kaser (4902) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour from bottle at farmhouse. Tan head. Wheat malty and chocolate flavors. Super rich. Bitter. Cocoa taste. Good
wchesser (1665) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 93. Probably 6 months since I bought it. Light swallowing black with persistent ring. Nose is medicinal menthol, eucalyptus, burnt malt, touch of coffee. Pretty thick, ashy char, bitter hops, and minty finish. Complex and unique stout.
jgb9348 (5316) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black coloured body with absolutely no light penetrating the beer at all and a thin, oily deep dark brown head - very nice looking, like an oyster stout almost and closes to an imperial ipa - not a black IPA. Aroma of biting piney and citrusey hops coupled with a ridiculously amount of deeply roasted malt, alcohol, anise and a bit of vanilla. Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with anise, oak, vanilla, cherries and bunches of bright hops all come together very nicely with one trying to overtake the others ever single second - but the roasted malt winning out most of the time. Aftertaste is super deep with a lot of complexity, but a big bitterness related to the malt and a little coffee note, all with a light sweetness and some pungent hops - still after a few minutes following a sip. Overall, a great black IPA, with tons of flavour, a great complexity and easily one of the best black IPAs or hoppy [lighter] imperial stouts i’ve ever had. If this was labelled three floyds, it would be even higher rated - but this is the real deal, a great beer that should be sampled if you can find it..and if you can find it, it’s best to buy a few bottles - I wish I would have, but i’ll try to find it again the next time in Chicago! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Binny’s in Chicago (South Loop), Illinois on 21-August-2013 for US$9.99 sampled at home in Washington in advance of running the 2013 USMC Marine Corps Marathon on 25-October-2013.
jjgmd (1864) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber via Archer Liquors, Chicago, pours a dark black color with a nice java head. Nose is roasted malt with bitter hops, very well balanced. Taste is full of flavor, deep chocolate with a well balanced bittersweetness. Texture is thick and finishes on sweet fruity chocolate notes. Superb ! Quaff Score 9 / 10
zgaier (1794) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown head and aroma of hops, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is complex, lots of roasty, chocolate, coffee notes with underlying bitter hoppy notes with bitter and roasty tones coming through in the finish. Great black IPA, roasted malt and hops come together nicely
fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Have enjoyed every Pipeworks efforts I have had the pleasure to drink and this is no exception. VERY roasted malts and hop bitterness hit me first - in a good way and all seemed to continue to pull together for a cohesive quenching of the fly need for beer, Me likey!
Errl (2400) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch #007 Bottle..Pour is black with a light tan head..Nose is nice coffee, chocolate, spice, roast..Taste is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, spice..
Niko100 (2451) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, cocoa/chocolate, hops, & some coffee; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, cocoa/chocolate, pine hops, some citrus, and light licorice; Finish is fairly bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, this was more of a stout - but I enjoyed this one.
italianjohn (2677) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #127 Black pour, thick oily with a thin tan head and light lacing ..... Aroma of fresh deep roast grinded coffee, hop oil, roasted malts and pine hops ..... taste of deep roasted coffee, hop oils, piney and citrusy hops with a nice fresh coffee and a great hop/roasted bitterness .... well put together and the abv is hidden well .... mouthfeel is slick and oily with a nice bitter hop and roastedness .... awesome brew
charule (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Binnys. Poured black with decent dark tan head/lace. Resinous coffee aroma like Dayman. Bitter resin tar taste that sticks to the tongue. Quite smooth.