werberski (18) - New York, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is thin. Taste is of piney hops. Finish is moderately bitter. Body could use more backbone to it. At 8% it is very drinkable. Finish is drier than expected. Not bad.
Lubiere (10746) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown IPA with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet nutty malt with nice floral hops, butterscotch, not bad. In mouth, a smooth nutty chocolate malt, floral hops, light menthol notes, quite nice. Tasted at Raquette River Beer and Wine Fest, July 13 2012.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: Draft. Almost black pour with a creamy tan head. The nose is a mix of roast, chocolate, and pine. The flavor starts off roasty and chocolaty but transitions to a pine and earthy bitterness. Somehow it doesn’t quite all work together. Smooth on the tongue though.
TATE (341) - 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 (13248) - 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 (5376) - 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 (3903) - 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 (3036) - 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.