HighlanderOne (1016) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle- one of their sample packs. Aroma of hops, malt and burnt caramel. Pours solid black with coarse tan head. I taste grassy/grapefruit hops, roasted malt, smoke, molasses, maybe coffee too. Porter-ish feel. Nicely drinkable. Good finish. Great beer.
TheBeerGod (5287) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - from the Magic Hat Spring Variety Pack. Very dark brown to near jet black pour. Aroma is mainly roasted malt and cold coffee with a subtle hop undertone. Taste is mostly roasted malt, fainter coffee, light bitter hops and cocoa. Body is medium with a strong bubbly carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, lingering bitterness, cocoa and thinned coffee.
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy, murky, and brownish/mahogany, with a 3-finger frothy brown head. A little blebby lacing remains on the glass as I drink this. The aroma is cocoa, funky pine and papaya, and slight sesame oil. The flavor is mildly bitter roasty espresso, cocoa, moving to spicy spruce and earthy pine, and finishing with chocolate and a bit of lactose. Very drinkable, verging on creamy, with moderate body and carbonation, and a dry finish. A nice surprise, and a fine ale.
Arayaga2 (1796) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black with an inch of dense tan head. Aroma of slight wintergreen and roast. It tastes as it looks and smells... roasty , coffee-like, and not much like a black IPA in the hops department. This seems more in the porter spectrum $2/12oz
freekyp (1500) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fooled me there for a second with the dark roasty nose and nearly opaque body. One sip in you realize there’s something different about this stout. In fact, its no stout. It is an IPA with a dark roast malt in the base. Nose is clean and simple with dark malts coming along in equal measure. The flavor is similar but a little more dark roast is apparent int he beginning, and it tails off near the end into a long side of the tongue bitterness
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 (1340) - 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 (3781) - 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.