Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark red/brown with light brown head. Smells very hoppy and roasty. Has an amazing combination of warm roasty flavors and complex hop aromas. The flavors combine well enough to balance out. There’s not much as far as coffee aromas go (which I like). Ends with a subtle yet distinct war roasty flavor.
portableparty (1920) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pour is brown black with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is floral pine and roasted scents. Taste is great with nice bitter hops which come off piny and roasted malt and earthy flavors. Palate is medium feel with a somewhat creamy texture and finishes chaulky. This is solid and like it as much if not more than Southern Tiers Iniquity.
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked bottle and served in a Duvel snifter, mucho thanks Dave (dcschiller) for the bottle. Basically opaque ’cept for a amber highlight towards the bottom of the snifter, creamy fading head, outstanding lacework upon the glassware. Plenty of herbal, resiny, piney, and dank hops on the nose, Hopalicious! Also more than a full force of dark charred, sweet chocolate, and roasty toasted malts too. Peppery and clove esters, leather, tar, tobacco, minerals, and dirt, yea dirt works here.
I am sure there is no way the flavor profile could match that nose... well damn it anyway, it not only matched the aroma it beat it! Crisp and dank resiny hops kick your face in and then the smooth beat of the malts caress you into wanting more hop abuse. Boozy, yep. Astringent yep. Take no prisoners, yep. Not for the weak minded, yep. I completely dig this brash, aggressive, beer. A tour de force of charred malt and dank resiny PNW hops. Okay, I just raved about Terrapin Capt’n Krunkles... well this rocks it out even more, now my #2 Black Ipa. Shiz., I am shocked by Odell honestly. I would have never guessed they had this brew in them. Well I am happy they did!
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Tournament. Black pour, luscious creamy tan head. Fresh, piny hops aroma. Nice prickly carbonation mouthfeel, Flavor is a combo of roasted malt and more fresh, resinous, piny hops. Awesome beer.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Total Wine - Pours a brown color with a large light tan head. Aroma is floral, pine, and citrus hops with a touch of roasted malt trying to stick its head in there. flavor is big pine hops and roasted malt. The hops really linger in the finish. Medium body. Drink this one sooner than later. A good beer.
wchesser (1197) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown translucent and cloudy, Medium to thick head. Nose is mild hop resin and oak. Very balanced with great toasted malt flavours and sweetness against the hop back. Alcohol clocks 9.5% but is fully integrated. Mouthwatering acid and largely back palate.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark brown. Lots of head. Nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Hoppiness is strong without a ton of bittering on the palate. Really enjoyable brew.
RSRIZZO (1855) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle corked and caged poured onto a Tulip at 41°. Color is black, a hint of maroon showing when held up to a light. Carbonation is good producing a big tan head. Aroma is big on the hops with a back note of roasted malt. The bold medium body has a smooth mouth feel with a slight fizziness. Flavor jumps out with a deep roasted taste of coffee and chocolate then a bit of floral hops comes in followed by a mellow bitterness. In the after taste the hops turn from floral to a very light citrus and the bitterness comes up giving it a slightly dry feel. This brew rocks, it may be the best Black IPA I have had so far. Its amazingly complex and rich yet very drinkable. Its only down fall is the $13.50 price tag, if it was a little less I would drink it everyday.
tennisjoel (1180) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting. Black body with a huge off white head, which literally took over 3 minutes to settle down. Very unique and interesting aroma with hops, vanilla, and other hard to describe notes. The hops are a bit muted for my tastes, but I think this is a good beer. It definitely doesn’t taste like any beer (including black IPA) that I’ve tried up to this point. A bit of a floral hop flavor, soapy texture. Slightly odd but not bad. Aroma beats the flavor.
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured at the Beer blogger conference for the speed blogging
Great aroma dark malts floral hops. Flavor was rich with roasty malt and hops with fruit and floral character. This had a wonderful finish a great Dark IPA for me.