vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma has cocoa, piny hops, roasted malt, earthiness, mild coffee and a bit of cream - well balanced and nice. It has a medium crisp body with a nice amount of carbonation. The flavor starts off with earthy / piny / grapefruit hops, dry dark chocolate and bitter roastiness. The finish is dry, woody, hoppy and has a lot of character to it. Very nicely done.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I picked up a sixer of this because I liked the last installment, big mistake. This is just as black as you would expect, decent head, good lacing. Aroma is more burnt malts than roast malts, meh. Flavor is kind of burnt too, not quite a stout, certainly not a black IPA, just a below average porter I guess. Really disappointing, not sure how Iíll drink the rest.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-17-2012 02:36:23
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a black body with an inch worth of khaki-colored froth.
Smell: Roasty nose with touches of charred bread crust, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate with a nice, cleansing citrus scent.
Taste: Heavy roastiness, slight burnt quality. The palate is almost soothed by the sweetish caramel, toastiness, and chocolate, but thatís when the citrus, resins, and hop bitterness aid the astringent blackened maltiness. Resinous, bitter, but also bitter chocolate in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A solid though not scintillating beer.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is hoppy with licorice notes, herbal hops, dark chocolate and roasted malt, Taste is resinous hops, mint, dark chocolate, light licorice and roasted malt. Body is medium with a mild, bubbly carbonation and a light hop bitterness. Finishes with more hops resins, licorice, roasted malt, mint chocolate and coffee notes.
Ernest (6011) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested)
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted/burnt grain, husks), moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of licorice, vanilla.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Quite decent and certainly much better than volumes 1 and 3 (I never tried #2, because they donít make the bottles clearly different, basically just a tiny little number on the neck label, which seems like not such a great marketing idea if youíre drastically changing the recipes each time, but oh well). Maybe a touch vegetal/husky, and Iím not a fan of the one-dimensional raw resinous hop odor, but this is certainly better than a great many "black IPAs" out there. Pleasant.
b3shine (4188) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to pint. Looks good; black with beige lacing. Smells solid; malty and roasty with some hop notes. Tastes like it smells; but it drinks more like a hoppy porter than a black IPA. Average on the palate. Enjoyable.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown head with a dark brown head. Piney, minty, chocolate, fairly roasty, a touch floral aroma. Burnt chocolate malty, a touch smoky, minty, sprucey flavor. Pretty nice brew. I got this in a mixer sixer but may need to pick up a six pack of it in the near future.
wnoble (1206) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep black. Thick tan head. Roasty, chocolate, citrus, spicy hops, fruitiness in the aroma. Flavor is roasty and chocolately with adequate balance of hops in the realm of spicy citrus and mild fruits. Medium to medium light body. Finished mostly dry. Loads of roastiness but still let some hops stand out. could have leaned the other way a little but a really nice beer.
bmerz (655) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Looks every bit a stout with soapy head and good lace. Aroma is mildly sweet, moderate coffee and chocolate, toast, and without much in the way of hops. Flavor is dark roast coffee with little sweetness and a lot of bitterness more akin to coffee and toast then hops. Body is initially soft and soapy then thin and dry. it seems a thin straightforward though very bitter stout interesting.
wchesser (988) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much darker roast coffee notes than I was expecting. Big hop current. Very dark and full bodied. Totally agree with other raters that this is much more of a hoppy stout than a black IPA in profile and palate. This would probably be a good cellar candidate. Very good value.