dwm1034 (650) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle dated 3.11.14....note to other brewers...take note...no code; right on the label...no hunting or holding it to the light...or having to search the internet...pours a rich black with two fingers of head...nice lacing. Better yet is the nose...hoppy chocolate...and initial tastes....chocolate, hops, coffee?....and a hint of pear. Followup tastes bring out the hops...very very tasty....enough (almost) to get one to move to Maine....LLB and beers..life is good.
floydslip (182) - Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark coffee-brown beer with a medium foamy tan head that lasts. Hoppy nose of pine, fresh grapefruit, and slight hints of chocolate. Flavor is quite a bit more malty than the aroma with some rich cocoa, light coffee, and toffee pudding. This is then counterbalanced by a surprising bit of citrus hops, but they are muted significantly by the grain. So, the flavor is more mellow than expected. Unique beer with flavors that are at the same time battling each other and harmonizing. This brewery consistently produces winners.
alliance100 (718) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - pours dark brown . Roast coffee and citrus rind aromas . Taste is mild cocoa , med roast coffee and grapefruit . Very good .
dresden (884) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black beer with foamy white head. Excellent fruity hop aroma, some mocha as well. Grapefruit hops, citrus pith, but also dark roasty m alt. I don’t really love the style usually but this is great. Thanks a ton kevin!
nearbeer (3781) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml. bottled on 02-04-14. Pours opaque ebony with a lasting disc of creamy bubbles. Big aroma of grapefruit zest followed by some resin and mocha. Tastes of fresh grapefruit with a slather of unsweetened dark chocolate, orange zest and dark roasted coffee bean. Long finish is mocha and dry oats. Near-medium body has too much carbonation and it fizzes up in the mouth a bit, but definitely keeps things from getting sticky. Above all, there’s a great balanced flavor and no overly-acidic finish from too much roast as some recent BIPAs have done to me.
AWISLguy (1341) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle from Andersonville Wine & Spirits, with a 31114 bottle date - fresh - for my 50th black IPA rating! Pours coal-like black with a brown spongey, root beer float, head leaving a lot of lace. Aroma has all citrus hops up front, even from 2 feet away. Further nose is of black patent hops and coffee, but the peachy/citrus and grassy hops lead. Very nice! Taste is of sweet caramel, some roast, oranges, bakers chocolate, lightly, and the lightly bitter, lightly salty black malts. Smooth (oatmeal?) and medium bodied. Finishes in a terrific blend of bitter and sweet; bitter coffee/choc/citrus against the sweet caramel/fruit - lovely! This is a very nice one .... Definite fan of what Maine has been doing!
Jow (2205) - New York, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle while hanging out with my son late night. Pours deep brown with lovely head and nice lacing. Despite being stuffy ingot a nice nose of cocoa and hops. Tastes of piney hops, grapefruit, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and herbs. Creamy yet bitter mouthfeel. Another winner from Maine.
patricks110 (1623) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Onw of the best Dipas Ive had wirh a solid balance of hops and roasted malts. dark black body with a frothy beige head and fluffy lacing blotches. The nose is roasted and fruity with tons of espresso and grapefruit notes opposing each other. Great balance overall with a lingering bitterness of grapefruit and heavily roasted malts.
slimspady (189) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour. Big tan head. Very frothy. Exceptional malts, toffee, pine hops. Outstanding balance. Oh yeah.
Torontoblue (85) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 14 Feb 2014. Deep black pour with a large mocha coloured head that clings all the way to the end. Aromas of resiny, piney hops, coffee, toffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is predominately bitter, roasted malts, roasted coffee beans with the piney hops biting through, too. Lively carbonation, giving am oily, slick medium mouthfeel. Long, dry, bitter roasted coffee aftertaste. A nicely done Black IPA!