travita (3857) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. The smell is malts, hops, more malts, roasty, and slight chocolate. The look is brown, clear, not much head. The taste is hops, slight malts, more fruits.
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a decent tan head and toasty aroma. There is a well-balanced flavor featuring roasted malt and tasty hops. It reminds me of an English stong ale.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with billowing head. Lots of perfumey floral hops balanced with roasted dark malt. Moderate bitterness lingers in the finish. Very perfumey. Well done.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours a dark brown/black with tan head. Aroma is very hoppy and kinda over powers the dark roasted notes. Flavor isnít much different, has some sharp pine. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not all that bad.
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pretty good offering, had on tap at HUB in Portland. Nothing spectacular but would have again.
mar (4794) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. deep brown almost black with a cream head. nose is fresh piney hops, esters, and a light bitterness. nice on the palate, flavors of light hops, bitterness, and a smooth finish.
NachlamSie (2738) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint at brewpub. Pours darn black. Itís basically the same shade as their stout. Delightfully hoppy aroma on this one. Plenty of grapefruit and dank herbs make this smell super nice. Hops transfer well to the flavor. Grapefruit flavors clash well with chocolaty malts. Great American style ale.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body, creamy an head, aroma is mocha chocolate coffee with some fresh west coast hops, flavor is big malts, thick caramel, chucks of chocolate, some deep roast, a wide hop flavor and a hint of smoke, an amazing ale, one of the best beers Iíve had in a long time, really great stuff!
thirdeye11 (5505) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) deep brown with light cream head. Nose of juicy citrus, and pumpernickel bread. Taste of grapefruit, bread, with a light body.
DuffMan (6555) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled (draught) at the SpringBeerFest in Portland. Deep walnut brown, amber highlights. Aroma of resin, capsicum, burnt malts. Palate equally showcases earthy roast and leafy bitter hops. An excellently balanced black IPA with heaps of character that really SHOWS its blackness. I find many black IPAs hide the dark malts under a boatload of hops, but this one lets everything shine through beautifully. A standout.