punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a big, foamy, white head. There’s lots of floral and citrusy hops with a touch of pine. The roasted malts add a bit of chocolate and roast but without the usual chalkiness that I don’t like in most black IPA’s. The body is creamy, medium-full with soft carbonation.
MrBeerFanatic (900) - Friona, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark caramel color with thick creamy head with great retention. Big aromas of pine/citrus, slight pineapple, chocolate and coffee. Flavors of pine and chocolate upfront, slight earthy/herbal hops and a slight blend of caramel. More on the hop side but has a big malt backbone. Medium to high sweetness with a medium bitterness. On the sweet side all around but the hops poke their heads above it all to make a strong presence. One of the more enjoyable beers I’ve had in a while.
dalekliz (891) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the brewery. Pours a murky dark golden-brown with off-white lacing. Aroma of pine hops and dark malt. Taste starts with a hoppy bitter bite then gets kind of watery, with some pine and sugar. Lingering light bitter pine notes. Eh, there’s not much going on here.
Nikiel (879) - 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.
DenverLogan (856) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Poured from a 12oz bottle into a medium Duvel glass.
Pours a brown with large amber head and lace.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, peat, dark chocolate, musty notes.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of burnt malts, espresso, bitter chocolate, carob, straw and grapefruit hops. Overall very full bodies with a bitter edge but also lots of sweet malts, dark chocolate, and dark malts to form quite a tasty big black IPA....up there with my favorites.
nathan30533 (842) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Incredible black ipa. I received this beer via a beer trade and they guy stated it was one of his staples. Very different from any other black ipa I ever had. Malty and well balanced. Very tasty.
rader58 (815) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark, clear brown/black. Aroma of citrus, caramel, spruce, vanilla. Flavor is toffee, citrus, pine, dried fruit, pineapple. Dry finish. This is a great, easy drinking brew.
KajII (799) - 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.
HIGHB4LL (798) - 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.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque espresso brown with frothy tan tinged head. Aroma is a mix of spruce, nut, toasted bread and caramel. Flavor is a mix of spruce, brown sugar and raisin definitely present. Coffee undertone. Body is creamy but with very active carbonation.