TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Hatter Days. Pours a pitch black hue, perhaps a bit more brown on the edges, creamy big light brown milky head, cakes and laces well overall. Aromas are darker roast malts and piney and floral hops, dry and bitter, a touch of citrus, dry and bitter, roasty malts, a touch of cocoa and coffee lie beneath. Initial is medium bodied, a bit lighter with cocoa and roasted malts moving into dry pine and florals, a bit of grapefruit rind further in, moderate bitterness, dry and roasty. A mellow sweetness sweeps up from beneath, cocoa largely, almost a touch of lactose, but largely semi sweet cocoa and a touch of bitter coffee to push it. Pretty nice, not too heavy lingering dry hops and surprisingly the cocoa and mellow sweetness hang on back there. Pretty nice, not overdone, a fairly drinkable darker malt or black IPA, with a mellow sweetness and roastiness that do hang on. More piney and floral hops overall. Pretty good, but not a leader in the style as it could use a touch more body and bitterness overall. But overall, I’m just a sucker for Black IPAs, gimmick be damned
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Beige head atop cola black body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some grapefruit/earthy. Taste is medium sweet, roast/coffee, earthy, some grapefruit, light caramel. Light-medium body, some chalkiness.
JaBier (4831) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bodega. Black pour with a medium tan head. Nose of citrus hops and dark malt. Flavor is maple syrup, chocolate and citrusy hops.
deyholla (6511) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Poured black with a brown head that dissipated to a thin film around the edges. Aroma had notes of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and a bit of pine. Flavor began with roasted malts with it becoming more bitter as the chocolate and pine grew.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap NH brewpub. pours dark brown with off white head. aroma has phenols with the hatter hop profile. flavor is fruit punchy hops with slight roast to it. not bad.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at the brewpub for amd hatter days. pours dark, dark brown/black with small head. taste and aroma are very similar to standard mad hatter, but with coffee/ roasty notes. interesting twist on a really great beer.
alexsdad06 (5337) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ the brew pub. Pours a dark clear mahogany color with a medium fizzy beige head that leaves a thick crown. The aroma is subdued but includes citrus hops, roasted malts, and a slight chocolate sweetness. The flavor is citrusy hops, roasted malt, and dark chocolate, with the bitterness lingering through the finish. Smooth and creamy to drink. There are better IPA’s around, but this was a solid choice.
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler poured into a Tulip. Pours black with a small off-white fizzy head. The aroma is not much, a little bit of roast followed by a hint of citrus hops. Taking the first drink the first thing you taste is grapefruit hops. There is a slight coffee/roast finish as it goes down, but the finish is quite bitter with a citrusy finish that lasts along time once the beer is gone. As you drink it there is excellent lacing but no head. The body is medium with a creamy texture and soft carbonation.
Tmoney99 (10459) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewpub. Poured clear brown color with a moderate white fizzy head that diminished slowly with excellent lacing. Good complex toasted sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Well balanced bittersweet flavor with a moderate smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
had a taster of this first at the brewery last night. after that, had to get a 16oz. very refreshing IPA. nice and cold, from the tap, i could drink a lot more of these. very dark and creamy IPA, with a few great different flavors.