ScipioA (283) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like soda in a glass, dark purpleish brown with a small tan head around the rim of the glass. The nose is all classic American hops. Citrus, pine, and quite a bit of weed in there too. My neighbors actually started smoking as I was halfway through the glass, for a second I was really confused why the aroma of the beer go so powerful. Some minor woodsy roasted aromas and alcohol as well. The flavor allows the malts to take some prominence, surprisingly sweet and refreshing on top of the pine and citrus hops. Absolutely perfect mouthfeel, smooth and thick body that foams up a little as you swish it around. Good interpretation of the Black IPA from Jack’s Abby, it’s certainly closer to that than a traditional Schwarzbier.
hopscotch (9064) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Pours black with a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Terrific retention. Chocolate really stands out in the bouquet. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with airy carbonation. The flavor is burnt, chocolaty, roasty and bitter. Charcoal and unsweetened black chocolate in the aftertaste. Muchos gracias to biggsbowler for sharing his bottle!
JBPortland (736) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle pours dark rich brown with light edges and 2 fingers of head. Nose is light roast chocolate, piney evergreen, fresh cut grass. Taste is balanced body with nice roasty soft chocolate malt, fresh grassy pine, subtle orange notes. Finish is medium bitterness, touches of roasty smoke, pine. Great!
gendv138 (1192) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16.9 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Pours dark brownish black with 3 and a half fingers of fluffy off-white head. Nice webby lacing as the head recedes slowly. Aromas of pine, floral hops, chocolate, roast, light coffee. Tasting notes of big pine, resin, dark chocolate, caramel, roast, floral and piney hops. A bit of toffee and rye as well. Medium body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic beer!
ROBC3366 (600) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice black pour tan head. Roasted malt aroma and some choppy characteristics. Medium smooth body with light carbonation. Clean. Roasted malt some sticky hop flavor hint of char. Good stuff
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bellco33 (286) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into snifter: Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, malt, and smoke. Taste is really nice, a lightly smoked slightly sweet lager, lots of roasted malt, and a resiny hop kick. Medium body, dry finish. Excellent beer.
HonkeyBra (3325) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a dark brownish black with a large tight tan head. It quickly fades, leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is pine and citrus, some tropical fruit and melon notes. Mild chocolate, roast, and ash notes. Flavor is crisp, hoppy, heavily bitter. Mostly pine and resin notes, light spruce. Upfront roasted and chocolate malt notes. Full bodied, creamy texture, finish is somewhat abrupt, mostly fruity.
BlowOffTube (450) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice black pour tan head. Roasted malt aroma and some choppy characteristics. Medium smooth body with light carbonation. Clean. Roasted malt some sticky hop flavor hint of char. Good stuff.
swoopjones (5725) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Blue Monk, great beer, medium to fuller bodied, big roastiness with a load of piney hops. Would favorably match up with any Black IPA
msnelling09 (153) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a deep, chocolaty brown with a massive head of creamy, sand colored bubbles. The head sits two finger’s widths above the glass with a nice lasting retention and a puzzle grid of thin lacing. On the nose, the beer smells delicately of roasted coffee beans and damp pine forests. Smooth dark chocolate works its way into the nose alongside musty earth and subtle dankness. The balance on the nose between hops and malt is quite nice and intriguing. As I sniff for longer I start to sense oranges dipped in chocolate, which is quite inviting. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter with roast and hoppy bitters. The finish brings a splash of sweet chocolate and bready malts, and a pop of citric acidity also lingers in the finish. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet citrus lemon, quickly falling into bitter pine resin and decadently toasted bread, blending roasted coffee and espresso bean flavors through rich dark chocolates. Subtle grass and herbal hops work their way into the finish alongside a beautiful burp of milk chocolate and toasted oatmeal bread. The aftertaste is of moderately bitter pine resin, which sticks to the roof of the mouth. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a middling carbonation and a crisp, snappy mouthfeel that provides nice drinkability and scrubs away some of the heavier roast and bitter flavors. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left with slight spittle in the cheeks, soft bitter burn down the middle of the tongue, and a sticky resinous feel on the roof of the mouth. Overall, this is a beautifully balanced hoppy lager. Terrific pine and roasted malts tango on the tongue in a way that I very much appreciate. The closest thing to compare this to would be an American Black Ale, but this beer is miles ahead of that style in terms of balance. This could please a hop head and a roasted malt lover at the same time. Another superb beer from Jack’s Abby.