beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour reveals a pitch black color with a thin beige head. The hops provide a fir tree aroma, there’s also a presence of roasted malt, the aroma is quite appealing. The flavor is superb, a ton of coniferous hops and roasted malt with bitterness in the end. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. This is an awesome black IPA!
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Michael for this rare Lawson’s...Brown beer with an off white head. A small cap forms, so-so lacing...This beer is total hop forward, does makes any bones about it. Hop bomb of flowers and grass, a little citrus helps to balance this pretty nicely...The taste is all hops and nothing else, way to strong its really tough to drink. So bitter, too hop forward.
Decent start but to much hops to drink.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber thanks to Arbitrator. OMG rare, it says it on the bottle! Dark brown in color with a large cascading tan head. Good lacing. Earthy hop aroma, with wet leaves and some substantial roasty notes. Roasty flavor with slight bitter cocoa along with citrusy and earthy hops. Rather bitter. Medium-bodied and dry as hell, very resinous, with softer carbonation. Pretty nice IBA, but I’ve certainly had better as of late.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT. Pours a black body with an inch thick, dense, creamy and frothy, darker brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is solid with lots of citrus grapefruits, tangerines, and fresh pines with a nice chocolate and caramel malt backing as well as a dry, balanced, moderate roast. Flavor is just as nice. Lots of fresh citrus pines up front with some juicy resins coming through. Solid chocolate in the middle with some caramel that still allows the hops to shine as well as the really nice roastiness that comes in. Finishes dry and balanced with a moderate, roasty and piney bitterness along with a nice citrus and chocolate. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, this is one of the better Black IPA’s that I’ve had. Lots of citruses and pines, but a really nice, balanced, big roastiness that gives this a nice dryness all blending with a solid chocolate note. Pretty impressed.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tons of citrus hops in the nose along with plenty of dark malts - chocolate and roasted coffee. The taste is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lots of chocolate, lots of caramel and a ton of citrus. Minor notes of dark fruit and dusty yeast.
Ernesto987 (3041) - Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’m a huge fan ok big roasty super hopped beers. Might be my favorite type of beer. This is another perfect example of it. Amazing job!
Loineshawn (3012) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. nice clean bitter grapefruit and pineapple hops and some bright tropical fruit backed by a pleasant clean roast, dark chocolate, graham cracker, and dry nuttiness. well made. nice balance. could go for a lighter version of this. nicely done.
ReggieDunlap (2795) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a medium mocha head. Aroma is roasty with a touch of coffee...hoppiness creeps in...hint of citrus. Flavor is roasty up front with a touch of peat...good spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a hoppt burnt/roasty finish. Tasty!
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark nut brown, large-bubbled cream head, bit of manure. Nose of pale malt, pine and earth, bit of bread crust. Flavor has long bitter finish, bit of graham cracker, pine, lightly creamy lengthy finish. Very balanced, as I’ve found most of their beers to be.
Beerdedone (2394) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. rare batch79 bottle 50. Pours black with a tan head that left spotty lacing. Roasty earthy hoppy aroma. Flavor was roasted barley with citrus zest, grassy hops, pine and had a touch of caramel with a smooth & creamy finish.