Jcro32 (19) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 Ounce bottle poured into Stone 15th anniversary glass. A: Black with dark brown edges when held to light. 1 and a half finger tan head of very fine bubbles, good retention. N: Roasted chocolate malt mixing with earthy/piney hops. Very inviting. T: Similar to the nose but with a surprising entrance of peanut butter. Semi sweet chocolate, pine hops, and coffee grounds in the middle with medium hop bitterness in the finish. M: Just a hair high on the carbonation but with a silky almost oily coating of the palete leaving me wanting more. O: Great version of the Black IPA coming second only to Dubhe from Uinta in my book.
Jayb0 (1029) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a nice example of the style. The hopping is aggressive, the beer is dark and attractive and the expectation of a rich, lightly roasty backbone is there. Good stuff.
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a tap into a tullip glass. Pours a jet black color with a nice thick light tan head which leaves great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, pine. Taste has a nice blend of bitter hops, roasted malt. Full body mouthfeel. Overall a great beer.
queenholly (2923) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Roasty coffee and chocolate malt, orange hops aroma, really fresh smelling. Black brown with a thick creamy tan head, thick heavy lacing. Coffee malt, ash, spicy pine hops flavor. Full creamy body. Malt character is porter like.
shrubber85 (7606) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Coffee malt, orange, and grapefruit peel/pine hops aroma - tough to put a finger on - seems to change with each sniff. Opaque brown with large tan head. Sweet dark chocolate/coffee malt and pine hops flavor. Light ash and black pepper finish. Excellent blending. Great beer.
maxwelldeux (3665) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh yeah. I really like this one. It is simultaneously light and extremely hoppy. Pours dark and with a relatively large head. Some hints of roasting under the hops, which makes for a really interesting brew.
tkrjukoff (4058) - SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pPitch black with a medium, lightly lacing, beige head. is roasted malt, light pine resin, and a hints of smoke and coffee. Pitch black with a medium, lightly lacing, beige head. Flavor is nicely bitter with some roasted coffee and a hint of smoke. Finishes with light bitterness and pepperiness.Flavor is refreshing, thought the dark portofolio requests.
alexsdad06 (5418) - Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by jeremy. Pours a clear dark brown with a small/medium sized beige head. The aroma is roasted malts, a mild nutty character, chocolate and ash, but surprisingly very little hops. The flavor has all of the characteristics of a porter; roasted malts, ash, dark chocolate with some dry bitterness at the finish. There are some mild resiny and earthy hop notes, but not much. If this were presented as a porter I would be more into it. It lacks enough hop character to be considered an ipa. Overall, this does have good flavor though.
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Ross. Nose is roasted malt, light pine resin, and a hints of smoke and coffee. Pitch black with a medium, lightly lacing, beige head. Flavor is nicely bitter with some roasted coffee and a hint of smoke. Finishes with light bitterness and pepperiness.
Tmoney99 (10666) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by jmborggren. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.