Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle to Glass. Dark hue with creamy tan head. Aroma is roast, toffee, caramel, coffee, citrus. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry sweet with a nice bitterness following and slightly astringent finish. Overall this is a decent brew.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Devil’s Advocate in Minneapolis. Pours a dark, dark brown color with a tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma is hoppy, mostly pine, some grapefruit citrus. Medium on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, chocolate with just a little touch of roasted malt, lots of pine hops, a hint of citrus, and a clean, bitter pine finish. Nice intersection is chocolate and pine.
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is very nice--lots of hops bursting out of the glass, particularly grapefruit rind and tangerine. Some roasted malt peeks through at times as well. Taste is quite hoppy up front--more pine than in the aroma--then almost a woody spiciness, some alcohol, and roasted malt. Quite full mouthfeel, somewhat dry, long finish. Overall, a fairly nice beer with good aroma...the taste I’m less crazy about. I guess I would prefer to try this as a "regular" IPA without the roasted malt, but it was interesting nonetheless.
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty nice black IPA, a bit of a muddled flavor, I prefer a little more crispness here
UncleKorm (1203) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a clear dark brown hue w/ a huge thick long lasting tan head and excellent lacing. Big fresh hoppy aromas, pine, grapefruit rind, roast, malts, and chocolate. Initial flavor is a light sweet with a moderate bitter finish of long duration. Tastes are malty chocolates and roasted malt, pine hops, a hint of citrus, and a clean, bitter pine finish. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel average carbonation, and a warm finish.
SG111 (1191) - New York, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with frothy white/tan head and lacing. Aroma is orange, lemon little bit of lime, not much roasted malt character but definitely a biscuit bready maltiness. Flavor is hop forward with a definite very prevalent roasted malt character. Really awesome balance. Little bit of chocolate and coffee as well. Some lemon peel and citrus present. Hop and a little bit of coffee bitterness. Awesome.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bottle. Wow, they grapefruity hops stand out immediately! The pour is an opaque, dark brown color with a full, dark beige, rocky, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting but leaves scattered lace all over. The nose is full of juicy citrus hops with pink grapefruit, light resinous pine, a bit mineral, danky floral, faint dark breads, and only hints at some roast. The flavor is still hoppy but gains a bit of dark malt sweetness and roast; still plenty of pink grapefruit and danky floral tones, lightly resinous, hints of smoke, some dark coffee roast, dark bread toast, and just a bit of dark chocolate in the more than medium bitterness. The palate is medium to full, soft to lively, velvety, and creamy. The finish is still full of the grapefruit notes, smoky dark chocolate, mineral notes, and the floral notes left on the tongue. I had a beer from SKA made with hops from the Western slope of CO just like this one and got the same off-note; it is almost like a dirty smell/taste. Granted this beer was put together much better than the SKA brew, but that off-note took away from what could have been a very nice BIPA. Still, as is the beer is good and certainly deceptive but nothing compared to last years version. I think I am just accustomed to my American hops coming from the Northwest.
Concealer (1136) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Clear dark brown with a thick, soapy, foamy, tab head that lasts and laces. Aromas of roasted malt, pine, grapefruit, light chocolate and coffee. Flavor is the same. Medium plus bodied, creamy and smooth with dry, roasty end.
Steasy66 (1115) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz into Duvel Tulip
Black with light brown head that isn’t going anywhere. Aroma of mild hops, a bit of roast, slightly sweet, nothing special. Decent hoppy flavor, a bit too sweet, lacking roast. This beer seems somewhere in between a stout and a black IPA. Nothing I would buy again.
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
At Odell. Pours black small head. Aroma is thin, earthy hops. Taste is earthy dirt hops malt.