DocLock (7729) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles from Capone’s and Blue Dog. Pours black with 1-finger frothy khaki head. Nose is resiny hops, roasty patent malt. Tastes roasty dark malty, with notes of bitter chocolate, molasses, hops, and blackberry. Finishes medium in palate heft, complex, and the hops balance the malt nicely.
superspak (2452) - Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/7/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, floral, pine, char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, floral, grass, light pine, char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light pine, floral, char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop and roasted flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, lightly sticky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA style. All around great balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
italianjohn (2288) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour ruby hue and a thin off white to beige head with very light sticky lacing ..... aroma of roasted malts, licorice and caramel malts ..... taste is of roasted and caramel malts, faded citrusy hops and light licorice ..... has an oily mouthfeel and is thin to medium bodied .... a decent average black ale
akostajti (35) - HUNGARY - AUG 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great citrus aroma. The beer is very dark colored. The brown head disappears in a few seconds. The taste is caramel and bitter (hoppy). Great beer.
NikkTwist (1529) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Opaque pour with a strong foamy tan head. Stout flavors with a touch of smoke and sour. Charcoal pickles. Unusual. Not positive if the flavors are inherent to the beer or not. Still good stuff.
rbrazell (1586) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Oblivion. Black pour with a creamy tan head. Creamy cocoa, roasted malt and citrus hop aroma. Flavor also presents milk chocolate creaminess, roasted malts, bitter piney and citrus hops takes the finish. Dry bitter finish and silky body. Pretty solid.
chrisv10 (10787) - DENMARK - AUG 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost black with medium beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, hop and a little pine. Flavour is malt, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, medium sweet, hops, little liquorice, little pine and medium bitter.
trujahwarrior (506) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle poured into my ipa glass. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a thick fluffy tan head that leaves good lacing. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Tastes is much different than the smell you get the things I mentioned in the smell but the citrus is definitely noticeable in the flavor and the hop bite is there also. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with decent carbonation and a dry finish. This is a very complex beer, you would never tell by the nose that this is a black ipa but its definitely in the flavor. Very nice beer. I better get myself another bottle before its gone for good.
Butters (3735) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark near black with dark brown foamy head. Moderately roasty cocoa nose with almost no hop aroma at all. Flavor is where the great blend comes in. Citrus hop tones are muted by more chocolate. At this age, Its like a hoppy porter, than a roasty ipa. Really enjoyed this quite a bit. Can only imagine how good it would be fresh.
Defreni (2464) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaske: Sortbrun øl med et fint skumhoved. Duft af brændt humle, citrus. Smagen er som forventet, masser af humle ovenpå den brændte malt. Mærkelig hybrid øl jeg virkelig har svært ved. Ellers ok øl.