nuplastikk (4697) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Deep, opaque brown-black. Mellow minty chocolate aroma. Above par for a Magic Hat product for sure, they do a pretty respectable job with this one. Chewy roasty chocolate covered hop flavor. Clean, no off flavors at all. Pretty well balanced. Right on.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Aromatically malty and hoppy.
Viney hop tones, light grass y tones, and roasted malt tones. Aromatically okay, seems like everyone has a black ipa now and why not its a very exciting style, actually magic had pulled it off quite well. Personally i’d rather go with an OC alpine ipa but not bad. Body thins out quite a bit, also this one seems to have a stronger chocolaty malty body, meaning the hops are a bit dimmer then some of the other examples i’ve had. Regardless it works and is very good.
LetsGoState (610) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is a small brown head with black color. Aroma is a sweet roasted malt. Taste is plenty of coffee and chocolate with some bitterness. Overall very good.
Vignale (2172) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mörkt, mörkt brun med beige skum. Fina välrostade toner av milt kaffe, choklad, toffee, torkad mörk frukt, söt tobak, aningen rök, citrusmarmelad, ja listan kan göras lång. Mycket fin doft. Smaken är lite enkelspårigare, men rund och lätt, fruktig, sötlarits, inte särskilt besk, snarare lite aska i eftersmaken. En riktigt finstämt humlad porter.
HenrikSoegaard (10771) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red-amber colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter strange but nice flavor. Chocolate and smoked notes. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pint glass. ("3/4 Pint of Ale" as they say on the label.) The label has a freshness date of "May 31 2011" and the abv is listed at 6%.
Appearance: It has a very dark look in the glass with some very deep dark garnet colored highlights showing through the beer. I also noticed some fine sediment hanging in suspension within the body. To cap off this beer I got a dense tan head which stands two fingers tall. This head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing.
Smell: I get a dark roasted malt character with hints of coffee and caramel. Hops are lighter than the malt and add some citrus and herbal notes to the nose.
Taste/Palate: The palate opens up with mild sweetness, roasted malt, coffee and toasted bread with citrus hop notes quickly moving in. It finishes with pleasant herbal/leafy hop bitterness fading slowly off the tongue. It has a creamy and smooth mouth feel with pleasant soft carbonation.
Notes: It come off more as a Porter than IPA but is still very tasty and beautiful.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on 03/21/2011 courtesy of Butters. Clear dark black body with ruby highlights and a large frothy off-white head. Sweet roast, chocolate and resiny hop aroma. Sweet roast, chocolate, light caramel, resiny hops and a dry bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
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.
HighlanderOne (1024) - 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.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. black pour with small off-white head. aroma of large grain, oats, bitter cocoa powder, grassy hops and light pine. quite nice. very earthy, grainy flavor billing. moderate to heavy roasted malt accompanies the earthy hop bitterness quite well. this is a winner from a brewery that doesnt have one...