mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color certainly matches the title. Thin, creamy head floats atop a pitch black body. Very strong pine hops are noticed first. Charred wood comes through next, followed by sweet malt. Bitterness from the hops really linger. More than 60 IBUs almost make you pucker. Chocolate comes through as it warms.
The balance is what makes this so good. There is enough going on with the sweetness, bitterness, texture, and char to give it great flavor.
gizmo_ber (189) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a powerful aroma, but hints at citrus. Head is light tan and faded quickly, but laces well. Flavor is more bitter than black’s tend to be, but it’s a good bitterness.
dalekliz (901) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the brewery. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is toasty and crisp, with malt, chocolate, wood, and some bitter hops. Lingering toast. Decent.
Ratman197 (11508) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, earthiness, light pine and light grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, charcoal, grapefruit and light piune with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering roasty finish.
smith4498 (3277) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with tan head. Roasted malt and citrus aromas. Bitter grapefruit and roasted malt flavors with some ashiness. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a thick tan head. Citrus and a bit of earthy hops on the nose, roast, cocoa. Medium bodied, sweet malt and roast, cocoa and chocolate. Long roast bitterness on the finish. Easy drinking, quite smooth, lots of flavor going on.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from wchesser, thanks Will. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and citrus hops. Black in the glass with and average off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lace. Flavor is medium sweet and very bitter. Palate is medium to full bodied and watery average. Overall a solid Black IPA.
jkbachman (181) - - DEC 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee and astringent flavors dominate. Good mouthfeel and smooth finish with notable hop bitterness.
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Leafs93 (1918) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On the fourth day of Christmas. Pours black with a medium white head. Aroma is roast, pine and some citrus. Taste is sweet with moderate bitters. Medium bodied with almost creamy texture, surprised by this.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into glass. A nice balance between the earthy hops and the dark bitter chocolate malt flavor. Roasty, slightly sweet, but still very easy to drink.