ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into glass- huge aroma that reminds me nearly of a smoked porter, that burnt smokey aspect. Dark brown nearly black beer, more carbonation on it than my previous rated beer the Off The Rails. Taste is good with some bitter chocolate along with a nice full body. Much better beer than the previous Karl Strauss beer I was drinking.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours rich dark black with a good two fingers of tan foam. No real rye presence in the nose, mostly dark toasty malt and bitter coffee notes. Taste is a pleasant surprise up front, as a rye-filled malt assault hits the tongue, with a touch of bitter black coffee rises up and then gives way to an almost tart rye finish. Solid body, nice mouthfeel, oily and slick, and pleasant lasting finish. Booze is present but well integrated. Good brew.
larryLSB (456) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber, dark brown with medium tan head. Malty, roasty nose, hints of citrus. Nicely balanced taste, medium bodies with a bitter finish.
bnoel09 (455) - Elk Grove, California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a shaker. Color is black with a dense tan head. Aroma is malty and nutty with some chocolate and floral hops. Flavor is chocolate with nutty notes and floral hop flavors. Medium bodied. Nice lacing. Overall this is a really nice black IPA.
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask night at Karl Strauss. Smooth flavor with, pine, toasted malt, and a touch of grapefruit. This is the kind of beer that made me decide I like some IPAs.
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice beer rye spiciness coffee and chocolate tones finishes with a sharp bittern pine note enjoyed
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours completely opaque black with small foamy brown head. Aroma is piney hops with chocolate. Earthy hops up front followed by unsweetened cocoa and finishes sticky and smooth with an almost stout-like chocolatyness. Very slight lingering bitterness makes this quite an impressive little drink. I’ve generally not been a fan of KS, and this might be the first KS brew I’ve sincerely enjoyed, so I hope they are stepping up their game!
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with little head. Smelled mostly of coffee, but had some bourbon notes. Tasted of coffee, chocalate, and had a nice spicy finish. Serve a little warmer than normal.
brewtal_brewer (1) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2011 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Long lasting Thick brown head. Chocolate in front,
slight alcohol aftertaste
Rye is predominant but not overpowering
Heavily hopped but not overly bitter
Overall good beer