crossovert (9965) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beers like this help me turn the corner with this style. The earthy, bitter, danky hops work with the rasted malt.
jkbachman (181) - - NOV 27, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Citrus, pine, and floral hop aroma is very prominent. Interesting take on black IPAs and making it an imperial black IPA. Well balanced and now one of my favorite beers.
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mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Almost as good as Stone's More Brown Than Black. Hoppy yet malty; malty yet hoppy. Great flavor with just a nice tinge of bitterness. Home run!
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markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Odell. Pours a medium brown with an off-white head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, piney hops, and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is roasted malts with aggressive hops: pine pushes through the efforts of the malts to conceal it. Light citrus notes also intersperse themselves. Interesting black IPA overall.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from a four-pack that cost $10.49. Black color, mocha head, looks good. Smell is hoppy citrus but I was disappointed after hearing this compared to Pliny (lies). Flavor is decently hoppy but again not on the level of Stone 15th. The roast flavor really conflicted with the citrus, like oranges dunked in bitter coffee. I would have preferred chocolate covered oranges but oh we’ll. Still, this is a decent beer and a much better value than when it was in 750’s.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-09-2011 18:22:22
piscator34 (2181) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft and bottle sample. Very dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Strong aromatic mix of pine sap, white grapefruit, roast, and coffee. Strong flavors of citrus, black pepper, and more pine sap blend well with notes of toffee, and dark chocolate. Fairly weighty on the palate, but the strong leafy bitterness balances things out nicely. It seems like just about every aspect of this beer is intense, aside from the apparent alcohol (which it hides well). I think a different hop blend would have suited my taste better, this is still a very well made black IPA.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very, very nice looking beer. It’s a very dark brown color with a light/medium brown colored head. The aroma is slightly malty, almost roasted, but it has a really nice combination of earthy hops and roasted malts. Gentle and very nice. It has somewhat if a dull mouth feel and my first impression was that of an imperial brown ale crossed with an IPA. Tastes like an IPA, but with tiny hints of smooth, earthy roasted malts and finishes extremely clean. Overall, this is a a fantastic beer that combines everything in a really easy-to-drink package. One of my favorite black IPAs. Oh, and you would never guess by the flavor how much alcohol is in this!
gregwilsonstl (1557) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smellsvery floral. Black and sweet. No head. Hoppy. Heavy. Ruhlman said its superb.
smokewindow (4) - - OCT 21, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz bottle into a frosty glass. Thin white head that leaves behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a dark brown with aromas of fruity, caramel malts and citrus hops. Sips very smooth with nice sugary malt character and a hop bitterness on the back end. Reminds me of a roastier Myrcenary, go figure. Overall this is a very nice Black IPA. Ranks second in my book only to thw Wookey Jack.
tubintheyampa (12) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfectly balanced black IPA! I’ve had it on tap at a local bar in Ft. Collins, and from a bottle (that I poured into a glass). For some reason I enjoyed it more from a bottle which does not really make sense to me. Either way, this beer deserves a nice rating, for it will be one that I buy often. The high alcohol content is nicely hidden amongst its delicate flavors.