KajII (770) - 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 (414) - 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 (4363) - 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 (551) - 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.
fiercepanda (455) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A black beer with a red tinge and a small beige head. The aroma is fruit and pine hops, very nice. The flavor starts with roasted malt flavor and ends with very good fruity and pine hops characteristics. Very enjoyable.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of roast chocolate caramel and pine resiny hops. Pours black tan creamy head and nice lace. Flavors of chocolate caramel and roasted malts slightly oily and hoppily acidic. Pine resin moderate hop bitterness. Mostly rather balanced and drinkable. Solid.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown almost black color. Head was a two finger tan. That left plenty of lacing on the side of the glass as it went. Aroma was pines, spruce and hops. Flavor was the best of the Ipa, hops hops and more hops with some chocolate and caramel. Oily and sticky mouthfeel. Bitter finish. Great all around beer. The more I drink the more I love.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate syrup, coffee), moderately hoppy (resin), with a note of pineapple juice.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, oily/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Surprisingly sour and it has a strange oily/slick/coating mouthfeel...very unpleasant to drink. On top of that, the aroma is really simple and not enticing. Very disjointed and aimless, kind of like the dump-bucket beer at an IPA-and-stout tasting. Weird.
highibus (699) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with ruby edges. Beautiful aroma of piney citrus hops. Flavor is ok but a bit thin on the finish. A little disappointed in flavor but great aroma.