tcane7 (1664) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Firkin at Johnny Brendas. Pour a deep brown with tan head and mild lacing. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, faint hop presence and mild bitterness.
Darkmagus82 (1436) - - SEP 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-9-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color nearing on pitch black. Upon serving there is a two finger tan colored head. The head sticks around for quite some time slowly fading to leave a fantastic amount of clingy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The smell is delicious. It is heavy of roasted malt and chocolate with a nice balancing of grapefruit and pine hop smells.
Taste – A roasted malt with notes of a chocolate malt and a bit of vanilla sweetness are present upfront. A lighter grapefruit hop is present upfront but grows stronger as the flavor advances getting to a moderate strength by the end. In the end some roasted coffee flavors along with a bit of pine hop and an almost black licorice like flavor come to the tongue leaving a nice slightly bitter but quite pleasantly balanced flavor to be left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to just slightly below average. The feel overall is very nice for the roasted malt and darker flavors of the brew all the while still maintaining a very easy drinking feel.
Overall – This is a really nice example of a black IPA. It’s very drinkable and flavorful in roasted malt and chocolate flavors with enough hoppiness to give it its IPA nature. Head over heels better than their Hop Hog IPA. Give it a go if you have a chance.
snoworsummer (2167) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours very dark opaque brown with a light head. Tastes strong and bitter, like black coffee. Light body and medium carbonation. Smooth, malt feel and aroma.
Beerathon (1187) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in color with thin tan head. Hops are in the nose with roasted malts. A bit of smoky flavor. A very interesting take on the black ipa style.
Nejhleader (1242) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a nice roast malt, hop aroma. Dark black light head. Taste is a decent blend of darker malts and enough hops to still give it an ipa feel
FROTHINGSLOSH (4943) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on draft this beer poured a black color with orange highlights and a medium sized foamy dark tan head that left good lacing. The aroma was toasty coffee, faint cocoa and moderate fruity hops. The flavor was dryish, bitter and roasty with notes of cocoa, coffee and mixed floral hops. Medium length dry and roasty finish with lingering cocoa and hops. Ok and better than most in this style.
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Knick. Rich malty and chocolate nose, with light coffee grounds and light hops. Dark black clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Dry roast black patent malt, dusty with carbonic tang. Dry bitter finish and after. Tasty black IPA.
Foxbush (1280) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg. This was a nice find. The ale poured a deep black with a wonderful full tan head. The head laced down the glass. The aromas were of roasted malts and grain. Hint of pine on the nose. The hops did not dominate the ale. It was milder than I expected. It was excellent with the salmon. The mediium body ale had average carbonation. The finish was bittersweet.
DiarmaidBHK (3418) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at capital ale house downtown. Pours black with an inch of khaki head. A bit of malt on the nose. Slightly sweet on the tongue. The finish has a bit of a hop bite to it. Solid effort from Lancaster.
jcos (1541) - Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Draft at Capital Alehouse - Innsbrook on November 17th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours dark opaque.
Aroma: Aroma of roast, faint pine.
Taste: Light bitterness, roasted malt, faint sweetness..
Palate: Medium light body.
Summary: A solid black IPA. Wasn’t expecting to rate a beer so early in production that night.