novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A remarkable black IPA for the price. I scored a bomber bottle of this for 3.99, which is tough to beat considering whatís inside. The pour itself and the label arenít so easy on the eyes, but donít judge a beer by itís label. Delicious, full bodied, a light tan head and loads of lace on the glass. Lovely malt and hop balanced delicately with one another.
muzzlehatch (4772) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Badger Spirits in Janesville, W, consumed a few minutes out of the fridge from a pint glass. Darkly translucent cola color, moderate to large creamy off-white head that lasts and lasts, thick stable lacing in the glass, a beauty...nose has some expected roastiness, but is dominated by pungent hops; piney, resinous, sweaty and some hints of grapefruit...flavor is - odd - lightly vinous and tart, chocolaty, little sweetness, certainly plenty of toasted malts, with a somewhat bitter, burnt finish with just a hint of caramel...full mouthfeel, low to moderate carbonation. I have my issues with this style generally, at least so far, but this is certainly one of the better examples Iíve had, pretty drinkable and interesting and more complex than most.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some caramel malty tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.
ryanscourt (1362) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served very cold and never really opened up. Light malt flavor with strong hop bitterness. Doesnít gel to much for me.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6737) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a dark brown color with a orange highlights and a huge foamy beige head that lingered and left goo lacing. The aroma was bitter and roasty with floral and piney hops. The flavor was dryish and bitter with strong floral and fruity hops and a bit of caramel coloring bite. Long finish. Medium body. Meh.
olio (9288) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
65 cl bottle. Bottled on 11.03.201x..
Pours coppery red color with a large head. Carboardy aroma, hoppiness is quite faint, caramel and malts. Flavor is also cardboardy and nutty dry, some licorice notes and tar. Sadly, feels very old.
tiong (6447) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2015
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a foamy head. Aroma of roasty malts, hints of grassy hops, berries, cardboard and stuffy notes. Taste is messy with hints of hops and loads of cardboard, stuffy berries and earthiness. Finish is mildly hoppy with some off flavors and cardboard. Something is not right here.
bstewart151 (15) - Parkersburg, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice sweet roasted malt aroma pokes through the creamy head. Not a big hop aroma bomb here, if that's your thing. A crisp finish with a nice bitterness lingering long after. This beer is a Nicky drinkable black ipa. My bottle may be a bit aged as there is almost zero hop aroma coming through. I'll try warming it a bit.
BrewBoxer (2593) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the NYC craft beer festival. Deep black color more malt then hop. Light watery nothing special
ajnepple (5084) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Tipsyís. Black appearance with a lingering tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma of chocolate, citrus, caramel, pine, floral notes, roast and dark malts. Similar flavor, nicely balanced bittersweet flavor. Medium body with a roasty, mild bitter finish. Pretty solid overall.
MarkSachon (937) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Nothing special here -- semi-admirable on taste but lacks the strength of a true black ale.