Bif (1830) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a black color with a tan head. Aroma of pine, roasted grain and malt. Taste of pine, roasted malt with rye. Distinctive bitterness that lasts into the finish. Medium body, moderate body, with a slightly gritty feel. Not a bad take on the style.
csaso (1889) - Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - fair size tan head, pitch black color, nice citrusy hop aroma and flavor, balanced with a fari amount of roasty malt - pretty good overall
Spiff94 (21) - Glendale, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Kirkwood Station restaurant. Pours an intense deep brown with a small tan head. Smokey, slightly coffee flavors. Not as hop forward as the advertised 85 IBUs made me think. A little thin at the finish, but overall an enjoyable black IPA.
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gregwilsonstl (1703) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black, smells like fresh bread. Burnt, almost charred. Thin lacing.
Tastes like crust off of rye.
jandd1983 (3443) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a dark brown color with a touch of orange highlights and a small beige head. The aroma was roasty with notes of malt, hops and citrus. The taste was medium bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, malt and rye bread. The finish was toasty and mildly spiced with a hoppy aftertaste. Well done.
beastiefan2k (3044) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tulip glass poured to the rim at the brewpub. Color is all black. The beer is all hops, lots of pine dominating in clear and clean hops. In the flavor I think I pick up on some malt bitterness as well, maybe black patent. The bitterness goes well with the hop bitterness. I like the beer but by the end of the glass I just thought I had a bitter beer more than anything. I would like to see another aspect to the beer.
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted pine aroma. Roast more prominent.. black with dark beige head. Good lacing head becomes a ring quick. Taste is roast with bitter citrus. Good beer. Best I’ve had here.
seymour (1798) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2015 ORIGINAL RATING 12/2/2011: Tasted on tap at brewpub in sampler glass. Transparent, dark, dark reddish brown color, weak off-white head but lots of lace. Aromas of heavy, perfumey, woodsy, earthy hops, bread and caramelized brown sugar, fruity yeast esters. Flavor was predictable pub-ale malt bill plus slight roastiness and multi-layered hops bitterness, more citrus than before. Light-medium body with tart, crisp rye mouthfeel. Long lasting bittersweet aftertaste. An easy-drinking, very well-crafted beer. Recommended.
UPDATE 11/2/2014: Tasted again at the St. Louis Brewers Guild Harvest Festival on cask dosed with brewery’s homegrown Cascade green hops. Perfect condition, delicious.
vyvvy (5132) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at 2011 Augusta Bottoms fest - Pours very dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma has lots of dank hops, tropical fruit, dark caramel and smooth maltiness. Medium smooth body with a modest amount of carbonation on the finish. The flavor starts like the aroma and is very balanced. The finish gets a bit hoppier, adds some spice and shows hints of roastiness. Nice beer.