pjames317 (63) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a luscious, opaque cocoa brown with yolky, tan head. Aromas are actually quite subtle. Piney hops ,a little lactic (chocolate milk), caramel and mocha. Does not assert itself with any dominant or overbearing flavors, but everything comes together nicely. Good balance of bittering vs. aroma hops. Finishes nice, clean, mildly diluted. Differentiates itself within the Black IPA style but does not come close to Wookey Jack, which is the gold standard in my opinion.
Fred82 (2113) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from Julio’s.
Appearance : Pitch black with big foamy brown head.
Aroma : Great citrusy and piny notes with nice floral notes. Some coffee and light chocolate. Big pine needles but not too resinous nor oily.
Taste : Great roasted malt with coffee and piny hops. Finish malty with piny hops. Floral and resinous finish. Persistent coffee and piny notes. Juicy citrusy notes on the fininsh. Light astringency on the bitterness... bitter coffee more than bitter hops.
Palate : Soft but lively carbonation... fizzy but brief. Hard to explain but really enjoyable.
Overall : Really nice beer. A great example of the style. Really well balanced and tasteful. Pretty drinkable and light for a 7 abv beer. Really nice appearance and palate. Another great beer from Maine Beer Co.
drsandman (185) - New York, USA - MAY 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a dark dark brown with a sizeable creamy beige head. Aroma is pine needles, burnt firewood, grass hop, cocoa, roasted malt, some currants / dark fruit. Flavor is full of piney hop, dark roasted malt, chocolate, smokey, citrus rinds shine through as well.. finishes on bitter pine hop. Medium body, very drinkable.
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours out dark brown with a moderate tan head. Nose is of tropical/citrusy fruit hops, chocolate malt, light toast and some medium roast coffee. Taste is complex, some really nice oily citrus and fruity hops, mild semi sweet chocolate, light toasty flavors and a punchy bitterness in the finish. Complex, smooth and silky. Yum
asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bier Cellar. Potent citrus and tropical hops aroma with chocolate fudge accents. Opaque black under a lacy, light brown foam cover. Potent hops flavour: cat pee, grapefruit, strawberry. Develops into sweet chocolate brownies in front of a medium bitterness. Medium body, clean finish, moderate carbonation.
Nickls (1809) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Jet black with a rich dark tan head. Huge pine, citrus, and lacquer hop aromas with slight toast aroma. Loads of hops, but really tempered by a deep roasty espresso flavor. Dry toast, and a very soft medium lush body.
JAXSON (526) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A plethora of fresh bottles lately. Way too expensive. Pours cola, near black with a frothy espresso head. Nose is first pine and fresh, forest like hop qualities, some sweet malty notes. Mouth is pleasantly roasted malt, hops of the tree variety, some lightly sweet marshmallow and dark things. One of the better black IPAs I’ve had, though not my favorite style it’s all very well integrated and the two contrasting styles are subtly weaved together.
jdb288 (472) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Fresh bottle. Pours deep brown/black with tall tan head. Aroma is burnt coffee, grapefruit, sage. Taste is soy sauce, beef jerky, sage, misc. spice. I get some resin notes too. This one was too much for me. I couldn’t wrap my head around the flavor combination.
TheJester (1775) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle. Looks like a stout. Fantastic aroma is the best part of this beer. The flavour is great for about three seconds, then it disappears. It’s like a beer that’s trying really hard to be a grownup black IPA, but doesn’t quite get there. A little too sweet, not quite enough bitterness, either from roast or hops. Not bad, though.
dmac (3872) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle purchased atSpirits Point. Poured a black medium body under an average sized to larger foamy dark beige head. Aroma is very solid, notes of chocolate, roasted citrus fruit, pine, brown bread. Palate is solid, with a medium body, aversge carbonation and slightly syrupy. Flavor of chocolate syrup, citrus, roasty, burnt toast, roasted nut shells, dry pine needles. Good stuff.