar sweetened coffee, grapefruit juice, orange peal, alcohol, passion fruit, pine, sweet dark grapes, elderberries and resinous wood. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter, tiny sour, floral, fruity and tiny herbal with roasted malts, grapefruit juice, green and dark grapes, caramel, resinous wood, juicy plums, passion fruit pineapple, moist freshly cut grass, high quality dark roast coffee, orange peal, bitter chocolate, lemon balm, dill, toffee, black pepper and hints of salty liquorice and tar. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, extremely balanced, very tiny boozy and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and tiny sour with resinous wood, dark grapes, pine, dark roast coffee beans, grapefruit peal, freshly cut grass, lemon zest and hints of caramel. Extremely balanced and extremely nice! This is one of the best beers Iíve ever tried.