devilben02 (277) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from the bottle with an expected black color and a small but present fizzy tan head. The aroma is quite pleasant, with a light coffee and milk character at first that eventually opens up to include notes of dark cocoa powder as it warms. The flavor is likewise lighter at first, with characteristics of light milk chocolate and black coffee that give way to a nice, deep (almost burnt) roasted malt flavor. The abundant, prickly carbonation is distracting at first, but it mellows with time to a nice moderate level that melds well with the rich roasted flavors.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a pint glass.
4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy tan head. Retention is average with a solid ring of lacing being left behind.
3.5 S: Roasted barley, coffee, and citrusy hops are the most prominent aromas. I’m not a big fan of black IPAs and this seems as much like one as a stout. There’s some caramel and chocolate underneath the main flavors, but the hops are too strong for my liking and the malts are too weak.
3.0 T: The taste is like the nose, but even hoppier. Orange citrus hops and a more than moderate bitterness make this a hop forward stout. There is a ton of coffee flavor in this though. After that there’s a solid roastiness, caramel, and a light burntness.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not really creamy.
3.5 D: This is a good pick for black IPA fans. For people like me that don’t like dark malts and hops, it’s best to stay away from.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-25-2011 01:47:32
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells resiny with some roasty undertones. Tastes resiny and semi sweet with some chocolate and some bitterness on the finish.
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received in trade from brentk56, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid black color with a fluffy khaki head that slowly recedes to lots of chunky lace. Smells heavy on the roasted malts, lots of coffee, caramel, and chocolate mixed with some smoke and a hint of citrus and pine. Taste is much the same. Dark roasted malts leaning heavy on the coffee end. Pine hops come through midway and finishes with a dry long lingering roasted coffee bitterness. Medium body and light carbonation. Nice Stout! I really enjoyed this one, but it does finish a little dry for my liking. I wouldn’t hesitate to imbibe this one if it were more accessible.
Sledutah (4684) - Utah, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, caramel and chocolate
Taste: Toasted malts, caramel, chocolate with a light bitter finish
A decent stout.
douglas88 (6018) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber thanks to Spencer. Pours a dark brown/re color with a medium beige head. The aroma is earthy caramel and toast. the flavor is coffee, light bitter hops, but dominated by caramel and toasted malts. Thin tasting. OK.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a tall brown head. Aroma of citrus, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, and grapefruit with a somewhat mouth numbing bitter finish.
suprchunk (2245) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Black pour with nary a head. There was a slight head when I poured it, but it faded so fast I forgot it was there. Minimal lacing, if any at all. Coppery smell, with some malt and coffee. Watery tasting malt concoction. Not bad tasting, just a little bit on the bland side. Bitter mouthfeel mixed with a muted sweetness. Or, more accurate, watered down sweetness. Not a bad beer at all, just seems like they made a very good beer, then diluted it down to make a good beer.
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from mora2000. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is a little ashy, chocolate, and a little coffee. Taste is chocolate, a little coffee, and kinda bitter.
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy Mora2000. Dark brown color with very little light coming through. Tan head. Aroma is heavy chocolate with sweet malts and light tartness. Flavor is very roasted and ashy. Dry dry flavor with some charcoal and dark malts. Very roasty. Almost burnt.