philipmeese (81) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber delivered from the brewery same day at Warren Store. Pours opaque black/brown with a very healthy, lasting foamy head. Aroma deep hops with toasty light chocolate highlights. Body full with soft carbonation. Flavor broadly balanced with soft salty front morphing to bitter middle. Aftertaste tapers imperceptibly. Overall this is a wonderfully complex and sophisticated beer that manages to pull the best out of a dark beer with a carefully balanced bitterness with no lasting bite.
swoopjones (4940) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour, big roast, diminishing bitterness. Should of cracked this earlier. Roast forward black IPA. Green hops underneath heavier roasted malts. Nice black ipa
jbeatty (850) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Prohibition Pig, 07/26/2013. Dark brown pour, light tan head fades to a haze on the surface, sticky lacing. Aroma is pulpy grapefruit and melon, mild pine notes, sweet tangerine, lighter layer of dark roasted malts behind fresh hoppy goodness. Taste is dark piney hops, intense bitterness when combined with cocoa, espresso, heavy roast. Medium body, dry finish. Really tasty, good hoppy kick and roast character, though perhaps a bit unbalanced toward the hops.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just an awesome example of a black ipa. Big hoppy up front with a roasted finish. Delicious!
Ed5388 (1262) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber thanks to Onebigtymer11. Pours a deep dark brown/black color with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is musty, wood, earth, rubber, and roasted malt. Taste is is burnt wood, ash, roasted malt, slight citrus, with earthy dank hop bitterness.
Jool (152) - - JUN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 22 oz. Nez tres discret, aqueux, sur des effluves de houblon. Corps moyen, bouche de grains grilles bien balancee par l’amertume. Finale seche avec une sensation assechante. Bonne sans etre spectaculaire.
rxeight (807) - Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good black ipa, malty, hoppy, touch or rye. Medium body. No bitterness. Very sweet on the aroma but not on the taste.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A highly roasted piney/wooden Black IPA. Very good session beer.
How: Tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury VT
The look: Clear black-burgundy body topped by a very small beige head.
In long: Nose is very roasted (burnt toasts) with bright hopping that is piney and slightly citrusy. This is not one of those highly aromatic Black IPA totally dominated by the hops, there is a lot of roast coming through in the aroma. Taste is toasted almonds, oily barley, charred cereals, burnt toasts, brownies, hard toffee candies, solid wooden/piney hopping with citrusy undertones. Finish is quite dry. This is a well balanced Black IPA, not the typical aromatic hop bomb I’ve come to expect from Lawson. A true session Black IPA, certainly not original but nonetheless a superior take on the style. Another good beer from Lawson’s, and it has never happened to me, not even once, that I drained poured a hoppy Lawson’s beer without being sexually assaulted by a donkey immediately after.
markwise (4098) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by a kind soul at the last Tampa Crew Tasting. Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head. Nose is roast, toasted malts, cocoa, coffee, and some citrusy hop bite. Flavor is similar with roast, toast, malt, cocoa, coffee, and some citrusy hops. Medium in body and nice overall.
tom10101 (1845) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Prohibition Pig. Black with a huge creamy beige head and good lacing. Aroma is of roasted/burnt malt, slight citrus, slight pine and grassy hops. Taste is of roasted/burnt malt, citrus grassy hops, pine and a slight to moderate bitter finish. Medium body. Slightly dry. Good balance. Nice sessionable Black IPA.
dmac (3538) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from adamjackson, thanks bro. Poured a medium density black body with an average sized foamy beige head that settles down but leaves gobs of floating head everywhere. Aroma is great, starts off with burnt toast and yellow grapefruit citrus rind. With some warmth chocolate and brown bread. Great body, soft carbonation with a creamy finish and hop bitterness. Flavor is good but not as great as the aroma. Notes of burnt citrus rind, black toast, bakers chocolate and a hint of rye seeds. Great black IPA.