bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL as a Christmas gift. Pours a translucent dark brown with ENORMOUS foamy tan head. Aroma is crushed by the head, but still quite faint after it finally collapses. Hoppy and a bit smoky, the charred body has a subtle chocolate note through chewy malt backbone. Smooth and disturbingly light for a 9.5% beer.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Milk chocolate and citrus hops nose. Taste its very sweet, moderately bitter, lots of citrus/grapefruit, lots of chocolate, molasses and a bit of roast.
argo0 (11868) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, thanks Travlr. Large beige head atop cola brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, some grapefruit, light roast. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, grapefruit/orange, some roast, cocoa. Medium-full body, some resin,
Travlr (14475) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of nbutler11 (thanks!) shared at DC local tasting. Dark maroon color, huge tan head. Aroma of grass and pine cones. Taste has ground coffee and pine resin. Hi carbonation. Nice.
bhensonb (11919) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours dark brown/black with a four finger foamy tan head. Aroma is a bit chocolate with a lot of varied hop. Med plus body. Flavor is creamy chocolatey malt with pine, citrus, floral and possibly other hops. It’s just a very flavorful and excellent beer. Finishes dryish, with a lot of hop bitter.
vyvvy (4471) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown that is close to black with a nice sized solid tan head. The aroma has beautiful juicy hoppiness with citrus, pineapple, fund and pine with just a touch of sweetness and clean smooth malt that doesn’t seem to impart any bitterness. Medium smooth body with flowing moderate carbonation. The taste has a non-bitter roastiness in addition to the hops of the aroma, smooth chocolate and hints of vanilla. The finish has some roasty bitterness and light char that is balanced by the bright hoppiness. Excellent black IPA.
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours pitch black with thick, khaki head. Didn’t stike me as in line with other black ipa’s I’ve had. Far more malty than hoppy; not in a bad way necessarily, but different. Smells like smores but with a little bitterness stinging the nose. Tastes similar; roasty, bittersweet chocolate, at times burnt with some resinous hops thrown in. Interesting, but left with a questionmark...
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared at the Black Friday tasting. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. The nose is citrus and roast. The taste is citrus, light chocolate and resin. Medium bodied. Good stuff.
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown with big beige head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel with notes of light pine and citrus as well as some alcohol. Taste is where it shines the beer comes through bitter sweet and dark in an almost perfect balance almost like its too perfect... Palate is not too think with a strong carbonation and a certain degree of oiliness as well as creaminess. Finish has a bitter chocolate tang that i find quite delicious! Would like to age one a year or heck two years.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Wine and Cheese place. Pours deep coffee brown / black with a creamy beige head that left some nice lacing. Nose was full of pine and roasted malts. Lots of roasted malts on the palate, finishes with a good hop bitterness.