ryanfolty (2334) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2012 December 15, 2012 on tap at brewery. Dark brown pour with nice head and lacing. Roasted malt, hops and spice in aroma and taste. Slight bitter finish and light carbonation.
December 26, 2012 can from Blue Max. Pour is very dark with some red at the edges. Chocolate also in the aroma. No change to my ratings.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can: Dark brown pour with a medium tan head.
aroma is chocolate and pine.
Milk chocolate sweetness combines with light burnt malt and piney bitterness. A bit thin in the body towards the finish, but nice rounded out roasted malt flavour with a lingerinng bitterness.
beastiefan2k (3261) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can purchased at Zipp’s in Minneapolis, Minnesota and gifted to me by Tim. Canned on 11/01/12 according to the sticker on the six pack holder. Thick, sticky head on a dark brown almost black body. Looks pretty. Hops dominate but I really like a nice cocoa/bittersweet chocolate tickles the back of the throat as it is going down. Has a medium-light yet rich body, which makes it feel like chocolate-hop syrup drink. Aroma all pine and citrus hops with an indistinct malt background. I like it, thanks Tim. Poured into an 8oz mini nonic.
mnmike (1075) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Muddy Waters in Minneapolis. Interesting aromas. Had this right after a Surly Mild and they were very similar, this one a bit better.
queenholly (3609) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can courtesy of Atom. Sweet milk chocolate and spruce hops aroma. Deep mahogany with a large tan head. Roasty malt, milk chocolate, and piney hops flavor. Body on the light side of medium, soft carbonation. Good stuff. I love black IPA’s.
Johnsense (1216) - - NOV 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2016 Very dark brown pour, a thumbs worth of tan head. Aroma of spruce, pine, dark cocoa, coffee. Bitter up front, pine, spruce, slight citrus fruit, some coffee bitterness, cocoa, roasty. Medium body. Everything works well together here - Sessionable, with tremendous balance.
drfabulous (6025) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce can thanks to khoffman43. Big hoppy pine nose. Tons of aroma. Super carbonated pour. Not overly chocolate or like some black IPAs that border on stouts. But very nicely done and tasty.
Sammy (10660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very good beer, black with generous head. A substantive roast, yet takes an appropriate submissiveness to the hop story. Very smooth drinker, with a roast not a coffee bitterness in the finish. The aroma of roast, chocolate, spruce, pine combs. Thanks John.
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with some lacing. Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and some pine hops. Palate is smooth with a lighter body than expected. Taste is bitter, sweet, and roasted, all well balanced together at first with a very long bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable.
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can purchased at Zipp’s in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Canned on 11/01/12 according to the sticker on the six pack holder (nice solution to the dating challenge). The pour is a deep brown black with a one inch tan head. The aroma is a light dark chocolate, fresh cracker malt, tropical citrus hops and a bit of pine. The taste is the toasted cracker malt, then unsweetened chocolate, light orange citrus fruit hop, and then finishes with a light roast and a gentle pine flavor. Nice progression of flavors. The palate is medium to light bodied, very dry and roasty in the finish. Nice one. Thanks to Tyler, and my Dad, for the assist on this one.