rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle, part of the spring sampler pack. Pours an almost jet black color, thick tan head. Simple roasty aroma, some coffee noted. Taste is pretty bitter, but it really tastes too burnt or over-roasted. Palate is average, no real hop kick like some others noted. Nice change of pace from other lighter offerings and I applaud the effort to try a new style by Magic Hat, but the flavor really could be a little more balanced.
*Addendum* : Beer was consumed at slightly chilled temperature, may taste better when served a little colder.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black, beige-tan cover. Aroma is a smack of grassy, herbal hops along with burnt roast. Taste is a light burnt roastiness, chocolate, underneath a very strong leafy, herbal hoppiness. A nice beer from Magic Hat.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeah, this is pretty tasty. Pretty dark IPA, fairly mild, comes in with a decent kick of hops at the end. Not too bad, pretty interesting and pretty good.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
black brown oily pour. Aroma is resinous, roasty, some chocolate bar. Way to resinous, not enough sweet hoppiness to counteract the roast. Ends up being bitter and over charred. Some typical odd burnt vegetative notes as well. Sub par black ipa.
nearbeer (3288) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2011 Bottle. Opaque chocolate with a creamy half-inch head that endures well. Aroma of grapefruit zest, sticky caramel, pine and roast. Flavor is a mix of metallic roast, cocoa, oats, and tangy citrus. Medium body is smooth and acidic-tingly. Not bad. I sometimes blend beers in my glass, and this tastes like I would mix a tad more IPA in, and a little less porter or stout for my next sips. The roast eventually casts a long shadow over the hops about halfway through this one.
r464 (1655) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very mild for an IPA. Almost seems more of an amber ale by taste. Malty with a hoppy finish. Not at all bitter, but rather burnt and a bit rotten.
KUEric (867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a lot of love for this beer. Sure it pours a different color (duely note it in the appearance section) and enjoy the rest of the beer. As mentioned, its darker than one would expect. Itís also quite good and I thought a little hoppier than others have given it credit for.
fsbw21086 (309) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hmmm, not what I expected reading IPA on the label. Pour is midnight black with tan head. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and flavors are roasted chocolate, and malt a little hoppiness. Almost has a sour taste to it. Pretty smooth and drinkable, decent brew but taste alittle watered.
thornecb (3987) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black into a shaker. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes to coat surface leaving spider lacing. Sour smoked chocolate aromas. Sweet and dry chocolate from front to back. Dry medium length mocha finish.
DocLock (7218) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours turbud dark brown with 1-finger frothy head. Nose is cacao, hops, malt. Tastes like a black IPA, hoppy, pretty smooth, mot as hefty or complex as the greats, but not bad. Gets a bit charred and a bit rauchy as it warms, and more resiny.