flatmatt (1187) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pours very deep red with a light tan head. Pine and herbal hop aromas against a nutty, roasty malt background. Flavor has pine and citrus with roasted, smoky malts. Kind of tastes soggy, if that makes sense. Just doesn’t work out for me. Somewhat disappointing.
milewide (1628) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost black color. Medium body and head. Muted, roasted malt addition seems to cover some hop flavor and bitterness.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black with a fully receding tan head. Notes of light hop resin, black malt, citrus and grapefruit. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hoppy citrus nose, some light roast and milk chocolate, but overall, the nose is rather weak and dull. Light to moderately sweet, moderately bitter, some milk chocolate, some citrus hops and very minerally yeast. Meh.
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Quenchers. I gotta say that this was surprisingly good. The Oak and Rye were spent and I didn’t even plan on ordering this one. Aroma of fresh pine needles, touch of acidic roast, well balanced and fresh. Flavor is exactly the same, the roast does become a tiny bit astringent towards the end of the glass, lovely green pine needle taste that really complements the roast nicely. Near off-dry, easy drinking, quite clean. This glass was excellent.
tmoreau (2682) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. for Hatter Days, and served to a NH pint glass with a black/brown color, rocky, deep tan head foam, and draping lace. The nose was toast/light roast, resin, citrus, maple, cocoa, wood, and a slight hint of iodine, which I hope was due to a non-thorough glass rinse. The flavor followed these with the medicinal hint fading, some roasted coffee, a little char, and a healthy dry/bitterness that continued into the finish. Less the small aroma glitch, a very decent IPA variation
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:Less aroma compared to the normal Mad hatter IPA.
Appearance:Nearly opaque black with nice head.
Taste:The dark malt and the hops add a mild astringency to the beer. On subsequent tastes, I get a ginger ale flavor that’s very interesting. The more I drink the heavier the ginger ale comes through.
Palate:Nicely carbonated, and pleasant.
Overall:This is a very interesting beer, with subtle qualities.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Fountainhead. Pours a hazy brown/black with offwhite head. Nose is American hops with a hint of roast in the background. Perhaps some pine as well. On taste, there seems to be too much caramel character clouding out the hops. The roast also seems a bit strong for the style that they were shooting for. Overall, pretty meh. Not a huge fan...
TheAlum (6027) - Aurora, 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 (11822) - 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.