TATE (285) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Bottle from Paul. Didn’t get to pour, was on the golf course. This is a well balanced beer. I was shocked when I looked at the label and saw it was 8.2%. I couldn’t sense any heat or flavor from the high alcohol. There is a lot of roasted flavors almost like a highly hopped stout. The hops were not overpowering though which I liked leading to a good balance between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness.
Leighton (10512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home in CT, USA. Pours black with a creamy, beige cap. Big pine and grass hop nose, with decent roast, too. Medium sweet flavor with heavy grassy bitterness, heavy roasted malts and burnt cocoa. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Fairly dry on the finish, with burnt wood, charred malts and roast, pine, mild oily resins and grass. Lingering bitter roast and grass. A very decent black IPA.
radagast83 (4439) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at NOVA BrewFest. Poured a dark, almost black color with a dark tan, almost brown colored head. Aroma was citrus malts, nice lightly roasted and sweet malt balance. Flavor was citrus and pine hops, with a nice malty balance to it. Enjoyable.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Why is it so hard to make a decent black IPA? Seriously? I mean, this is ok, but that’s about it.
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of beerandbeyond, Pours black with a decent head, aroma of cascade some bizarre sour tones and roasted notes, flavor of grapefruit and smoky tones, some chocolate and coffee, medium bodied, decent
idedek (157) - USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
a nice full nose with chocolate hints and coffee. the flavor was a bit mild and a hoppy finish that doesn’t really deliver enough hops for the style
kerenmk (2195) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sample at a tasting in our place. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours black, opaque, tan head. Wine and sycamore aroma, soft bitterness, a little roast and wine taste. Medium body, soft carbonation, roasty finish.
BREWMUSKCLES (2200) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
piney and a bit on the mellow side with some smoke in a bit of salt. a little grapefruit and not much malt that you can discern but the smoke is where that is at. acrid, salt and hop and i like this brew. The body is a 3.5 on the scale of 1 to 10, it is refreshing.
DSG (5634) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks beerandbeyond. Dark brown. Aroma has a bit of dark fruits, a bit of old hops and some roastiness. Sweetish roasty flavor with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied. OK.
PhatB420 (615) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz into a tulip. Pours a coal black with a brown laced head the rings around the top. Taste is dark chocolate, malty extravagence, and hoppy interludes between an ipa, porter and a black lager. Not the best blakc ipa out there, but certaintly not the worst. the abv is well hidden here, so watch out. Aroma is hoppy, dark choco, cocoa, and roasted fig. Aftertaste is slight bitter, dry, hoppy, and full bodied. A nice offering from peaks and the great state of Maine.