ReggieDunlap (2927) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin lt mocha head. Aroma is lightly tart and winey with dark fruits and roast. Flavor is winey and tart with underlying roast and some coffee...light piney hops and nice oaky notes...faint booziness. Mouthfeel is medium with a winey/piney dry finish.
PhillyCraft (2850) - 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.
JulienHuxley (2516) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - 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 über layered aroma. Taste is roasty, hops and wine barrel flavors coexist remarkably well - I wasn’t 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 ;)
_angst_ (2371) - Göteborg, 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 I’ve ever tried.
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very murky dark brown swampy in color with a creamy bright cocoa head. The aroma brings sweet winey barrel a little more prevalent than citrusy hop flavors that are present, but a beautiful blend overall. The flavor brings bitter orange notes from the hops that seem nicely enhanced by the wine barrel flavors that help give a dry ending.
Huhzubendah (2266) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottles acquired from the release last weekend. Couldn’t wait any longer. Shared this with Brad while watching Le Tour de France.
Served in my new Hill Farmstead wine glass.
The beer has a beautiful appearance. Dark brown with a thick, lasting, oily beige head. Seemingly everlasting retention with a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.
The aroma offers roast, pine, malt, caramels, wine, oak. Fabulous.
The flavor is fabulous as well, imparting an elegant sour and tart character. Gracefully balanaced. Oak, pine, hops, caramel malt, wine, sweet and sour.
The feel on the palate is ridiculous. Alcohol...where?!? Silky smooth and wonderful.
Overall, this is without question the best black IPA I have ever had, although this is a bit of a diversion from that style. Regardless, a phenomenal brew. So glad I made it to this release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-21-2012
Steve_0 (2234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pitch black in appearance with a small khaki head and great lacing. Smell is very hop forward with aromas of grapefruit, wine notes, tannin, light char, and grass. Smoke, tobacco, light grapefruit, graham crackers, and dark fruit with a lightly bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well and really easy to drink.
tom10101 (2218) - 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!
craftycarl21 (2135) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Again, giant thanks to my man oteyj for saving a bottle of this for me!! Pre-Farmhouse Festival 2012 tasting, 500 ml. Pours a not-quite-black with a bubbly light beige head. Nose holds big resiny pine and loamy earthen hop character with touches of oaky vanilla sweetness. Slight scallion bite and caramel/brownie sweetness residing in the background of the aroma; great so far. The flavor is absolutely stunning, with the oak and vinous dark fruit sweetness immediately up front, then quickly giving way to rich, dark hop profile of spruce, sap, with dry red wine character melding with the bitterness beautifully. Complex, a touch of boozy heat which I honestly really like in congruence with the other aggressive characters of this beer, and the usual lovely HF carbonation. A work of art, particularly in a style that seems to get more and more difficult to make distinctive.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a robust tan froth. Huge vinous notes in the nose with piney herbals and juicy fruit nectar, all sitting upon a massive base of chocolate roast. The flavor starts with a blast of creamy milk chocolate, turning to dark chocolate and cocoa nib, and eventually finishing with roasty barley notes. Assertive hop character in the flavor as well, with ample bitterness to complement the bitterness of the dark malts. Fruity depth and hints of evergreen sneak in as well. Warming but not boozy. Massively thick rich palate with creamy effervescence and a roasty sweet finish. Awesome.