fitwitchik (33) - - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured brown black with a beige head. Aroma of sweet citrus piney hops. The taset is classic black IPA fullness of flavor of roasty pine. Better than average. Would easily grab another bottle if I had one.
jbruner (1202) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque brownish black from the bottle with thin cap of lacy tan head that leaves moderate webbing. Aroma of roasted malts and a nice bitter citrus back. Taste follows, bitterness falls off quickly and a nice piney back end. Pretty solid, kind of like a black IPA.
matthewjk (744) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Okay, I mostly like what is going on here. Sort of like a black ipa with a little extra malt. Smooth as hell and full of sediment. Pretty spot on for Mad River--not great, certainly not terrible.
DedicatedToFun (742) - SoCal, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a bad dark beer, smooth, sweet, decent dark ale but no thing to brag about, los angeles
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black color, aroma of roasted malts, caramel, pine hops, same flavors, chocolate, smoke, med to full body, smooth texture, pretty good
Patrickctenchi (1840) - columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nearly black with a quick brown head.
Aroma of dark fruit, licorice, coffee.
Flavour is roasty, espresso bitter.
Slight herbal hoppiness....rough smoke...
Strong flavours, not quite as smooth as I’d prefer.
Elwood (2552) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a very dark, cola like color with a nice tan head. The nose has lots of roasty notes with underlying dried fruit. Medium mouthfeel with tones of roasted malt, some smoke, baker’s chocolate, and a hint of pine in a long, bitter finish. Almost porter like in nature with more bitterness of course. Despite the higher ABV, I like this one as a black IPA.
Thisis12ptfont (647) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Subtle dark aromas of oats, nuts and toffee. Dark black in color with a thin foam. Nice cocoa and espresso overtones. Slightly thick texture with a lingering espresso flavor. Overall, this is nice, but basic. Only cocoa and espresso overtones. I’d give this a B rating.
tennessejed420 (924) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours dark with lasting tan head and visible suspended sediment. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, roast, soft dark fruit. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is earthy roasted chocolate.
Steve_0 (1395) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hops & Pie. Pour is black with a small brown head and great lacing. Spruce, pine, light cocoa, a touch of roast, cocoa, rye, caramel, and citrus in the aroma. Taste is big roasted malt, grapefruit, citrus, a touch of grass, caramel, somewhat herbal and chocolatey with a medium bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Not bad, but really nothing special.