shotgunn (34) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours A darkbrown red not completely black with a thick tan head that sticks around a laces the glass nicely. To the nose it smells of fresh cut grass and I really pick up on the hops that I would expect from an IPA. First taste is crisp and clean and then the bitterness and tang of the hops stick around for a while. Overall I think this is a decent IPA that I could drink on a regular basis, as for it supposing to be a merger of an IPA and a stout I’m still way more partial to Deschutes Brewery’s Knight Rider IPA. Don’t think I’m knocking it at all it is decent beer.
XCKC (13) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma - A delicious chocolate root beer
Appearance - Thin dark ruby brown with playful head, light lacing
Flavor - Pretty good balance of malt to back up the hop. Thin clean finish, but this is acceptable to me for an IPA, not over bitter, but a little bite is present in the end.
Overall - I enjoyed this brew because it had the characteristics of an IPA and carried the taste of a stout as well. Im not a big fan of stouts, but i enjoy the flavor, here you get that flavor in a lighter IPA style.
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle received via trade with ditmier. Pours clear dark brown with an average, creamy, off-white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted grain), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of alcohol, grape, apple, and pear. Medium bodied, sticky and mineral texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.
pjb (1) - USA - MAR 20, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hogan’s Pub in Clarkston WA Great nose and appearance was as advertised, BLACK. Good head and retention wonderful hop presence balanced by it’s alcohol presence.
3fourths (8553) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2009
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Bottle. Cola brown body, tan head. Peppery herbal hop nose, light bread crust, light cheese. First taste is yeast-heavy acidic cheesecloth and stenchy rotting vegetables. Down the drain you go.
paleale80 (7) - Lansdowne, Alabama, USA - MAR 1, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Incredible beer. This was such a complex and different brew. Poured pitch black with a nice tan head, You could smell massive hops instantly. The flavor was hard to comprehend. This was the first of this style of "black IPA’s" I ever had.I kept thinking i was going to get a stout but nope, tasted very hoppy but there definately was a big malt presence as well. Very well done.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a medium coffee brown with a small tan head. Nose is milky, a little funky. Flavors off at first but grow on you a bit. Nice malty backbone, hops poke through a little with some mild spiced grapefruit. Glad I sampled but nothing outstanding.
DickDunnigan (26) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ TFD. Fragrant citrusy hop. Smooth mouthfeel. Dark, dark ruby color. Slight chocolate-like backbone. Good bitter bite. The beer that looks like a porter, but tastes like an IPA, beautiful!
ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep black color with a large white head. the head was different considering it was a black color. Aromas of biscuits and pine. taste of chocolate and cascade hops. a neat beer indeed.
boFNjackson (4189) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Belmont Station... Poured deep, almost opaque, brown with an off-white head. Hops on the nose with a pleasant, toasted roundness. Pretty hoppy up front. Cracker and biscuit flavors in the finish. Straight up IPA that poured like porter.