KyotoLefty (7552) - 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.
phaleslu (7536) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Randall’s. Pours a very dark brown color with a big, sticky tan head. Aroma of piney hops, grapefruit citrus, peppery spices, roasted malts, toasted sugar, and cream. Flavor is essentially the same, with a nice balance of earthy hops and roasted malts. Medium-bodied, with a roasty mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation. Good black IPA, tried back-to-back with the Grand Teton Trout hop and rated the same.
Ibrew2or3 (7461) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged 0.75L bottle pours dark with curtains of dark mahogany and full mocha head. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, faint chocolate malts, grapefruit juice, tart orange peel and a bit of spicy black licorice. The taste begins with a very brief moment of dark roasted malts that gets swallowed up by a mix of bitter grapefruit, tangelo, lime and spicy hoppy black licorice. It picks up a modest level of malt sweetened citrus hop flavor to midway with dark roasted malts and chocolate malts dancing around the edges. The spicy black licorice like notes and bitter citrus do not let up into the finish
douglas88 (7244) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a pure black color with a huge thick beige head (actually we left this in the freezer for too long and it was pretty unsettled due to this). The aroma is a light roast and some citrus hops. The flavor is dominated by a nice earthy and dry roasted malt. Some rich caramel and citrus malts, lingering bitterness. Nice. Very easy to drink.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to jdskinns: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a slightly oxidized caramel malty nose with some piny hop notes. Starts with good fullness and sweet caramel and pale malts with a healthy amount of resiny hops and good bitter balance before a bittersweet lightly toasted finish. Apart from the oxidation in the nose, this is a pretty good black IPA.
slowrunner77 (7083) - 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!"
alexsdad06 (7025) - Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from boltz7555. Pours dark brown with mahogany highlights and a large beige head. The aroma has nice roasted malts, earthy and citrus hops and some mild sweetness. The flavor has roasted malts, earthy hops, lighter citrus hops with decent bitterness to the finish. Medium plus body and easy to drink.
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate syrup, coffee), moderately hoppy (resin), with a note of pineapple juice.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, oily/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Surprisingly sour and it has a strange oily/slick/coating mouthfeel...very unpleasant to drink. On top of that, the aroma is really simple and not enticing. Very disjointed and aimless, kind of like the dump-bucket beer at an IPA-and-stout tasting. Weird.
BBB63 (6443) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked bottle and served in a Duvel snifter, mucho thanks Dave (dcschiller) for the bottle. Basically opaque ’cept for a amber highlight towards the bottom of the snifter, creamy fading head, outstanding lacework upon the glassware. Plenty of herbal, resiny, piney, and dank hops on the nose, Hopalicious! Also more than a full force of dark charred, sweet chocolate, and roasty toasted malts too. Peppery and clove esters, leather, tar, tobacco, minerals, and dirt, yea dirt works here.
I am sure there is no way the flavor profile could match that nose... well damn it anyway, it not only matched the aroma it beat it! Crisp and dank resiny hops kick your face in and then the smooth beat of the malts caress you into wanting more hop abuse. Boozy, yep. Astringent yep. Take no prisoners, yep. Not for the weak minded, yep. I completely dig this brash, aggressive, beer. A tour de force of charred malt and dank resiny PNW hops. Okay, I just raved about Terrapin Capt’n Krunkles... well this rocks it out even more, now my #2 Black Ipa. Shiz., I am shocked by Odell honestly. I would have never guessed they had this brew in them. Well I am happy they did!
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 12 oz, dégusté au Mondial de la Bière 2012 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur d’houblons résineux avec une pointe de céréales grillées. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons résineux avec une pointe de céréales grillées et de café. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #4396)