reebtogi (4363) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle pours almost black in color with a light beige head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine and grapefruit with hints of chocolate and roasted notes. Taste is a roasted grain and citrus bitterness with pine and a chocolate malty sweetness. Well balanced and very tasty. Recommended.
dmac (4204) - 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.
drfabulous (4173) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle from Brouwerij Lane. It looks like it has a Sept bottling date, but maybe since it was in the cooler, it is fine. Big hoppy nose. Dark roast. Chocolate. Very tasty.
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (thanks to goodbyeohio for sharing)... Poured black with a thin, khaki head. Some good retention. Aroma of awesomely dank, earthy, pine-like hops. Hop notes similar in the flavor with a good balance of roast and malt sweetness. Bright citrus, cocoa, roast, mild tobacco note too.
jkwood04 (4155) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle in a tulip. Pours almost black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of citrusy and floral hops plus a nice dark and caramel maltiness. Flavor the same with a good blend and a characteristic hoppiness of Maine Beer. Average to smooth texture. A good beer.
ben4321 (4092) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013
Location: Bottle at Cornerstone (Ogunquit), 7/11/13, Rating # 3050!
Aroma: The nose is chocolate and coffee, with pine hops, and roast
Appearance: A dark brown color, with a heavy light brown head, and lots of lace
Flavor: This one has a big roasted and hoppy flavor
Palate: The body is medium-plus, with a creamy, smooth feel, and a dry finish
I thought this one was one heck of a Black IPA. As is a surprise to no one, Maine nailed a hoppy style once more.
obguthr (4072) - 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.
tiong (4010) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from Beer Culture, New York @ Varjopikkujoulut
Bottled 100714 - Pours pitch black with a thick brown head. Aroma of fresh grassy hops, roasty malts, pine, resin and citrus. Taste is fresh hoppy, crisp roasty and grassy with some fruity notes, hints of chocolate and citrus. Finish is hoppy, slightly roasty and fruity with some bitterness. Quite balanced black IPA.
Ernesto987 (3917) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great first impression, roasty and huge fantastic hop aroma and flavor. This is great
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 12/31/13, drunk on 2/1/14
Bottle conditioned pour produces a compact, charred-tan head that recedes to cover, leaving plentiful lace atop a dark mahogany body, moderately high clarity.
Yep, smells like Maine Beer Co hop profile; fresh, fruity hops show off cherry, candied orange, lychee and ruby red grapefruit. The dark malts mask some of the strong resin/alcohol burn, but are surprisingly very masked themselves, showing off only a bit of chocolate graham cracker like maltiness. Medium strength of aroma, still some alcohol vapors that I get with all of their beers. Really like the fresh, leafy hop acids.
Subdued on the dark malts, just as in the nose, with just a light, pleasant tobacco dryness and light pruniness. Base malt sweetness is well-attenuated and comforting on the palate, aided by the light but engaging carbonation. The amarillo hops are delicious, adding the fresh, green, lush citrus hoppiness, while the simcoes are a bit overbearing in their brash bitterness but add their characteristic cherry-melon-like "sweetness" and plenty of acidity. The cascade and centennial combine and keep the finish very citrusy, somewhat piney and somewhat more resinous than I prefer. As with most of their beers, they come off very aggressive, assertive and somewhat overdone with the combination of alcohol and acidity. Nonetheless, the quality that goes in to the actual brewing is bursting forth, even if the recipes don’t really suit my tastes.