corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass without even the slightest hint if lighter color. Thereís a two finger, frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.
Dank, earthy aroma with prominent resinous, oily hops along with grassy pine needle, a touch of citrus and a slightly smokey, dark malt backbone. Underneath the earthy hops, the smokey element of the malt bill gives off a very subtle phenolic presence but it isnít very distracting or unpleasant. Some liquid smoke and charcoal along with dark chocolate, oatmeal, robust coffee bean and sweeter, dessert-like malt character. The malts begin to overpower the hops as it warms but the nose remains complex and inviting.
On the fuller end of medium body with slight viscosity and soft carbonation. Very dry and bitter up front with the earthy hops and charred malt flavors playing off of each other. Strong sticky, resinous hop flavor up front with grass, pine and spruce tip but itís missing the subtle citrus presence found in the nose. The hops are countered by a deeply roasted dark malt backbone that is somewhat acrid and nearly burnt tasting. The smoke presence is a bit stronger than in the aroma with hints of ash, charcoal and burnt toast along with used coffee grinds, oatmeal and dark chocolate. This beer has a decent balance of hops and malt but tastes very one dimensional with a ton of tongue scraping, dry bitterness and overwhelming roast. Needs a lot more sweetness to balance things out. Overall, this isnít a terrible beer but itís boring, a bit harsh and tough to drink.
arnold931 (1196) - Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Hopleaf. Pours black with small tan head. Nose and taste is coffee, chocolate with hop bitterness. One of the better black IPAs.
Slubgob (291) - West Hartford, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Expecting a hefe based on the name. Oops. Pours very dark brown with cream head. Nose of Sani-clean per the brothers in law. Hops mixed with dark cocoa. In the mouth similar. Finish with dry chocolate,a touch of bitter. Quite nice.
Lubiere (12401) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark black ipa with a super luscious thick frothy brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with coffee grind, musty floral hops, grapefruit pulp, very fragrant. In mouth, a nice bitter sweet chocolate with coffee grind, musty character, resinous floral hops with citrusy notes, predominantly bitter chocolate. Bottle dated 08-06-2013. Excellent condition.
neepsntatties (1653) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Rick G. of Lardo. Colour...onyx black with a thick tan head. Nose...very hoppy while also being very roasty toasty. Palate...frothy, bitter, and roasty with ashen chocolate, burnt wheat toast and hop dust. The mid palate is quite bitter and the finish is quite dry and long.
zgaier (1859) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Owl Bar in Brooklyn. Pours black with a brown head and aroma of hops and citrus. Taste is of hops, citrus, roasted malt, and pine notes into the bitter, dry finish. Delicious black IPA
lownote (462) - USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with an off white head. Strong grass hop aroma. Taste is a good balance of roast and hops. Really dry. Sensing a pattern at this point in their beers.
jb (2783) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick and dark, not highlights seen. Thick tan head, thick retention and lace. Smell was meh. Hoppy and malty, weird, unappetizing. Palate and taste totally works though and saves this. Thick palate ends with an explosion of chocolate.
tekstr1der (340) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark pour with clingy brown foam. Aromas of cedar, smoke, and malt. Flavors are mellow and extremely balanced. Nice toastiness, combined with mild hop citrus/pine, and slight smoky hint. Great dark ale, incredibly smooth.
BierMeHoos (533) - Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 500 mL bottle poured into Spiegelau stemmed glass. Appearance is deep dark brown with a good khaki head that lingers. Aroma is toasty roasted grains, burnt caramel; citrus, pine and slight dank. Taste is roasted grains, coffee, caramel and slight earthy smokiness. Palate is medium body, creamy feel. Overall a great beer, good all around combination of flavors and aromas and texture.