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.
Hammy78 (949) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up in Madison, Wi. Pours a super dark brown, virtually black, with about a finger of khaki head and layers of lacing. Nose is a perfect blend of hops, and a touch of malt. Tastes quite sweet and a mix of both pine and citrus hop bitterness. Really good.
Lemke10 (947) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown/black color with a slight fluffy, off-white head. Scent has chocolate malts, molasses, and bitter hops in the mix. Basically the taste is a more robust version of an IPA. It still has a bitter taste throughout but is nicely complimented by the sweet tastes of chocolate and molasses. A very complex beer that overloads the taste buds at first making for a great sipping beer. A great brew using a more unique style that you just donít find too many of in your local beer store. A must try!
Ericular (933) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a good size frothy head and good lacing. Aroma is pine, light roasted malts and caramel around the edges, earthy, and citrus hops -- really complex and enjoyable. Taste is a pretty good balance between sweet, lightly roasted malts and a moderately bitter lingering hop finish. Thereís nothing mind blowing about the taste, instead itís reserved and balanced. Palate is medium bodied but finishes a little dry. Decent example of the style. Aftertaste is great.
JoePeesie (923) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
better than good, short of great. Pours a nice black, with a tan frothy head. I really donít find this to be an IPA. Its got a heavy malt finish that I feel really dominates the beer. Iím not sure what I would call this but I think the malt profile is the dominate feature here. Itís different, its worth try or trading for, but I felt it was short of magical.
Nero55 (919) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown with medium tan head. Strong aroma of citrus and pine hops. Light body with hop bitterness upfront, notes of molasses and roasted malts, and some malt sweetness.
BiiruBierBeer (911) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell is piney and malty. Taste is equal parts roast, malt, and hops. I donít normally like IPAs, but this one is decent. It is important to note that the bottle was old.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I never really got into the whole black IPA thing. Give me one or the other. Still pretty good, though. Iíll update when I have another sitting next to me.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle served in a FFF pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown with some dark ruby/blood orange hues around the edges where the light hits. A one finger light khaki head forms on the pour and stick around for a while and leaves some splotchy, sticky lace down the glass.
S: I definitely get some citrus hops in the nose balanced out with a caramel malt backbone and some light chocolate as well. Itís a nice smell, but definitely different.
T: Definitely a different taste. Quite the maze of flavors. Biscuit malts with some light toffee and cocoa. The citrus hops come through in the very end with a finish of slight bitterness. Tastes more like a blend of beer.
M: Between medium and light bodied with great carbonation. Very drinkable with a bitter finish.
O: Not too bad. I felt the flavor profiles were sort of fighting for dominance with the hops just squeaking out a victory. I still donít know what to think of this "Black IPA" style.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-17-2011
bookman10 (861) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, almost reddish-brown. Malt and hops in the aroma. Hop bitterness, coupled with malty sweetness. Some hints of coffee, chocolate, even licorice in the flavor. My first sip was very alcohol-heavy; after that, the booze flavor settled down quite a bit. This is an interesting, flavorful beer.