knickskicks (789) - - SEP 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour, tan head. Nose is piney, roasted malts, hop resin, slight veggies. Taste is pine, a touch of coffee, roasted malts. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry bitter finish.
Indra (2673) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the brewery. Aroma of fresh, piney, leafy and lightly fruity hop, some background caramel sweetness and toasted, dark bread, some faint cocoa as well and slight coffee tones. Rather complex, all in all. Clear dark brown in color, head is very fine, slight and lasting. Flavor profile is likewise full of piney, fresh hops, darkly toasted malts, somewhat husky grains and chocolate, finish is all hop bitterness and lingering, leafy, piney flavor. Slightly prickly mouthfeel, lightly resinous with a medium body. Good, for sure, but not what I would call an outstanding example of the style.
Troupis (80) - - JUL 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I drank this on tap at the brewery in New Glarus. It could have tasted awful but doesn't matter when you're in heaven. Love the hops.
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tmoreau (2634) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cellared and shared 12 oz. bottles poured to snifters, showing a black/brown color, with a touch of amber highlighting at the stem, light tan froth to bubbly film, and spotty lacing. The nose was roasted, wood, molasses, and mocha notes. Medium bodied, the taste offered the same notes, with a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel, but a diminished, citrus & pine bitterness that still retained some dryness for the finish. Enjoyable, but will have to try fresh when up in WI..
1pintatatime (87) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Highly carbonated and pours nearly black with a thick and rich tan head. Flavor is somewhat muted at first with burnt toast and dark chocolate flavors followed by a nice dry finish that brings out some of those chocolate flavors a bit more. This might benefit from drinking a few degrees warmer than your average IPA. I don’t know that this would be my go-to style, but it’s well done. Would drink again.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting and tasteful. Black pour with some ruby highlights. Soft heat. Aroma of molasses and caramel. Taste is a smooth blend of caramel malt, cocoa, molasses and finishes with a pine hops bite.
TXBadger (1625) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of my first ever black IPAs. Molasses, cocoa, and bread on the nose, following onto the palate. Finishes with an interesting pine/grass note to give this a nice backbone.
Scipio (727) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a medium sized, light tan head that doesn’t last all that long. The aroma gives you a strong citrus impression, with lots of grapefruit and pine. It has a malty balance of chocolate, some licorice, and light coffee as well. The taste has a heavy hoppy bitterness to it. Lots of pine, with milder grapefruit and chocolate. I still get hints of licorice. Aftertaste is short, with pine and some coffee. Medium bodied, lots of lively carbonation, with a very hoppy texture. I enjoyed this. Its a very good representative of this style.
troyc (2585) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Pours a very dark shade of brown with a rocky brown head. Nose is more malt based than expected. The taste is of piney hops, chocolate malts and grains. Moderately bitter. A lighter black IPA, but much more sesionable as well. Tasting notes from 2012.
jkwood04 (4246) - Connecticut, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of lightly roasted malts, light chocolate, and a decent amount of floral hops. Flavor the same, all sort of light. Average texture. Decent but not the best of its style.