thomashall (630) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Odells brewery. Pours dark caramel with minimal head. Smells of piney resin and dark chocolate. Taste of big hops with really bitter after taste that sticks around. Great beer but not my style.
Jur (468) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Easy Tiger, Austin.
Almost clear brown-black, no head. Burnt sugar, smoky, bacon?, boozy goodness. Really nice.
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black wig off white head. Aroma is very piney, sweet citrus, chocolate. Taste is smooth, easy, creamy, medium bodied, good bitterness. Done very well.
kidmartinek (4628) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich, dark brown w/ tan head. Aroma is sticky hops. Resinous palate. Taste is a.combo orlf citrusy hop resin and dark mild malt. Warming finish.
slowrunner77 (9940) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"12 ouncer from a 4-pack. after Stone SSR and 15th AV, I don’t think any other black ipa hangs with this bad boy. had it before bringing in the chrostmas tree...and they smelled the same! well, maybe a little more roast in the beer, but you get the idea. the hops used blended expertly with the dark malt to create a rich, piney brew, with roasted barley, licorice, chocolate, and an overall feeling of joy towards fellow man in the background. Similar to Deschutes Hop in the Dark but bigger. DEElicious. Between a 4.3 and a 4.4! Tasted damn fresh too!"
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] Nearly black in color with a rocky light brown head. Heavy aroma of pine sap and dark roasted malts. Taste include a ton of pine and moderate amount of citrus. Licorice, charred wood, ash and bitter chocolate round out the flavor profile. Sticky, with a heavy lingering bitterness. Solid. Tasting notes from 11/2011.
maekchu (3400) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Zipp’s Liquors. Dark chocolate nose, a bit phenolic, and lots of fumes. Medium dark translucent brown with a fine tan head. Light chocolate initial, heavy bittering, and in final the choco diminishes. Not much else. Medium-heavy body. Okay. A bit mild mannered for a double.
KyotoLefty (9124) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose of chocolate, light coffee, berries, lightly phenolic, fudge. Cloudy black with lace. Sweet and chocolaty, berries, light roasting, some alcohol and a bit of soy. nice fudge.
NachlamSie (3251) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint at the Pepsi Center. Yes, the Pepsi Center. Let me acknowledge that Denver is amazing because the arena that hosts three major league teams has this beer among many other local crafts available. This was supposed to be a 12 oz pour, but the bartender didn’t get the memo. We got a nice deep, dark pour with a frothy tan head. Aroma is crystal clean with roasty, chocolatey malts, even some coffee hints; all highlighted by pine and grapefruit. The palate is thick and full, conveying the malty goodness perfectly. Hops cut through like a knife with straightforward PNW goodness. It’s basic grapefruit/pine but so good. Finish is roasty, chocolatey, then bitter hops come out. This is an excellent example of the style.
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Appearance: three fingers of light brown head, dark brown color, clear, great lacing, lasting head. Aroma: grass, caramel, chocolate, citrus, light vanilla. Palate: medium to full body, sticky texture, average carbonation, lasting mild bitter finish, great lacing. Taste: medium sweetness that lasts for about a second, then breaks and gives way to medium bitterness. Overall, very well balance, pretty unique for a black IPA in my opinion, and just very good.