BeerandBlues2 (8988) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Pours lightly particulate black with a medium, frothy tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy, minty, and pine hops, roast and caramel malt with plums and dates. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with dark bitter malt, dark fruits and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
krumbum (351) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A rich dark brown color. Light smells of soft chocolate. Rich chocolate taste with a light nut and cream flavors adding in, Very enjoyable and smooth. Palate left with a slight chocolate residue.
fitwitchik (129) - USA - 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 (1882) - Athens, Georgia, 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 (843) - 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 (1811) - Santa Monica, 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 (2896) - Cox’s Knob, 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 (2960) - 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 (746) - 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.