mike5326 (807) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a cold bottle. Dark brown color, nice tan frothy head, nice lacing. Floral hops smell. Creamy hops taste, with a malt accent.
hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was sent to me by strykzone in a trade. Thanks Dave. Pourx a dark brown color with light tan head. Good lacing. Nose of roasted malts and citrus. Medium body. Smooth mouth feel. Flavor is light chocolate malts and some floral and citrus hops. Some bitterness in the floral hop finish. Very nice.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated on 6-12-2012 @ 800 Degree Three Fires (Fort Wayne, IN). This draft beer pours a small tan head that mostly diminished, spotty amounts of lacing, and an opaque body. The Aroma is roasty malts, hoppy and semi-sweet. The Taste is bitter, roasty malts, and pine hops. The Palate is tingly and dry. This beer is medium bodied. In conclusion, this is a very quaffable beer with a lingering hoppy aftertaste and is worth trying.
finn1918 (193) - Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep red that appears black in the glass with a good 3 fingers of light tan head. Aroma is somewhat weak for the style, but typical roast and piney, soapy hops. Taste is weak for the style, but sweet and very drinkable. Moderate bitterness on the finish. Palate is somewhat foamy and light; a little too carbonated and could stand to be thicker. Overall, this is an okay black IPA at a reasonable price, but there are better examples of the style out there.
mikedR (1097) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Interesting black IPA. Prototypical roasted notes, but surprisingly there's some chocolate going on as well, with accompanying sweetness. Quite smooth and very drinkable, but limited hops other a slight bitterness infusing the base malt. I would call this one more of a hoppy porter than a black IPA. As the latter, B; as the former, A-; overall B+.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red brown color. Aromas of coffee, barley, woodiness. Roasted grain palate with a fairly bitter finish. Medium body. Slight dark chocolate note up front as well.
chinchill (1713) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
“Vintage 2013” served in a snifter. The very dark brown body, nearly black in the glass, is covered by a thin and fragile, light tan head. The head soon reduced to a ring but left decent lacing.
Smells like an IPA with extra sweet malts. Its rather floral, and more roasted malts come out as it warms.
The flavor reflects the hops, the sweet malt, but also plenty of dark roasted malts. Floral, spicy and citrusy hops flavors with a little earthy and tropical fruit flavor. Nice finish and aftertaste with hops and dark roasted grains in good balance, and a mild bitterness.
M: The body was medium; medium+ amount of carbonation lent some crispness.
O: A milder, gentler, better balanced black IPA.
ESBob (355) - Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap. Pours a nearly opaque black. Aroma is a combo of toffee and coffee. Light malt and toffee in the taste. Smooth finish. A nice brew!
Panzuriel (1290) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black Hatter Pours a rich black brown with a very small head. Nose is very lightly of malted barley with a medium roast and just a hint of touch of pine hops. Taste is a faint hops at the beginning which resolves quickly into a nice roasted coffee malt richness. Finish more like a dry stout than an IPA. Very interesting beer.
Cybercat (3226) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep, cool sable with a very thick and rather persistent tan head. Roast malt aroma has notes of hops, wood and caramel. Flavor echoes the roast malt and hops of the aroma, but not as strongly. Maybe this was not their best batch. Texture is fairly fizzy, but a tad thin. Still, a good job. Let it go to your head (but please call a cab!)