Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle
This particular black IPA was not my cup of tea but is still a fine beer. It wasn’t difficult to finish off the bottle despite it being filling and a little heavy by the end. Don’t let this one sit around - drink it fresh and enjoy a superb experiment.
Aroma / Appearance - The inky black fluid pour clings to the sides of the glass. A billowing musty brown head looks like a pile of dead leaves that have crumbled into dust. Anise, chocolate, spruce, and resin spark the inner hophead.
Flavor / Palate - The resin manifests itself immediately in the form of a piney bite. Dark high quality chocolate and anise rise up before a soft feel of ethanol infuses the palate in warmth. The last experience is of a bitter finish that sticks on the back of the throat. I can’t wait to try the new Goose Juice and see if Hoppin’ Frog can carry their momentum to another gem.
dagimp (598) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Only wish this was fresher. Bottle from the brewery purchased about 6 weeks ago. No date. Clean grassy aroma. Dark pour with little white head. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. Easily drinkable. Taste is cappuccino, mint, grass, lemon, and green grapes. Very good this is. Only wish it was fresher and it could be great.
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teddybeer (1484) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with fiulijn @ El Pedal. Black colour with an off-white head with an average duration and lacing. Aroma is toasty, slightly sweet with wooden notes and raisins. Flavor is creamy, slightly bittery with coffee notes, chocolate and buttery. Slightly bittery in the final with an average duration.
Vells (254) - LATVIA - MAY 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bit hazy dark brown almost black with medium off white head. Lacing.
Aroma.. roasted malts, hops, pine, citrus.
Sweet with decent bitterness.
Good balance, quite interesting and drinkable, but something lacks to say that I liked it a lot
yngwie (10758) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 22oz. It pours a dark brown body, almost clear, and topped by a dense, finger-thick beige head. Roasted nose with pine cones, some licorice and a lightly spiced, peppery touch. The flavor has a nice bitterness and the same spices touch found in the aroma, as well as roasted malts as a backdrop for the piney, bitter hoppyness. Full body with some warmth. Some roasted malts, but mostly bitterness in the end. A nice one indeed, tasteful and sort of easy drinkable. 121005
BRW (192) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at CBC. Black colour with small off-white head. Hoppy herbal aromas. Hoppy taste, with sweet hints. Not much bitterness.
Ktwse (706) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, light pine, coffee. Taste is light bitter from roasted malt more than hops, well controlled. Body is light-ish, fresh, soft carbonation.
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DCLawyer (687) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber->tulip. Black with large light tan head. Aroma: pine, dark fruit, roasted malt. Taste: caramel, roasted malt, dark fruit, citrus hops. Nice.
Niko100 (1486) - New York, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted caramel malt, pine hops, & citrus; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, hops, and some citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Solid.
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz-very thin lt tan-mahogany. A-roasty/molasses/licorice-dk malt, 2nd earthy hop. T-anise/licorice bite-dk malt, pine hops. Slightly slick mouthfeel. Better cool vs cold.
wlajwl (2897) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is chocolate/dark/earthy malts and an undercurrent of citrus. The flavor is chocolate, dark malts, mild earthiness, citrus, mildly tart and the bitterness showing up in the finish. Much more balanced in the malts than expected and that is rare in that it is a good thing because so many mess it up, this was a great ale.