Ibrew2or3 (8024) - 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
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a deep brown body and a long lasting, creamy brown head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, bready malts (sugar cookie), pine and tropical fruit. Flavors are hoppy, fruity, dusty, pine. Columbus in there I think (fruity hop notes that are similar). Dry, lively bubbles.
Ernest (7244) - 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.
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.
TaktikMTL (7014) - 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)
onceblind (6916) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2011. murky dark brown with a frothy light beige head. Big sticky hop aroma-grapefruit, juicy tropical mango and pineapple, slight chocolate tone. Outstanding hoppy sweet aroma. Juicy hop flavor, sweet chocolate, with an amazing balance between both. Big body with medium booziness, some dark fruit, a ton of citrus, loads of floral hop, but is also very sweet with dark malts. Crazy good.
Sledutah (6897) - Utah, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle thanks to Sparky, shared with douglas88
Appearance: Dark brown with a big tan head and lots of lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate and pine resin
Strykzone (6560) - 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.
BBB63 (6543) - 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!
bytemesis (6448) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Jim! Pours clear reddish mahogany, small beige head, some lacing. Aroma is roasty, pine, citrus. Flavor is about the same, light sweet, medium bitter, roasty. Medium body.