chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle... dark brown body, a bit lighter on the fringe, a big light tan head, creamy with great retention, good looking beer... this aroma is really solid, bursting with soapy hops, grass, and rounded roast... tastes good but the finish is dead and a let down, could drink several of these
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Picking up notes of pine and citrus. Some dark malt notes as well. Black/dark brown color with white head. Has a sweetness to it, but also has a very nice bitterness from the hops. I love this beer. This is an awesome black IPA. This is a good template for black IPAs
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bottle from Jeff, thanks! Pour is a dark black, with an off white head that fades to decent lacing. Sticky. Aroma is all about pine: Spruce boughs, juniper, white pine resins. Some roasty malt in there as well. Taste is again pine forward, with some light floral aspects. Lots of burnt roasted malt on the back end mixed with spruce. Not bad at all, but with the heavy pine I can’t see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting. EDIT: I lied. After the initial pine bomb, this really grew on me.
ryanfolty (2382) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: November 11, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: MN Gathering @ Skyview V
Brown pour, hoppy aroma and similar taste with some malty flavor.
BVery (9514) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle at MN Gathering @ Skyview V. Darker brown pour with a slushy off-white head. Aroma was fresh hops, nut, and vegetables. Medium palate. Taste was caramel, nut, hops, and malt. Decent brew.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown body with faint off-white head. beautiflly hopped aroma. Bitter, fresh. Smells like fresh green hops. There’s a faint, dark malt flavor at the beginning of the body but the hops quickly take over.
reggiedunlop (3650) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head...great lacing. Aroma has spicy and citrusy hop notes balanced with roasty malts...just a hint of chocolate. Flavor has good roastiness and nice spicy hop notes...underlying bitter cocoa. Mouthfeel is lively and and the finish is roasty, slightly bitter, and dry...lingers.
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Tooch4321 for this one as a bonus! Cheers, Adam! Pours a light stout brown with an off-tan head. Nose is pine hops with a hint of grapefruit that take most of the aroma followed by slight roast. Flavor is similar- nice and hoppy. A good bit of pine followed by floral and slight citrus hops. The end yields a bit of roast and some chocolate malt. Nice black IPA overall.
bhensonb (13995) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Guerde for this great ale! Pours really dark brown with a 2 finger creamy tan head. It’s got that evergreen/citrus/herb aroma. Near full bodied. The flavor starts with a sweetish floral/citrus/evergreen - sort of leaving malt in the background. Then it gets into evergreen. Finishes far from sweet with lots of smooth non-harsh hop. Following with chocolate pine needles. Keeps changing flavor aspects. But pine is always there. Nice!
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottled 229th day of 2011--thank you Colin for the bottle! Clear deep ruby with a two finger light tan head, great retention. Big pine hop nose, some grapefruit pith and rind right behind. Toasty and chocolate malt are present, with a little roast supporting. Flavor follows suit, where the pine hops come together with the toast and light roast quite well with the chocolate sweetness. Not burnt at all in the dry finish, bitterness peaked at a 3. Smooth light to moderate carbonation with a medium body. Even at new styles (and ones I’m not a big fan of), Dan is still fantastic.