MaBeer1972 (1244) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bulldog Northeast. Dark and hoppy up front. Lots of pine and herbal spice layered with smoky chocolate. Decent enough, but I am still not a big fan of this style.
jmgreenuk (3263) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can courtesy of Kermis. Poured a deep mahogany with a broken white tan head. The aroma is grassy hop, leading to a smooth, weak liqourice bitter smoky flavour. A superb and rather unusual beer.
sawbuck (237) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aromas of caramel, chocolate, coffee, with faint hops in the background. Beautiful pour, pitch black with dark tan head, very frothy. Smokey, roasted malt in front, followed by bitter chocholate, hint of vanilla. Finishes dry and bitter, but not hoppy bitter, more like dark chocolate. Decent but more like a porter.
kermis (4205) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared. Pours almost black with tan head. Aroma of big roasted malt, grassy hops, light citrus, resin and light chocolate. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
deanso (4507) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can shared with and courtesy of kermis.
Thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Lovely bitterness. Very smooth.
JK (4238) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have had this several times. Most recently from a bottle purchased on the brewery’s opening day. Well roasted malt giving mild coffee and chocolate flavor, as well as moderate hops. Solid palate, and biter finish. I am not a huge fan of this style, but Midnight Ryder pulls it off better than most.
JorgeLee (1026) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap in Republic, Minneapolis. Serious beer this. Dark black. Roasty bitter dry malty flavours, long malty feel, then transition to bitter hop finish. Yeah good stuff.
djroehler (289) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured black with resilient mocha head that clings to the glass. Aroma is rich malt, chocolate, molasses, slight cream. Taste is burnt chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight resin, chocolate and cream sweetness.
Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It tastes very similar to a jazzed up Daytripper. Maybe a little more on the bitter side but I still like it.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A highly roasted piney-citrusy Black IPA. Above average execution of a typical take on the style. Very good.
How: Can 12oz, consumed fresh a few weeks after receiving it from oakbluff, thanks a lot Scott.
The look: Black body topped by a large dark-beige head with good retention.
In long: Nose is rather hoppy (mostly piney but also a bit citrusy) with also plenty of roast, enough roast to push forward a roasted coffee beans aroma. Taste has plenty of roast, some overcooked caramel, burnt wood sensation, bittersweet black chocolate, burnt brown sugar, a shot of espresso, assertive fresh piney bitterness with grapefruity edges. I could feel quite a bit of sweetness from this rich maltiness but the high roast level and piney hop character make for an overall dry sensation. Body is fuller than most hoppy beer of this gravity, carbonation is very lively, true Belgian Ale type of mouthfeel. Not a hop-bomb, bitterness intensity is medium, this is actually a well balanced Black IPA. Nothing original here, I’ve had similar beers many times before, it’s just that this one is of superior quality. I like a beer that is well balanced in which malts and hops perfectly balance each other, I even like words that are well balanced in which consonants and vowels perfectly balance each other, my favourite one is “beer”.