alassio (78) - USA - MAR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just finished my last bottle discovered at the back of the fridge and just had to doff my hat in praise. The gentle hops in this one are set off so brilliantly by the sweetness/tartness of its blackness that it is incredibly balanced and supple. I normally go for extreme beers, but this one is so extremely perfectly flavored, and the flavor dynamics are so multifaceted, that I’m starting to cry in my beer.
BOSSbrewer (2302) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a BOSS meeting thanks to Goetz. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is some pine some roast and slight chocolate. Medium to lighter bodied. Really nice beer.
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edgallow (2572) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of toffee, pine and citrus. Taste is resin and citrus with a hint of caramel.
jeffbigD (101) - - FEB 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice taste of hops with citrus notes. Medium carbonation with a solid after taste.
rumproasts (3575) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Near black with one finger head. Malty base with very nice citrus hops that punch through. For the style, it’s quite excellent with solid flavor backbone.
BrewHaMeister (227) - - JAN 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a dark reddish brown with a light tan one finger head and nice lacing. Aromas of malt, light citrus hop, hints of fruit and caramel. Flavor is mild-medium bitter with a nice finish.
ARH (740) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, poured into a sampler glass. It’s rather citrusy (a bit unexpected for a black IPA) and grassy, with only a slight roasted note. Later, toffee starts to dominate and a light coffee and bread crust emerge to join the citrus and grass. It’s a deep and dark, but clear mahogany color, with a very light, near-white, tan, dense head that leaves an abundant dense lace and retains a webbed surface and medium ring. The taste is a medium high bitter and medium sweet. The beer is a crisp beer, with a light fizz carbonation, an oily and a bit sticky texture, and a medium full body. There are burnt notes on the palate along with molasses, toast, raisin sweetness, and there’s bitter rind and licorice at the finish. The aftertaste is dry with a bread crust flavor.
_angst_ (3274) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle received in trade. Thank you hackobock! Pours dark blackish brown with a creamy beige head that leaves some sticky lacing and trace in the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly malty, tiny fruity and tiny herbal with roasted malts, burnt caramel, grapefruit juice, freshly cut grass, pine needles, dark roast coffee, minerals and orange zest. Taste is bitter and slightly fruity with roasted malts, burnt caramel, grapefruit juice, unripe mango, dark roast coffee, freshly cut grass, pine needles, salty liquorice hard candy, moist soil, kumquats and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, astringent and light to medium bodied. Finish is bitter with roasted malts, grapefruit juice, unripe mango, freshly cut grass, pine needles, liquorice, moist soil, minerals, ash and lemon zest. Rock solid Black IPA! An easy to drink treat!
hackobock (2016) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 30, 2014. Bottle at home, bottled on october 6, 2014.
Dark brown with a creamy dense off-white head. Aroma is sweet ripe pineapple, mango, red berries pine and faint roasted coffee notes. Taste is sweet ripe tropical fruits, light grassy and roasted bitterness. Finish is light bitter with light sweet fruits and light coffee. Medium bodied, average carbonation.
delnoche (465) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12fl oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint. Very dark brown with two fingers off white head. Aroma is subtle candy and piney hops. Flavor is basically the same. The hops flavor intensifies for the duration of the long finish. A mellow good-tasting brew.
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tectactoe (2953) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Deep brown, chestnut body. Translucent at the edges only with a frothy khaki foam that plumps up nicely. Aroma of citrus & grapefruit peel, lightly bitter pines, & a deep undercurrent of semi-bitter roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate sweetness creeping in the back. Maybe some very faint coffee grounds, too. Hint of char. Flavor has a nice balance of the roasted malts, mild ashiness, & burnt cacao bean blending with overtones of pine, grapefruit pith, & bitter citrus rind. Slight balance of sweetness on the back-end from the dark malts. Never swings too far one way, though. Balanced, albeit a touch mild overall. Still a nice, easy drink for the style, though. Not bad.