Suttree (4452) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, or maybe more of a very dark red. Decent head. Ever had, like a grapefruit and cup of coffee for breakfast? Well, that’s pretty much what you’ve got here...
DruncanVeasey (6114) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, The Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. Ruby with a creamy white head and lacework aplenty. Soggy biscuit and Turkish delight aroma with some good musky hop behind it. Full of hop floweriness, orange skin and lemon zest with a balancing crumb of nut. Tasty but a touch one-dimensional.
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap @BT-pours a tan head that laces with dark brown color. Aroma is cocoa-dark malt. Taste is cocoa-dark malt, 2nd pine hop. A session feel.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Mahogony beer with a cream colored head. Light toasty aroma with malt andlight grapefruit. Brown malt flavor with grapefruit and pine. Medium bodied. Toastiness and malt lingers with grapefruit and pine.
JCB (3801) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at City Beer, SF. The pour reminded me of a kind of port wine, with a modest head, and overall I found it nothing too impressive to look at. The nose was average, with the roasted malts fairly understated and not much else signifying any character. The taste was also underwhelming, with only moderate bitterness and not too much hop character. I’d put it somewhere just slightly south of Krunkles.
hopscotch (8215) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler… Clear, dark ruby ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The nose offers subtle dark-roasted grains and hints of cocoa and pine. Light to medium-bodied and mildly creamy with tingly carbonation. The flavor leans bitter and lightly singed. Crisp, medium bitter, grassy finish.
marcus (5004) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Freakin Frog. Pours black with a thin beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a sweet molasses flavor and a little carbonation with a dry bitter finish.
jeremytoni (2709) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the tap poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Nice hoppy flavor with a lingering bitter finish.
PilsnerPeter (3019) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap: Pours a deep brown with a tan film. Aroma has molases, chocolate and some mild plasticy phenols. Sweet flavor with chocoloate and molasses. Too much maltose and not enough hops. Eh.
joeneugs (2143) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear brownish amber with a large off white head. The aroma is very sweet with a touch of brown sugar, molasses and fruity hops. The flavor is cloyingly sweet with hints of cocoa, molasses, and brown sugar. I was dissapointed in the lack of hop punch in this. Only mild bitterness in the finish. Not really a black IPA.