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.
jmohno (1078) - 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 (2587) - 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 (1302) - 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. It’s subdued. Maybe it’s 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.
Trev (1936) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very dark brown pour with a quick thin head.
aroma is nice roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, am getting some light fruity and woody hop on the nose.
Flavour is roasted malt, light burnt grain bitterness, chocolate semi-sweet. Woody earthy hop towards the finish.
A touch on the thin side palate wise.
eddy5335 (45) - Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Black with maybe a finger of mocha colored head. Sweet, smokey, roasted malts, not much for hop presence. Taste almost the same except the hop bitterness is present on the back end along with a nice dry finish. I don’t think it’s a black IPA, but a black ale that Left Hand labels on the bottle. Still pretty good and nice and balanced for a black ale.
JPDurden24 (1578) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle. Pours a dark black with a tan head. Aroma is earthy and hoppy with some toasted malts. Taste has some chocolate, roast and hoppy bitterness. Resiny and creamy.
Coyler (112) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another smashing beer from left hand, still think there milk stout is number 1 but this is a close second
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I typically have mixed feelings about Left Hand, but I have enjoyed all of the fade to black series, so I jumped on this when I saw it - pour is pretty darn black (some ruby around the edges) - frothy tan head that settles to a fairly thick lace - nose is semi-sweet and lightly bitter and charred malt character, quickly followed by an earthy, woody hop character - that aroma comes together pretty well - medium bodied - medium-soft carbonation - fairly creamy in the mouth - flavor is fairly sweet up front, much more so than the aroma suggests - some chocolate and roast leads in - hop flavors and bitterness follow close behind as the beer starts to dry out - hops are earthy, potent and fairly green - woody/pine - finish is dry, with peppery hops and a light dry, flinty/chalky note - a little sweet up front for me, but it manages to minimize the astrigency that so often plagues these kinds of beers - pretty good!