HonusWagner (1682) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The style heavily limits my enjoyment of this beer, but itís got a nice piny aroma reminiscent of being in an evergreen forest and a slight almost minty quality. Iím still not a fan of black IPAs but this is a good one.
theOptimator (301) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is Lagunitas citrusy hops with a sweet malty background, hint of molasses. Appearance is nearly black with a frothy tan head. Taste is hop bitterness and flavor forward, large malt present as well, roast is present but easily confused with the high IBUís. Palate is medium full. Crisp and clean but with big malt. Overall a very nice beer. Probably my favorite of this style, which I typically do not enjoy. That said... if you closed your eyes you might think this was a malty IPA, roast is not too pronounced.
Bricks (684) - Delaware, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks and tastes like a roasted porter. Smells like an IPA. Quite a hybrid. Not bad.
zach8270 (3773) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz - 2015 vintage) Dark brown pour with a puffy tan head. Piney and roasty aroma. Lots of pine and roasted malt and chocolate in the flavor with a dry and bitter finish. Lingering resin aftertaste.
UncleKorm (998) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a black hue w/ large frothy tan head and big sticky lacing. Bold piney aroma. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a bold bitter finish. Tastes are piney hop, coffee, light melon and light grass. Medium bodied.
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LiquorHound (24) - Texas, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From cask - Poured a dark black with minimal head. Has some apricots and berries on the nose. Taste - Thin to medium mouth feel. The apricots come through and it finishes clean and fairly malty with a hint of star anise. Not great but not horrible. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rjb847 (4) - - APR 12, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured black with nice tan head. Nice hoppy aroma. With the hops forward followed by a nice roasted malt character. Not to bitter that you would expect. Throw on some David Gray and relax.
GMCC2181 (1542) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz) from stateline. Poured into a snifter big ole rocky head that sticks around, black in color. Lacing left all over the glass. Nose of roasted malts and fresh hops. Reminds me of a porter... nose is chalky/ashy. Taste is initially lots of roasted malts, followed by a nice hop presence but not over whelming or IPA like. Dry and easy drink. Overall nice black IPA even though I wish they didnít call it that. Pairs well with Bob Seger night moves or Jimiís night bird flying!
Jared_Clifton (38) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with tan head and lots of chunks at the bottom. Smells pint, roasty and plums. Tastes bitter from the hops then a coffee and roasty after taste. Best black IPA i've had.
MarkSachon (690) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. One to savor, like a late night brandy. Truly a unique experience that shouldnít be missed.
odinstyr (579) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small head. Smells of bread an hops - spruce
Taste is bitter and moderately sweet, hoppy but balanced.