Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
black pour. slight beige head. Aroma is hops forward, Flutters of pininess and some light fruity citrus from the citra, also underlying roast and dark chocolate maltiness. Flavor is creamy bittersweet chocolate, some piney hops, light citra hop fruitiness evident. Really nice actually, not over the top roasty or piney, like some. Worth getting again for sure.
cmc619 (455) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Into an Otter Creek English pub glass. Black/dark brown. Great pour with creamy head, off-tan. This beer smells like the woods--lots of pine from the hops. Low on citrus, more of an earthy bouquet. As far as taste experience, this is like an IPA that transforms into a stout: you get hit with the bitters at first, but the finish is dark chocolate and roasted malt. Nice lingering bitterness on the tongue. Really liked this when I tried it in Vermont, and it’s as good as I remember it. The whole CDA/black IPA thing seems to be catching on and this is a fine example.
radagast83 (5273) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a pitch black color with a off-white head. Aroma was sweet malts, fruity hops. Woah, this one was a solid Black IPA/IBA. Crisp citrus, grapefruits, pine hops, sweet malt balance. I’ll be looking for this one again.
vtafro (4042) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, and draft. Black pour with some light tan head. Light roasted notes accompany a grassy and pine like hop flavor. Nice dark ipa, not so thick that you would think its a hopped up stout.
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark black with some crimson highlights under a large tanned beige head. Some nice coffee roast and a bit of pungent earthy hops on the nose. Medium bodied, slightly odd sharp tastes in here, slightly roasty and a bit of hops but really just empty in the middle. Finishes up with some slight roast and a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Not really impressed.
thornecb (4639) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black into a shaker. Off-white head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Dark caramel and resin aromas. Sweet and sour pumpernickel upfront turning citrusy in the lasting roasty finish.
TheGB (526) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at BeerRun. A nice black color with little head. Light aroma of hops and a little malt. Nice smooth with a good balance to it.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the mountain bar at Smuggler’s Notch VT. Deep black color with white head that did not last. Good punch of citrus and slight grass hops. The taste was at first bitter with citrus but that dark musky malt and chocolate just slipped in for a nice finish. Pretty good example of what is becoming an ever more loved style for me.
jredmond (5815) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Rattle n Hum sampled with Andrew. Pours a stouty red body with small head. Aroma is light slightly floral and roasty. Mouthfeel is medium, well balanced - with notes of floral hops.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at RnH. My 1500th rating. Dark brown with a tannish head. Spicy florals and choco toasty malts. A step up for otter
Earlier Rating: 10/3/2010 Total Score: 4
Sampled at Great Real NY. A pleasent surprise from Otter Creek... good coffee flavor. Well put together black ipa.