JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with tan head from growler fill. Aroma is roasted malts and brown sugar. Taste is lots of roasted coffee with a nice hop finish. This was damn good.
brokensail (12022) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not surprisingly, this beer is black. Roasted malt and chocolate make up the bulk of the aroma; it’s really not super hoppy. Maybe a hint of earthy and floral hops. As with the nose, roasted malt dominates. Faint floral and grassy hop flavors with only a mild bitterness, but that could just as well be from the grain. Not one of the better black IPAs I’ve had, but compared to some of the other I & I beers, this is a winner...
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Rating #1. Dark black with a nice tan head. Nice aroma, light roast with a good hop presence. Flavor is similar, medium bitterness with a nice balanced roastiness. Good stuff. (2124)