M82 (212) - Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 One of my favorite ABAs. Restrained dark complexities balance assertive but respectful citrusy hop notes to create an outstanding ale. After a days work, this is at the top of my list. Earthy, bold, balanced, and satisfying. To take this up a notch, it does just fine in the frig for several months. I actually prefer it fresh, or with about three months of 40° on it. Self-righteous definitely isn’t doing that.
Tybalt (203) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours fairly black...very small tan head. Smells of roasted nuts with some hops. Mostly tastes like a mild IPA...you can barely get a sense of the roasted nuts in the taste that you get in the nose. A likable IPA, but not as complex or interesting as most black IPAs I've had.
bigcat03 (203) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a snifter, black with a thick tan head; aroma is pine and little else; pine, cedar, a tiny bit of roasted malt up front; a well balanced finish; nice medium-heavy body and carbonation that doesn’t get in the way. An odd beer that I’m reserving final judgements on.
Frahmo (200) - Idaho, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, poured a nice black with a single finger of brown foam. Strong malty taste on a medium body. Bitter flavors are toned down. Alcohol content is barely noticable. One of my favorite beers!
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown with big beige head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel with notes of light pine and citrus as well as some alcohol. Taste is where it shines the beer comes through bitter sweet and dark in an almost perfect balance almost like its too perfect... Palate is not too think with a strong carbonation and a certain degree of oiliness as well as creaminess. Finish has a bitter chocolate tang that i find quite delicious! Would like to age one a year or heck two years.
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. Pours a deep brown with a very frothy looking light tan head.
Very interesting aroma, nice balance between hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Defiantly some sweet tobacco, and roasty coffee bean aroma.
Nice flavor, it is defiantly an IPA. A lot of black IPAs are too sweet IMO but this defiantly is dominated by bitter flavors not to say the malty sweetness is not there. Medium body with a carbonation on the high side of medium.
maltman53 (196) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark French roasted coffee color, hoppy nose, palate is like a stout meets a West Coast IPA, caramel/coffee all over the palate, yet a beautiful balance hides the 9.5% ABV, ending with a crisp, hoppy, deep roasted malty finish. This beer is stout meets DIPA. Outstanding!
want1DIPA (195) - - OCT 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour. Black IPA’s are my favorite and this one hold true to the style. It’s hard to believe this brew is 9.5%. It has a good roasted coffee taste with a solid hop aroma. Well-crafted.
cthomas2390 (194) - Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour. Nice earthy hops aroma. Malty note matches resiny hops. Very clean dry finish.
TylerGreenDC (190) - - OCT 5, 2013
2.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
In 12oz bottle. Wonderful aroma of pine and dark chocolate, but from there it?s all downhill. Taste is syrupy with dark chocolate and mud. Mouthfeel is sticky, Nyquil-esque. Must be better on draft?!