b3shine (5135) - 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.
TwoSipDip (8894) - 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 (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, 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 (687) - 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 (1097) - 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.
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown reddish color, almost black. Good thick light brown head. Leaves some lace. Surprisingly big roasty flavor, here. Some earthy hops. good chocolate. Very smooth texture, decent chewiness, medium to bigger body. Lighter carbonation. Alright, so I think this is tasty, but honestly I think itís more of a hoppy stout than a black IPA. Bittersweet aftertaste, that could use a bit more residual hop. This is certainly smooth and drinkable, though. I like it overall, but then again I generally love Black IPAs in general
Ericular (555) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2012 Still really good this time around. Better as it warms up. Taste wasnít quite a 9 this time, but appearance was superb.
Pours black, with big brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma is straight IPA - hoppy and fresh. Not what youíd expect from what looks like a porter. Taste is roasted malts, not much coffee, and a hint of hop kick that reminds you itís more than a porter. Palate is oily, slick, creamy. Overall an excellent winter beer with a good roast/hop balance. Dry finish with a nice aftertaste. I enjoyed this heavily. 8-4-9-4-18 = 4.3
ryanfolty (1829) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
November 13, 2012 on tap from iTap. Black pour with some head and nice lacing. Roasted malt and citrus hops in aroma. Taste was consistent with a funky bitter finish.
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No bottling information.
Appearance: The body is as black as night and the thin head is a dark tan with minimal retention, some lacing is left on the glass.
Aroma: On the pour I smelled a lot of cocoa and roasted malts, similar to their milk stout actually, as the beer settles the piney and earthy notes from hops come in, this is balanced well though and the profile works. Iím not in love, but itís solid.
Taste: The intro and even mid-taste would have you believe youíre drinking a porter thatís balanced well with cocoa and roasted malts, but near finish the earthy, woody, hops come in with just enough presence to be noticed, but not enough to overpower. This is the best of the style Iíve had.
Palate: Oily medium body with light carbonation.
Overall: This is the best of the style Iíve tried, this is balanced wonderfully between an IPA and a porter unlike other ones that go too far one way or the other. This is a wonderful harmonious marriage between the styles. Thanks Left Hand!
climberbob (108) - Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
caramel, dough aroma, black beer, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, average carbonation, mildly bitter finnish. More like a dry slightly more bitter stout than an IPA, but overall not bad.