wchesser (1672) - 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 (9467) - 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 (891) - 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 (2270) - 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 (1655) - 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 (335) - 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.
jmohno (1401) - Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 Good God - been waiting 2 yrs for this.Black opaque pour with half inch head,lacing,tan/kaki head.
Dark chocolate,coffee,roast,some breadiness with slight carmel sweetness,not much of any hop presence,but there is a slight fruit that seems to just be yeast esters. Some dark berry as it warms.
Taste is big on dark chocolate a mouthfull of roast,coffee tones,some earthy/woody maybe,possibly mildly herbal hops. Finish is roasty bitter not too dry ,fairly smooth,almost foamy,mildly slick. Ashy roast sharp bitter in the end.Slightly disapointed overall but still very decent
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours uncleat black coffe in color with a big creamy caramel head. Aroma brings sweet piney hops and roasted malts. Flavors of delicious roasted malts and hops blend very well on a creamy body creating an excellent beer for this style that I thoroughly enjou.
Beaver (1548) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark black with a smallish tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is a bit subdued - heavily roasted chocolate malts and some piney hops.
The flavor is roasted chocolate malts with a good sized resiny, piney hop finish and some char in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, an OK black IPA.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: Pours an almost black with a small tan head. The head disappears but there is some lacing. The aroma is has some piney hop character and roast. Itís subdued. Maybe itís too cold to do a fair assessment. The taste is good with the hops showing a little better and some dark roast notes coming through. The palate is medium to light but fitting for this style. Overall this is a good beer that may improve at a warmer temperature.