gizmo_ber (189) - Steinwenden, - FEB 25, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Strong aroma and unexpected bitterness. Not bad, but I’d prefer a more roasty black than the bitterness in this one.
GJF (1397) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Very black, brown head. I like that it’s far more ipa than most black ales--still has some roast character, but a lot of hop to it. I bought a growler.
BucannonXC5 (1163) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: My cousin Sam
Purchased: N/A; Received July 24, 2015
Consumed: Aug. 7, 2015
Misc.: Canned on May 27, 2015
Poured a black color with four fingers of frothy, tan head. Very nice among of layered, uneven, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good-to-very good retention on the top. (Sight - 4.13)
Smelled dark chocolate, black coffee, toffee, caramel, roasty malts, licorice peppery notes, smokiness and light Citra hops. More hops, but not sure what kinds. (Smell - 4.00)
Tasted bitter black coffee, dark chocolate, roasty malts, black licorice, smoky fire, burnt toast, toffee, caramel, Nugget and woody pine. (Taste - 4.00)
Full body. Slick-to-chewy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, roasty finish. (Feel - 3.88)
This was a pretty good black ale. It reminded me a lot of the Surly Blakkr which I had recently, but not quite as good. (Overall - 4.00)
4.02 90 A
Travlr (17662) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GTMW. Thank you Louis for the recommendation! Pretty much black, brown head. Aroma of floral chocolate with light pine. Taste is bitter chocolate, burnt espresso. Very tasty.
Jkennemer (3) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a can from a 6-pack poured in to a pint glass in Mankato, MN. Very good well rounded black IPA.
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Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce can courtesy of TheHOFF43. Thanks! Dark brown, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, mild floral hops. The taste is roasted malts, nuts, dark chocolate, herbal almost piney hops. Medium bodied.
commonmac (758) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Pint glass. Black with tan head that sticks around for drinking enjoyment. Roasted malt and some citrus hops on the nose. Some smoke. Taste is pretty standard black IPA but it’s above average. Lots of hop with a roasted malt backbone. Little chocolate and coffee. Really enjoyable hop-centric effort that is a good flagship for the brewery. I’d purchase with my one last silver dollar.
mnurda (1214) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Canned sample from Whole Foods in Minneapolis. Pours very dark with minimal head. Absolutely delicious blend of malt and hops. Cant wait to have this one again.
briandwagner (23) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Robust, rich, and hoppy taste with a nice crispness to it. Over all, very good.
edgallow (3077) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can pours black with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, citrus and pine. Taste is resin, citrus, malts and some chocolate.
Obfuscate (336) - Minneapolis, - DEC 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with a beige head. Smells of hops, chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes the same. Very good balance and easy to drink. A great example of the style.