jrallen34 (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to Chris, drank from a perfect pint glass.... The beer pours a dark mahoany with a huge light tan head. Great retention, is a looker... Average aroma of a little roast, soapy hops, some pine hops, boring and hops are off... The taste is a little better but not much. Soap is still prominent, with citrus rhine, roast and hops. I don’t like the finish or feel on this.
Not a big fan, I’d pass in the future.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from the Wine and Cheese Place, the Lou. Another excellent, aggressively hopped entry in the MR series, long may it thrive. Big boiling black pour, with a silky body, rocky pale head, and tons of sticky lacing. Intense nose of sharp spice and fruity hops. The taste is definitely more fruity, with just a hint of roasts, making this assuredly an IPA. I found it overall to be really satisfying and complex, nearly at the level of Stone SSR.
soyorganic (305) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice beer. Nice looking black, with a sweet coffee-like aroma. Taste: dark roasted malt notes with a hop bite. More malt that hops. It ends with a coffee, dry hop aftertaste that is nice. I would drink this again.
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 (12647) - 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 (18699) - 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 (13232) - 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 (5149) - 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...