bookman10 (906) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 Pours a dark, dark brown with a fairly thick, lasting, creamy head. Aroma of coffee and roasted grain. Flavor is dominated by the roasted grain and coffee flavors up front, with some nice hop bitterness underneath. Nice smooth mouthfeel and finish. This is one of my favorite BIPAs and the one I most often compare others to.
dinkle50 (1312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a tan head, lace present. Aroma of chocolate and pine with a hint of roasted malt. Full bodied, almost creamy. Taste is full of chocolate, pine and earth. Nice bitter finish, but isn’t overwhelming. Hint of roast in there too. Nicely balanced.
hfmejias (1260) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Fl. Oz. Can. Poured dark brown, cola like, minimal beige head but nice spotty lacing all over the glass. Aroma of pine, caramel and some chocolate. Taste is hoppy, slightly bitter, super well balanced with malts, roasty coffee. Very good, very enjoyable.
Homer321 (4030) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can to glass. Nose is deep cocoa, fudge, breadth, piney. Damn. Actually a beer I like to smell. Taste is moderately ok. Fine. You know what. It’s not bad for a style that sucks balls. But that’s like being the ugliest midget. You’re still a midget. Bleh
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nose is tangerine, cocoa and pine. Medium to full body with a buzz. Substantial stuff. Taste is cocoa, pine needles, espresso and broiled grapefruit. Searching for a bit of sweetness. Bitter, bitter doesn’t work for me. Better than most.
GJF (1499) - 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 (1390) - 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 (20929) - 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 (11499) - 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 (1010) - 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.