zizzybalubba (1566) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle from Total Wine, Virginia Beach, VA (bottled October 7, 2014). Dark brown, almost black, pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of pineapple, tangerine, pine, and wet grass. Taste is a perfect balance of roasted malt and hops featuring coffee and chocolate flavors that are in harmony with citrus and pine. An outstanding black IPA.
bellco33 (448) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury: Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa, resin, and citrus. Taste is unreal. Dark and roasted like a porter, but the pine and citrus hops are still the stars of the show. Orange zest and resin are very much present after the initial wave of roasted malts. Full body, well balanced, slightly sticky mouthfeel, this might be my favorite black IPA.
obguthr (4373) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cocoa, rubber, grapefruit peel nose. Black, thick beige head, godd retention and lacing. Charred oak and grass flavor. Full body, not viscous. Very soft carbonation with char bitterness. Solid IDA.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
September 9, 2014 - shared by J&K with me and blankboy. 500ml bottle. Inky black pour, smallish lasting frothy tan head. Lovely roast and herbal bitter aroma taste follows, but a little stale and milky. Average body, light carbonation, medium bitter finish - I am not a huge fan of the style, but this is pretty solid - and past its best before date too!
SpongeRuiner (882) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a bottle while in Chicago. Pours a straight solid smooth black with a light brown head that is thick. A citrus hopped aroma with a roasty background. A nice roasty hop flavor upfront with a very nice mouthfeel. A carbonated tongue. A big smokiness comes in about halfway through that really mixes it up well. Very drinkable. Ends with a dry smoky finish. Pretty damn good stuff considering not particularly my go to style. This brewery continues to impress me.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A black body with a tan head that faded to a thin coating, but had nice lace. Aroma had a strong mix of hops. A blend of citrus and pine. Roasted malts were very good. Flavor seemed to blend the roasted flavors from the malts really complemented the hop flavor. Grapefruit hops were not over powering. Finish was slightly dry Nice mouth feel.
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Such a great multi dimesional aroma...tons of malt, well balanced dark malts and wonderful hop aroma. Falvor is great with some roast amlt and well balance hops without being too thick. Great finish!!!!
rocbyter (1926) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moderate hop aroma with a light amount of malt. Black color with a large brown head. Malty in the beginning that lingers into the finish. Hoppy bitterness in the beginning.
ddemmingjr (749) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from our traveling friend. Pours dark muddy brown, khaki head. Chocolate and coffee malts, dank hops on the nose. Lots of coffee, chocolate, pine resin and molasses along with coffee malt bitter astringency on the finish. Medium bodied and amazing to see the variance in simply the malt bill
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UDBeernut (1993) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
last rate for the night. bottle picked up from stateline. pours deep dark brown, piney nose, some chocolate malt, I can;t believe there is a show called human wrecking ball. taste has chocolate, roasted coffee, plenty of bitterness. mildly sweet. creamy mouth that has lingering drying.