dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled very fresh, thought it was totally kickass...Dark and roasty, with great hops in the nose and front of the body. Medium to light body, as I think a hoppy beer should be. Makes you feel good yet refreshes at the same time.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz New Belgium bottle. Pours very dark, reddish-brown color, lumpy light tan head. Aroma of earthy herbal hops, skunky citrus. Tangy pine hops flavor, some toasted malts. Lingering bitterness left on the palate. Hops cling to the back of my throat. Medium bodied. Sweet malts, overly bitter hops; seems to be a bit too hop forward and off balance. Still very enjoyable, I am glad I got to try this one.
Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper. Aroma of pine accented hops. Flavor is toasty malts and piney and earthy hops, quite bitter on the finish. Didn’t peg this as a Black IPA, just sort of thought of it as a nice IPA. Good to have a "winter ale" seasonal that wasn’t some sort of spiced potpourri bomb for a change. Well done.
SODAK14 (310) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - NOV 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not to bad... Pours a kind of dark copper color with a medium head. Lots of hops, too much for my liking. Some malt in the background. I’d drink it at a friends house but wouldn’t order one at a bar.
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark black, with a mild piney hop aroma. Off white head with little retention.
Similar hop profile to Ranger IPA, but with a more roasty taste. Chocolate/coffee notes on the back end.
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at ginger Man Dallas. Pours a dark maroon color with brown colorings. Head is a foamy off-white coloring. Aroma is a bit of hops, spice and pine needles. Leafy nose. Flavor is a mix of roasted Malts and earthy hops. not too bitter on the finish. Just ok.
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at PW Pizza, served in a pint glass. Pours a deep, dark brown-amber color that is actually clear when held up to light but doesn’t look like it at first. Almost no head. Aroma of rich chocolate and caramel malts, earthy hops, orange citrus, holly and winter spices. Flavor follows suit faithfully, with some citrusy and bitter hops underneath chocolate, toasted, and caramel malts, rounded out by some molasses and mild spice. Light-medium bodied, with modest carbonation and a smooth palate. Nice winter black IPA.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown with a sudsy sticky tan head that dissipates. Nose is fairly muted; some watery hops, light roasted malt like character. Flavor is more pronounced but not in a favorable way. Bitter at first with a messy sweet, rotten fruit middle and a fairly dry finish. Weird and not really what I expected.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ar: Very hoppy - piney and woody, a touch of roast.
Ap: Deep brown, almost opaque - medium tan head with good retention and really nice lacing.
T: Somewhat toasty, with piney and woody hop flavor - medium bitterness - finish is very short with hop flavor and some molasses.
P: Medium body with medium carbonation - finish is fairly dry.
O: Aroma and appearance were really nice, but the flavor just did not deliver as promised by the nose - still, a fairly good winter brew.
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.69 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: Feb 19, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body, but it’s clear, yielding a bit of ruby at the edges when held aloft towards the light. Medium-sized, off-white head with a few flecks of lace on the descent.
Smell: Light notes of pale malts, with chocolate and roast, but those remain light notes as well, not particular effusive, only giving you a quick sense before the slow-moving, but slightly more potent scents of lemon and pine take over.
Taste: Pale malts, then some roast, but a very gentle roastiness, with only small hints of unsweetened cocoa and tangy wheat. Low sweetness. The opening malts quickly die down, then, the taste proceeds to turn hoppy, with a flavor of citrus mainly, but also some light floral aspects and some lowly resinous elements. Medium bitterness. A bit of sweetness answers back on the back half. Drying finish with light hints of the roast and resin riding into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Gee, it looks like everyone’s having trouble categorizing this one. I’m seeing suggestions of Black IPA, Dunkel, Winter Warmer, and even Dark Wheat. Me, I’d lean more towards Black IPA, though, even in that category, it’s not as hard-hitting as others in that grouping, but it’d be one of the more easy-drinking.