quiznoaz (307) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Arizona strong beer festival. Good blend of pine and citrus, with nice toasted undertones. Not too bitter.
pinkzambia (1363) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: Dark color with reddish tints. Dry, hoppy aroma with hints of grapefruit and dry pine needles. A bitter-sweet taste with notes of leather followed by mild hop bitterness. Quite enjoyable.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to jdskinns: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a slightly oxidized caramel malty nose with some piny hop notes. Starts with good fullness and sweet caramel and pale malts with a healthy amount of resiny hops and good bitter balance before a bittersweet lightly toasted finish. Apart from the oxidation in the nose, this is a pretty good black IPA.
madvike (2373) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours clear dark brown with a thin light tan head. Citrusy hops on the nose, with a nice sharp boozy note, resiny pine hops, and not lots of malt. Taste is really hoppy, with lots of citrus and pine--not much malt. This sucker has the focus on the hops and a bit of chocolate malt. Smooth and medium fluffy body. Another solid Odell brew.
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
snifter. brown amber color with white to tan head. aromas are a mix of sweet and pine trees. taste of wet charred wood, roasty, and finishes with a nice accent of hops.grainy texture with a medium and nicely carbonated.
KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour was a dark chestnut brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown rocky head that diminished slightly to a foamy residue which had great longevity and some awesome lacing.
The aroma was of a dark bread malt, pine hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of toffee, dark fruit, coffee and licorice.
The taste was a bitter malty with a hint of licorice and dark fruit at first and then a nice bitter sweet hoppy flavor set in with a note of roasted coffee at the end. The flavor stuck around for quite a long time after the swallow with the taste of the pine hops left to linger on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was strong medium in body and a tad oily in texture with a mild carbonation.
Overall a bold and hoppy Black IPA with just the right amount of sweetness thus creating a perfect balance of flavors in this exceptional brew.
DWestrick (383) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome imperial black ipa. The new standard IMO. Excellent complexities that packs a punch world class
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with a medium head. Strong piney aroma with moderate dank and a bit of citrus. Light roasted barley. Mostly a dank and pine flavor. Moderate bitterness. Medium body.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tan, creamy head with a purple black body. Moderate bitterness and medium body. Alcohol is mildly apparent but unfortunately plays a bigger role than I’d like. Good malt presence.
high_on_hops (466) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An opaque black body with a tan foamy head and lots of lacing. The aroma has a nice balance of toasted malt and slightly spicy hops. The flavor is similar, with the toast and malt making up the forward flavor and the bitter and spicy hops making up the back end.