drjay44 (3165) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thick well retained, light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 35) body.....nose is citrus, pine, resin, hints of coffee......taste is coffee, citrus, pine, light chocolate, leading to a moderate pine/resin bitter finish.....mouth feel medium, carbonation low. The bergamot adds a very different aroma, and has some effects on the flavors. This is a nicely balanced Black IPA, which, because of the ingredients, is a bit off the usual beaten path. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
culchiem (3240) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Heavy black with a tan head. Aroma is sweet roast malt with a little citrus. Flavour is fruity chocolate malt, really fills the mouth. Deep roast palate. Thick velvety texture
BVery (8913) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at House of Beer in Orlando. Very dark pour with a clingy light beige head. Nice balance of roasted malts, citrus hop, with an easy drinking moderate mouthfeel. Nice.
jcnielsen (2864) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at 1839 Taphouse in Columbia. Pours a black color with off white head. Burnt, roasted, charred flavors. Not bad, but I’m not a huge fan.
drfabulous (5579) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a big creamy tan head. Taste is very rich. Chocolate. Roast. Unlike other Black IPAs, it doesn’t give off that intense hoppy aroma or taste. More stout like with nice hop presence. Well balanced.
UncleKorm (1163) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2013 Bottle poured deep dark brown w/ a medium size creamy tan slowly diminishing to a nice thin cap w/ fair lacing. Big aromas of pine, citrus fruit, and roasted malt. Initial flavor faint salty quickly to a moderate bitter finish. Taste is a smokey malt w/ light grapefruit. Light to medium bodied, watery texture, and lively carbonation.
Murrow (93) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours nearly pitch black with luscious brown head. Aroma is heavy on the hops, with strong notes of citrus. There is a mellow hint of toasted malt, as well. Flavor opens with bitter dark chocolate and espresso, picking up a little sweetness as it develops into a more balanced combination of hops and roasted malt. A touch of alcohol warmth throughout. Finish is on the dry side, with a lingering flavor of dark chocolate. Full bodied, mouthfeel is rich and smooth. A full-flavored beer, great for the season.
nathan30533 (943) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasty dark ale. Good dark pour with brown forming head and awesome lacing. Good smooth feel. Good brew.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours rather thin lolling but pitch black with a dirty brown head. The nose is thick with odors of Christmas tree pine dried out and stuffed in a living room with chocolate and coffee blending in. Taste is bittersweet but the bitter takes the forefront for most of the ride. The mouthfeel is thin, crisp and clean. The finish is long. Another great f2b.
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SPDickerman (1090) - Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost pitch black with a medium sized brown head. Smells of pine and hints of coffee. Taste is very bitter, hints of spruce and earthy tones and a touch of coffee bitterness. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and lightly fizzy mouth-carbonation, Left Hand Fade to Black Volume 4: Rocky Mountain Black Ale finishes with a bitter dryness.