mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lovely deep molasses black with a brief brown head. Earthy light hop aroma. Slightly sweet brown ale with a very earthy taste, lightly biting hop bitterness. Good carb, thinnish body. Quaffable, but slightly odd earthy taste.
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Piney hop aroma. Deep brown with faint off-white head. Pitchy, resinous hops. Roasted malt appears in the background. Medium bodies with a gentle finish. Interesting approach with formidable hops providing the majority of the flavor.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Deep cola in color, large frothy light beige head, nice lacing.   Combination burnt malts,
lactose, pine, hops, charred wood, and campfire on the nose.   Not as malty as the nose suggested, moderate hops,
slight bitterness, a little charred wood/peat background.   Has a bit of cow pasture and minor astringency.
Finishes fairly clean tho.   Has a decent amount of sweetness, comes across as a bit of pine and lactose.
Body and mouthfeel are moderate, but does feel its on the thin side.   It almost needs to be more hoppy, more
malty, and sweeter.   This seems like a Black Pale Ale almost.   Otherwise, not bad, a little simple for this
new style.   Perhaps a good gateway example.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to olympuszymurgus!Transparent dark brown, red highlights. Dank mint, earthy nose of light flour. Flavor is more malt up front, light green bitterness and pine with something that reminds me of cat litter. Very salty, piney earth finish. Light profile throughout, nothing dominates the other elements, but then again there isnít much here.
carboloader (639) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From big bottle. Some roast and odd spearmint flavor. Not much in the way of bitterness. Pretty bland and flat overall. Nothing compared to Barley Brownís. These guys should stick with what they know best.
beersearcher (2168) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
First off, the name really doesnít work for me. Cola colored. Has a bit of an oil smell. Perhaps too much of one type of hops? Hoppy and bready mixture.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft. deep brown with cola colored edges and a tan head. up front itís licorice astringent black patent and roast with cheesecloth yeast / hop character... so it has the bitterness of the roasts grains with an oily soy sauce flavor, and a terribly thinning and acidic / fizzy texture. weak malt structre throughout, and lacks pretty much any aromatic hop character
expected in IPA.
ludhaber (38) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer has a pleasant hop aroma but the bittering hops dominates an otherwise clean finish. The dark malts do not contribute excessive tannins.
chuckstout (167) - Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Citrus, floral and bread aromas. Pours a near black with a off white head. Light mouthfeel good bitterness some dry roast and resin decent ipa, but not a CDA they should have stuck with calling it a black ipa. False marketing.
Nikiel (830) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle with Carla. Pours dark brown with tan foam. Smells very bitter with grassy notes. Tastes bitter with plant matter overtones and hint of roasted barley.