Bricks (918) - Delaware, USA - OCT 29, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Emphasis on the word ’hop’. This beer is all hops and not much else. Very disappointed.
ffbot (278) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 15, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pour is a deep jet black, tiny tan head and still as stone. Smell is strong black licorice, salty and creamy malt, basement leather. Taste is coffee, strong and black. Then the rest hits slowly, big smoky and leather taste, earthy qualities. Almost no hoppiness to it, but it’s there in the black coffee aftertaste
shrubber85 (10029) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chocolate malt and herbal pine/grapefruit peel aroma. Black with moderate brown head. Moderately sweet chocolate, oat malt, and moderately bitter pine flavor. Good body.
BeergeekKorea (107) - SOUTH KOREA - MAR 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Roasty, rich chocolate flavour and cool piney hop-head
Appearance: Dark black colour and thin brown head
Taste: Medium bitter and light malty sweet
Palate: Medium full body, a little sticky texture, soft carbonation and the Aroma finishes
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. Black in colour with a long lasting creamy beige head, excellent lacing. The aroma is the hops first then the malt, chocolate and coffee, vanilla and citrus. The flavour is of citrus, espresso, lots of chocolate. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, hoppy and bitter. This one is strange for sure. Very bitter, the hops and malts don’t seem to work together here. Prefer the Beer Geek better.
koleminer20 (1862) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 mL bottle. The pour is a nice black, dark and heavy with a thin cap of darker khaki head that falls to a collar. The aroma is malty and roasty with a light bitterness. I don't get any coffee at all on this. It's a little disappointing. The flavor is hoppy, with a touch of malt. That's about it. There is no complexity. The mouth feel is incredibly thick with a heavy soft carbonation. The aftertaste is wonderful. There is a lingering coffee go go with a slight maltiness and a touch of bitter hops. It's good, but the lack of coffee and resounding flavor is really a disappointment.
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varanid99 (918) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a tan head. Dark chocolate, coffee, pine, roasty aromas. Taste is coffee, cocoa, burnt caramel, then some hoppy bitterness, finishes very smooth, creamy, almost chocolate milk
Daytonbeer (726) - Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours near black with dark tan head and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, ethanol, and citrus/pine hops. Taste is dark chocolate, caramel, biscuit, and earthy hops.
arnold931 (1196) - Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose is roast, pine and coffee. Taste is a lot more pine. Nice mouthfeel. Great black IPA.
BuckeyeBoy (5241) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours out dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. nose is heavy coffee oats and lots of hops. Taste is more of the heavy coffee roast malts oats chocolate and a heavy dose of hops.
ajnepple (4702) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl single bottle into a shaker, purchased at Hy-Vee Wine & Spirirts - Muscatine. Black appearance with a lingering, lacy, light brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate fudge, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, light toffee, earthy hops and light pine. The flavor adds some zesty hops, a moderate bitterness, a mild sweetness and a lingering, light dry finish. Rich and balanced with a medium body. This is really good, probably my favorite "Black IPA".