EtTuCthulhu (1023) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is black with a large, pillowy light brown head, and the aroma blends resin and floral hops with roasted malts. The taste doesn’t initially hit you as many black IPAs do because the slight umami doesn’t overwhelm the mild bitterness and slight sourness from the hops; however, the malty bitterness does come through more in the finish as the hop flavor fades slightly. The palate rounds this beer out nicely with the slick texture, medium body, and a soft carbonation.
FestDecBeet (132) - - AUG 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look: pours a dark brown. Light tan head. Thick lacing.
Smell: very hop forward. Pine. Citrus. Very bitter. Dark roasted maltiness.
Taste: dark roasted malts. Slight pine. Grapefruit. Lemon. Tangerine.
Feel: very dry. Leaves a thin film on the mouth. Medium carbonation.
Overall: great black IPA. Very hop forward. Love the way there is a slight maltiness to it. A little more balanced than a normal IPA.
First drank: home 8/21/14
slowrunner77 (444) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid VERY aromatic black IPA. The nose is fantastic (9.5)...as hoppy as hop stoopid with just enough dark malts to balance and make more complex. your nose will continually wander back to the glass or bottle. Feel is a little lighter than expected, as is the flavor (given the aroma) but this is solid across the board and one of their best. A very nice addition to the black ipa family :
sfontain (802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Whole Foods, Dublin, OH, for $5.99, into 16 oz tumbler. Super dark near-black garnet brown; massive, ridiculous, creamy, white brown head; huge amounts of lacing left behind by a quarter-inch layer of head that’s still in place with less than 2 oz of liquid in the glass--insane. Deep, sweet, dark aroma, yet bright citrus underlies the whole thing; caramel, brown sugar, toffee, with floral notes. Lots of light, silky carbonation. Medium-full mouthfeel; medium sticky yet oily and slick. This would rank very, very highly for me if I were more a fan of the style.
fitwitchik (283) - USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber into a Lagunitas pint glass a darkest brown black with a tan head.Aroma is roasty citurs Flavor is grapefruit, cocoa, bitter finish. Settles well on the tongue.
jjgmd (1402) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brass Tap, Pembrook Pines with Z, pours a pitch black color with a nice java head. Nose is deep citrus, with a predominance of passion fruit , very fragrant. Taste is citrus, with a predominance of mostly grapefruit with some resin and pine. Finish is again citrusy with a long lingering bitter sweet finish. Great BIPA. Quaff Score 8 / 10
zgaier (1359) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brass Tap Pembroke Pines. Pours black with a brown head and aroma of sweet hops, citrus, and tropical fruits. Taste is bitter, hops, citrus, and tropical fruits with roasted malt and burnt notes underlying leading into the slight bitter, dry, roasty smooth finish. Great black IPA
paintedmaple (395) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap...the pour is black silk and the mouthfeel follows - incredibly smooth - my mouth was overjoyed with this substance in it. Very complex with lots of subtle flavors making themselves known and yet all in harmony. May all beers aspire to be this good.
sulawang (610) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Visual: Pours dark cola brown with a smallish but super long lasting top-foamy/bottom bubbly head, a wall of super sticky lacing, a meteor shower of CO2 activity.
Nose: lively grapefruit citrus hops despite its stout-like appearance (lvl-6)-pungency
Attack: incoming hops
Mid-palate: immediate pineapple, ultra bright (lvl-6)-sweetness, fizzy, (MAIN) soft caramel malts, resin, *hint* chocolate
Finish: sweet malts + sharp pine/grapefruit hopped bitterness, a touch of roast.
Summary: A heroic balance of bitter hopped character, bright fruitiness, dark malts and gentle sweetness. Full-bodied and very drinkable, all for a great price.
kevinsenn (1057) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a foamy tan head. Brilliant C-hop aroma with a hint of roasted grains. Taste is well-balanced; starts off sweet with citrus fruits, moves into licorice, roasty notes, and a bitter finish creeps up. Silky smooth body. Very nice.