Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black mahogany, light beige head. Slightly dank nose, toasty, piney, a little citrus. Toasty caramel start, becomes a bit dank and herbal in the middle, finishes with citrus zest and piney bitterness. A little low on roastiness for me to consider this a black IPA, but still darn tasty.
RedSox2004 (1571) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark dark red, really just black, with a one-finger tan head and nice lacing. Bright piney hop aromas with spruce tips to give it a holiday feel. Flavors are a bit more subdued, with plenty of bitter hops and solid caramel and roasted malt notes. Light to medium body, lively carbonation, somewhat thin mouthfeel, and a clean crisp hop finish.
rader58 (864) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark cola brown. Aroma of pine, molasses, dried cherries, floral, citrus. Flavor is grass, spruce, pine,molasses, toasted grain, with a touch of coffee. Slightly dry and bitter in the finish.
downender (7626) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Strawberry Street vineyard, Richmond. Mahogany with a big, off-white head. Hoppy aroma, with a touch of caramel. Flavour had some sweetish, grainy malts, toffee and a big, dry finish. Unusual.
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque brown with a light tan head, looks like a stout or porter, actually. Aroma is totally different though, all on the hops. Lots of grassy, piney hops. Flavor is the same, all hops at first, but then it gives way to a roasted malt undertone that hangs on beneath the hops through the medium finish. Palate is excellent, nice and thick without being harsh or overcarbonated. A nice hybrid between IPA and porter.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with light tan foamy head, decent lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of nutty sweet roasted malt and citrus/piney hops, with the hoppiness being predominant. Taste is rather the opposite with caramel malts leading the way and not enough hops coming through. The aroma is deceiving on this one. Overall, it’s a drinkable balanced brew - but I’d prefer the balance to tip more to the hoppy side for the style.
theOptimator (354) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is heavy pineapple sweet citrus malt. Appearance is almost black with a hint of red. Medium tan head. Taste is sweet pineapple citrus floral hops forward closely followed by a very mild roast. Palate is medium with some floral hop aromas lingering. Overall a nice beer. Hops are enjoyable. That said, the malt is lacking complexity for the style and for a winter warmer IMO.
edraz (12) - Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this from a bottle at home. What a great surprise this was. Appearance was dark brown and aroma was light to medium hop. Just enough to please the happy beet lover in all of us.
Beaver (1588) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, with some fruit and resiny, piney hops.
The flavor is roasted malts with fruity, resiny, piney hops and a roast bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a nice, slightly mellow, black IPA.
obguthr (5241) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shit and bean smell, dirty. Clear brown, thick yellow head, decent lacing. Soil flavor with walnut accents, low intensity, sessionable. No bitterness, low hop presence. Black IPA? Hardly. Dunkelweizen, maybe, but most likely an ABA. Pretty plain.