mar (4244) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a khaki head. Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, fudge, and great citrus notes. Very smooth on the palate, heavy chocolate, fudge, rich malts, and a hop note in the finish.
TomDecapolis (4221) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep almost black with just a hint of brownish amber when you hold up to the light. Medium creamy tan head that laced. Aroma of oranges, milk chocolate dipped oranges with a hint or caramel or toffee bits. Great hop nose. Hop flavor profile is great too. Mostly citrus pine and hints of floral hops. Bitterness is there buy nicely "restrained". Def IPA territory without being too much. Malts come together nicely. Roast level is low to none which again makes for one of the best black IPAs I have had to date!
notalush (4171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap - a fairly creamy and smooth body for this style and strength - loads of green, oily, fresh hop flavor and aroma - a lot of black ipas fail to balance this with the chewy malt, but this does a fairly good job of it - the malt adds just enough of a sweetness to balance the hops and then gets the hell out of the way - slight roast on the back end that actually works well with the greenness of the hops - tasty.
arminjewell (4159) - Saudi Auroria, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour was dark brownish black with off white head, aroma brought notes of pine, grass, some toffee and caramel, hints of roast along with a sweetness from the citrusy notes. Taste is a mix of grapefruit, grass and pine bitter notes, some sweet toffee, caramel, roast and chocolate, finishes fairly bitter but smooth. Nicely done.
Mora2000 (4036) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours a very dark brown color with a huge tan head. The aroma has a lot of pine and resin notes, with some darker malt thrown in. The flavor is very similar, with the strong pine and resin notes from the hops really coming through strong. There is also some chocolate and lightly roasted malt, as well as some cream and a low amount of bitterness. There is also a slight medicinal flavor, but I can’t pick out what it is caused by. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Strykzone (3810) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. Dark brown with a big funky tan head. Aroma is all hops and there are plenty of them. Flavor is nice citrus and funky roasted notes. It is bready, piney, and funky. Interesting and tasty.
JCB (3789) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from the Wine and Cheese Place, the Lou. Another excellent, aggressively hopped entry in the MR series, long may it thrive. Big boiling black pour, with a silky body, rocky pale head, and tons of sticky lacing. Intense nose of sharp spice and fruity hops. The taste is definitely more fruity, with just a hint of roasts, making this assuredly an IPA. I found it overall to be really satisfying and complex, nearly at the level of Stone SSR.
markwise (3777) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Odell. Pours a medium brown with an off-white head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, piney hops, and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is roasted malts with aggressive hops: pine pushes through the efforts of the malts to conceal it. Light citrus notes also intersperse themselves. Interesting black IPA overall.
jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to Chris, drank from a perfect pint glass.... The beer pours a dark mahoany with a huge light tan head. Great retention, is a looker... Average aroma of a little roast, soapy hops, some pine hops, boring and hops are off... The taste is a little better but not much. Soap is still prominent, with citrus rhine, roast and hops. I don’t like the finish or feel on this.
Not a big fan, I’d pass in the future.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 version on 11/26/10.
dark and woody colored with an off white head. lots of drippy and spotty foam lacing.
big time smell of candied grapefruit... mixed with grass, roast, florals, black raisins and some pine.
the flavor is packed with hoppy goodness but it is not overly bitter. very dry, crisp though full bodied and incredibly quaffable for such an abv%! 8/4/8/4/16