Ericular (802) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown with a thick beige head that’s frothy and long lasting with great lacing. Aroma is a great mix of roast and IPA, running the gamut from chocolate and caramel malts to tropical fruity hops. Taste is malt and alcohol up front, giving way to resiny hops that sustain some bitterness, eventually letting some roastiness through in the end with a faint bready malt aftertaste. Palate is smooth and thick, creamy with a dry finish. More hops than roast here, but overall it works out well. Alcohol is evident but not out of place. Not bad at all!
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.
high_on_hops (794) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An opaque black body with a tan foamy head and lots of lacing. The aroma has a nice balance of toasted malt and slightly spicy hops. The flavor is similar, with the toast and malt making up the forward flavor and the bitter and spicy hops making up the back end.
beerbastard (791) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. bottle that poured a clear dark brown with a creamy tan head. The nose is a mixture of orange like hops with roasty caramel malts. Roasted flavors with chocolate in the background balanced out with piney hops. Nice palate with a clean finish, which is the only time I noticed the alcohol.
ddemmingjr (784) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours brownish black, milky khaki one finger head. Nose is cocoa, subtle pine, roasted malts. Once on the palate, roasted malts, spicy hop bitterness powers through. Long, spicy finish. Abv masked well. Solid, not outstanding
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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.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a foam brown head that sticks around for quite a whileand laces very nicely. Nice Hoppy aroma with herbal and piney notes, along with some malty notes. Full bodied and very smooth with lots of roasted malt and some Hoppy bitterness on the finish. flavorful, complex, and a great balance between Hoppy and malty. This is what a black IPA should be.
highibus (755) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with ruby edges. Beautiful aroma of piney citrus hops. Flavor is ok but a bit thin on the finish. A little disappointed in flavor but great aroma.
bookman10 (744) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brownish-black with a fairly thick head. Strong scent of pine in the aroma. Flavor is a nice combination of citrus and pine with some sweetness in the background and finish. This is a very good IPA.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Very dark brownish-black with massive light brown head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Pine, grapefruit, coffee, dark chocolate and a floral rose-like aroma.
Taste: Great juxtaposition of pine & grapefruit accented hops and coffee & bittersweet chocolate roasted malts. Ends somewhat bitter, spicy and floral; just generally very well balanced.
Palate: Smooth medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.
Overall: Delicious - great melding of Porter and IPA, imperialized. Would love to have this again - I split the 750 and was jealous of the other 375.