olr1984 (1048) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours deep dark brown with large off white head. Hop aroma. Hop chocolate taste.
mnmike (1021) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. Pours about 85% black and has a surprisingly clean and crisp palate.
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 06/25/2012. Nice deep brown pour, maroon highlights, fine lacing. Hoppy grapefruit aroma cut with pine and resin, underneath is roasted malts and chocolate, molasses. In the taste, piney hops, tongue tingling, burnt roast bitterness. Light medium body, high carbonation. Tasty for sure, my taste buds are still tingling.
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is well balanced dead chocolate and near metallic crack, then herbal grass cuttings and other savory fare. pour is opaque with airy soap suds head, lack of density and messy legs. flavor is initial fudgey roast with expected hop twinge to follow. hops begin as citrus then fruits begin to burst, hints of pine and rounder herbal note with mint at forefront. bitter roast closes. what a balance!
charule (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from my landlord Frank. Poured dark brown with thin beige head. Nice aroma of citrus and resin. Pretty smooth taste well balanced.
Christpuncher (1008) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A super tasty black ipa. Really fruity and pours almost black. Really hoppy and has a nice bitter finish.
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drsordr (1008) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour dark woody brown. Nose surprisingly sweet with some fruit hop. Taste some citrus up font followed by mid palate sweetness. Some fruit. Roast comes through more inn the late palate and finish
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Originally reviewed: 1/30/12. Pours a dark Cola-like ruddy black with light edges. Inch worth of beige head on top, of the creamy sort, leaving gobs of lace in its wake. The nose on this beer is phenomenal! Aromas of pine needles, citrus, faint whisps of roast, damp trail. I dipped my nose in, and it never wanted to leave.
Nice hefty body holds up well with the ABV and bitterness. Carbonation is moderately low, which is no complaint. This being a fall-release, I was a little worried that this beer lost too much of its character. I never had this one "off the press," but I find it hard to believe it was much better than it is now, because this was fantastic. Big hoppy flavors abound. Sharp and flavorful. Semi-sweet finish. Mild dark maltiness noted, but the hops take over. Superb beer.
574deadzone (1000) - 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 I’ve had, prefect strength, just really enjoyable.
dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red pour with a thin head. Some lace. Medium bodied. Aroma of pine, molasses and roasted grain. Bitter hops & grass in the flavor. Very clean taste.