Slipstream (1924) - USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is first rate - piny, boreal, floral, and a tad yeasty. It has that slightly acrid hop/burnt grain taste that I associate with black IPAs, and makes me like them less than other IPAs. However, this is balanced with a few other tastes rolling around the palate, e.g. caramel and herbs. Good.
keepersj12 (2512) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A surprisingly light aroma of fresh cut grass, some fruit and bread.
The flavor is crisp with a nice bitterness over a bit of sweet malt. The finish is a bit sweet with some fruit coming through.
Beerathon (885) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where the hell are the hops? If itís advertised as a Black IPA, it damn well better deliver on the hop profile, which it didnít. The base beer is ok, but it plays off more like porter.
TomDecapolis (4386) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep almost black with a bubbly off white head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of caramel, molasses and citrusy /floral hops. Flavor of caramel, orange hop notes, toffee and hints of molasses. Dry and abv well hidden.
kramer (4568) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown body under a frothy one finger light brown head that left a lot of heavy lacing. The nose is pretty intense and fresh with lots of floral and slightly resiny hops. A nice chocolate and lightly roasty malt base with a light hint of coffee. The flavor is really hoppy, but the bitterness is kept in check really well, which makes it very easy drinking and almost refreshing to drink, which is a bit weird for such a big beer. Nice chocolate and coffee notes from the malt, minimal sweetness, lingering lightly bitter finish. Light to medium bodied with soft gentle carbonation. Excellent beer, one of the best Iíve had in quite a while.
bth122 (1110) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black color. Decent head. Aroma of floral/citrus hop, roasted malt. Aroma is a bit like 90 min. Taste is roasted malts, with bunches of hops. Medium bitterness at least, but enough malt to almost balance it. nice texture. Pretty good stuff.
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BREWMUSKCLES (2143) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
some big pine and alcohol like kerosene. bitter and ashy. body like it was full of smoke. some burnt coffee it actually is not overdone and a bit two dimensional. doesnít seem like this boozy.
rxeight (977) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black brown not completely opaque . Fairly hoppy some floral and pine. Has the ryeness that is typical of black IPAs. lingering pine and rye. tasty
Voodoo (243) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very deep brown with a decent off white head. Aroma is malty roast. Taste is booz, then chocolate with very subdued hoppiness and ending with the alcohol dominating and bitterness and almost chewy.
jb (2019) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another bottle from Ron in a nice trade. This is a ímehí style for me, and this one is not one of the few that break the ímehí mold. A mix of dark and IPA stereotypes, without much holding it together. Plenty of aroma, plenty of taste, itís just the cohesiveness and vision that lacks, thatís all.