Tmoney99 (13003) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted rye malt and leather aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet tingly finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.
Ratman197 (12570) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roasted malt, earthiness and light cocoa. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of roasted malt, burnt toast and as hint of coffee with a crisp lingering roasty finish.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Belmont Party Supply. Pours a near black with a medium sized tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, nutty notes, caramel and bitter hops. The taste is big citrus notes, some spicy rye, some roast and caramel. Medium bodied. Good beer.
deyholla (9638) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Roots. Pours a clear dark brown with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a has a combination of musty pine and creamy dark grains. Flavor has dark grains wIth a pretty song grassy hop note with a hint of dirt.
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pint at the HandleBar at their Thursday night trivia. Pours a very dark brown, just about black, with a thin, creamy khaki cap. Aroma of earthy hops, roasted malts, toasted oats and grains, brown sugar, citrus, and resin. Flavor of earthy hops, roasted malts, grass, earth, rye, toasted brown sugar, oats and cereal grains, and faint citrusy resin. Light-medium bodied, with a sweet, roasty, earthy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice balance of hop bitterness and roastiness. Exceeded my expectations for sure. Cool beer.
b3shine (7666) - Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft to pint. Looks solid; a transparent orangish-brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells doughy. Tastes like it smells with a weird taste that detracts from the flavor. Average (at best) on the palate. Underwhelming.
Mora2000 (6134) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark red pour with an off-white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt. The flavor has some strong roasted malt notes as well as some cocoa and hemp notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle thanks to mora2000) clear brown, ring of light tan head. Nose of milk chocolate, hemp, bit of chlorine, Seeds of some kind. Taste of smoke, brown sugar, dry, bacon, Cream, medium body, medium body, well carbonated.
drfabulous (5882) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce from HyVee. Big black body. Pours a big head that fades. Strong hop aroma but not in the body. As someone else here wrote, not so much a black IPA but a black pale ale. Drinkable.
EithCubes (5430) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Lightly grainy, lightly toasty nose, caramel base with spicy rye and a nice dank/woody contribution from the Amarillo. Light chocolate tone. Copper-highlighted brown with a sudsy tan head. Black taste, light roast with light citrus accents, lots of beautiful silken chocolate tones (as a chocolate porter) and some burnt coffee. Dryish and crisp, low bitterness, a little hop grit and stickiness. Medium body and very easy drinking. Really enjoyed this as a layered, complex beer for every day.