andrewmb83 (42) - Frankenmuth, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complex nose with toasted barley and piney and citrus hints. Poured from 12 bottle with black color and a nonexistent head. Great mix of flavors on your tongue with toasted barley and a piney and citrus hop notes. They put plenty of hops in this one, nice job. One of my go to’s for a black IPA, a very nice beer.
superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/30/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, light char, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, light char, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good sized pine/citrus rind/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a solid bitterness/sweetness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and resinous/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good black IPA. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. The bitterness is a bit rough on the finish, but not unbearable. A nicely enjoyable offering.
dmac (4630) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle from gimmethefunk, thanks Pat. Poured a lighter density black body with a large frothy super light beige head. Aroma of cellar, dusty chocolate, dark cherry skins, cola, dark toast. Body is huge foam, lighter watery mouthfeel and a lingering burnt aftertaste. Flavor is horrible, sort of like burnt bandaids. Meh if this isn’t infected than these are the worst brewers around.
Jlew715 (20) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle, new label looks childish compared to old art-deco label. Pour is deep reddish brown to black with a two finger beige head. Aroma is a little hoppy; not very strong. Taste is hoppy at first, with a malty middle and a slightly bitter finish. Overall texture is fairly thick, as expected for a black IPA. A decent brew for the style.
edgallow (2686) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle pours black with a off white head. Aroma of malts, floral and pine. Taste is resin, floral and caramel.
flatmatt (1249) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a very deep red brown with a light tan head. Floral, herbal, grassy hops in the aroma with a toasty malt background. Roasty pine herbal flavors. Well made and tasty.
b3shine (6509) - Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; a translucent dark cola with ample foamy light beige lacing. Smells of dark malt, roast, and bitter hops. Tastes like it smells, but less robust, with an average mouthfeel. Still, a solid Black IPA.
Tessic (926) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This IPA poured a deep, dark amber colour with a frothy, tan head. Scents include roasted malt, grassy hops and caramel. First swig had medium/ high carbonation with flavours of Melloids coughdrops, Burnt toast, coffee and spruce hops. Finsh is burnt with a nice hop bitterness lingering.
czar (5568) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours unclear light brown reddish with a tall frothy light beige head, good retention and lacing. very spicy and spicy roasted malts - kind of bland very roasted malts, spicy coffee beans, sweetish red berry fruitiness, carbonic acid, very ashy - offensive, booze. moderately low carbonation, medium body - oily and sticky, sweet grassy-spicy-piney-citrusy-ashy finish. sort of blah.
BOSSbrewer (2685) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle in Grand Haven MI. Pours dark brown to black with a thin off white head. Slight roast balanced by nice hoppiness. Very pleasant beer.
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BrownALEx (339) - Portland, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer, only drawback is the appearance, cloudy and muddy. Otherwise, excellent beer. Nice hop and malt taste. Well balanced.