STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown head with a balance of hops, chocolate, and something fruity. This is an enjoyable beer.
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with thin off white almost tan head, aroma brought notes of slight mineral, grass, roast, some earthy and pine notes but mixing well with some cocoa, coffee notes, very interesting but I wonder how old this bottle is. Taste is some grass, slight soapy/floral/mineral notes, touch of cocoa powder, hints of earthy grain, some touch of roast and coffee, finishing fairly bitter, slight dryness as well.
wlajwl (3738) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is spruce/piney hops and a mild hint of the dark malts. The flavor is heavy and fresh grapefruit, citrus, a hint of lemons, an undercurrent of malts and a tangy/tart finish.
pepsican (1438) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, juicy hops, toffee, coffee, caramel, citrus, clean, light sweetness , good carbonation, new glarus
LinusStick (2814) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice run of the mill black IPA. Nothing special here, though better than a lot that Iíve had. Aroma was decent. Hints of chocolate malt and coffee with a decent hop aroma, though smells a little stale. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a one finger near tan head. Taste was very grassy and earthy. The pine and citrus hops play with dark bitter roasted malt The bitter flavors of the two donít really get along, but battle for dominance (as most in the style IMO). Nice carbonation. Decent beer
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle: pours a barely transparent blackish mahogany with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet dark caramel malty nose with some fresh resiny piny hops. Starts with good fullness and dark malty sweetness with lots of fresh resinous hop flavor and clean bitterness finishing slightly drier and bittersweet. True to style and enjoyable.
RickTStiles (696) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2012 pours black with a lasting beige head and some lacing. aroma is sweet dark malt and some hop acidity. taste is bitter dark malt with piney hops. finish is juicy and bitter. a rare beer whose last sip is its best.
jebert (492) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thick frothy head. Nose is hoppy. Fairly creamy on the palate, the taste is predominately hops with dark roasted malt providing the backbone. Fairly dry finish. A real treat for hopheads and an enjoyable beer for all others. Try it with pastrami and rye.
arkotramathorn (41) - Eau Claire, USA - JUL 4, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a blackish burgundy with a light tan sticky head. Aroma is very inviting, almost sweet smelling hoppy aroma with almost no scent of bitterness. A very nicely balanced taste, the maltiness is perfectly in line with the brightness of the hops. It ends just a little toasty.
Rated highly because of how surprised I was by it.
574deadzone (980) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep dark brown/red (black) with a sizable rocky, tight-bubbled khaki head that leaves lots of clingy, soapy lace. Nose is nice and complex: lots of dank pine, deep grapefruit and orange, some chocolate, some sweet caramel, molasses, just a great combo of sweeter malt and big juicy, sticky hops. The taste is nice and bitter, but very well balanced by the sweetness. Palate is medium bodied, tingly, with a very long bitter hop finish. A seriously stellar black IPA, about as clean (non-roasty or stouty) as Iíve had, prefect strength, just really enjoyable.