msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cellar Wine and Spirits-Norman. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, grapefruit, and some pine. Flavors of sweet roasted malts, chocolate, some citrus, and a ton of pine. Little too much sweet maltyness for liking, but this was decent for a black IPA.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Originally reviewed: 4/1/11. No date on the bottle, so I have no idea how fresh this is.
22oz wax-capped bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Pour yields a deep dark black with a finger-width tan head on top. Good lace left behind. Nose carries pine aromas, faint metal, and finishes out with mild cocoa powder. The aromas weaken considerably as I sip.
The mouth is moderately-full and creamy. Carbonation is on the low side. The flavors here are odd for the style. There’s a mellow hop presence right away, but there an herbal element to this. Juniper? Clove? I can’t place it exactly, but it’s there. Roasted qualities are absent. Mild chocolate notes on the back end. This one was interesting. Not my favorite of the new style, but I appreciate its uniqueness. With the gap in reviews, something tells me this bottle has a little age on it. I’d love to compare this to a fresh bottle/keg.
unclemike (2152) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark brown with a creamy beige head that lasts a hell of a long time. Leaves good lacing. Aroma is perfumy floral hops, citrus hops, herbal notes, and a little roast. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt along with floral and citrusy/grapefruit hops. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel with lingering hop bitterness
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from swillbur 11/25/11.
black tinted reddish brown with a tan head.... nice looking brew.
it smells and tastes of bubble gum, roast, earthy spicy hops, grapefruit, a touch of choco and lots of pine. roasty dry finish.
i’m not a fan of hop combo in this... seems odd and out of place. 7/4/6/3/14
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. waxed bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Pours a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Some piney hops and chocolate malt in the aroma. Nice amount of hop bitterness with a long lingering finish of chocolate malt. Drying from the hops and malt. On the thinner side of medium. Easy drinking, solid beer.
thomas15 (623) - USA - APR 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i could smell the aroma from where my face was when pouring. crisp fresh citrusy pine. on closer smell some malt comes through an exciting deep hop smell. when it pours it just looks thick. beautiful deep black with tan two finger head. as good as a beer could look especially for this style. it is pitch black.this beer is densely hopped, citrus and piney resinous hops dominate the initial taste and blend with a strong malt that has evident roast and hints of coffee.
unexpectedly one of the best black ipa’s i’ve ever had. up there with the best. super aggressive beer that is very well done.
ReggieDunlap (2898) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a medium tan/mocha head...nice bottom up forming head...great lacing and retention. Aroma has nice hoppiness and some chocolate and burnt wood...maybe the faintest hint of citrus creeping in. Flavor has great charred woody notes and dark chocolate with nice bitterness...faint spicy citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is roasty and dry with charred woody notes...lingering. awesome! May be my favorite BIPA!
jeff789 (1401) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown decent sized tan head... Big citrus aroma with subdued roast and sweetness... Lively medium full bodied... Grassy green quality initially overpowers any citrus from the aroma... Decent beer but I wish it were a bit roastier...
Ibrew2or3 (6450) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at the Black Friday Tasting courtesy of swillbur pouring up deep mahogany supporting up a tan like foam head. The aroma offers up pine and grapefruit like hoppiness as well as dark roasted malts and a bit of spicy black strap molasses. The taste is refreshingly good with some dark roasted malts, citrusy grapefruit hops, pine hops and hints of cherry like sweet dark fruity esters. D-Lish Black IPA.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one quite surprised me .. big brown bottle .. . pours a medium brown . . medium foam, light lacing .. . lots of forest fired pinecone and burnt caramel .. . smooth and easy to drink, good stuff!! .. . . It’s a huddle guys, huddle, latin for round..