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 (9015) - 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 (4198) - 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.
nuplastikk (5668) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber. Pours a deep brown/stained glass red color. Big, thick, foamy head. Sweet dark malt and syrupy hop aroma. The taste is odd, not quite what I had hoped for in the style. Harsh soapy hops with a sugary sweet malt background. A little disappointing, but the brown sugary sweetness kind of saves it. Unique at best.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: November 21, 2008
Source: Liquid Solutions
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: roasted and dark chocolate aroma with sweet pine
Flavor: roasted malt flavor, lots of pine, dark chocolate and citrus, lots of hops and roasted malt
Overall: good, but the flavors do not really mesh together too well
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very sweet smell, similar to that of fruity milk. very dark colored, mostly brown with a little bit of red and orange. has a sweet flavor as well that is pleasing but difficult to identify. has a very full, maybe even overly busy finish. has a very strong hoppy flavor and is quite bitter. B