beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber courtesy of a trade with DA. Pours very dark brown, just about black, with a moderate tan head that lasted until mid-glass and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of fruity grapefruit along with some very mild malt. The flavor is most definitely tilted towards the hops with strong pine and grapefruit bitterness. Given the darkness of the beer, I thought there would be more of a roasted malt backbone, but the malt is very subdued. Moderate-strong bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. One for the hopheads.
hayduke (3552) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Poured a very dark brown tending toward black with big foamy tan head. The nose is citrus and floral hops, Medium to full in body with a resin mouthfeel. The flavor is well roasted malts with a big hop set of flavors including pine, citrus, and flowers. There is a nice bitterness that carries over into the finish. To me this sort of defines what a black IPA should do with a great balance between the roasted malts and hops. Very nice.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I fell in love with this beer after the first sip. And I don’t say that often. I just found it that good. It had an enticing nose filled with chocolate and citrusy hops. Then a great mouthfeel and a dryish finish. Huge pine bursts in the mouth right off the bat. A sappy sweetness quickly morphs into an explosive bouquet of hop aromas (pine trees, flowers, wild grasses and mint). Like fresh herbs coated in a resinous syrup. Chocolate and dark grains also take hold of your olfactories. Man, what a tasty, fresh-tasting Cascadian Dark Ale. Easily one of the best I’ve ever had.
gam (3475) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beige head dark pour medium carbonation aromas citrus strong malt notes of good lagers of old for some reason the flavours medium bitter grapefruit lemon caramel apricot resin touch roast coffee a certain crispness the finish fair tasting ale good crisp hops smooth to crisp malts medium bitter nice resin touch good black IPA
Crit (3471) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2011 Deep brown,lasting beige head.Earthy piney hop/ brown sugar nose.. Brown sugar start, piney mid, big long bitter hop finish. Tasty and complex
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sasparilla black body with browned froth head. Lovely merging of carafa roast and cascade hops. Clean, de-bittered roast presence with rolling waves of floral cascade goodness and chocolate undertones. The finish is also Cascade juicy bitterness.
SrSilliGose (3283) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from belmont station. pours a dark brown small tan head. aroma of pine, citrus hops, light cocoa. flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa. hop forward but has a nice dose of roast and chocolate. awesome balance of roast and piney hops. clean, well made. becoming big fan of this style
rederic (3200) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, dark brown color, with a pillowy tan-beige head, with a mild floral leafy, grassy, piney, coniferous, citrus hoppy nose, with some toasted, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate cake, faint roasted coffee bean accents, and with some lemon, grapefruit peel, subtle lemon marmalade notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, chocolate bar, roasted, toasted, caramel, black malt, earthy flowery citrus, grassy, leafy, minty, piney hoppy character, with a light organic ground coffee bean, mint chocolate bar, lemon, grapefruit, orange peel fruity flavours, leading towards a mild chocolatey, earthy leafy, minty, citrus, piney, coniferous hop bitterness finish.
DialSquare (3164) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Proof. Sparse note: light smoke, grain, light bitter. astringent. little thin. cocoa, pine. - 7.0
NachlamSie (2898) - 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. It’s 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.