Scopey (6659) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (batch 10) thanks to Ken. It pours opaque very dark brown, with a medium beige head. The nose is pine, roasted malt, charcoal, citrus peel, juicy fruit and chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, ash, charcoal, coffee grinds, bitter pine, some underlying spice, salted caramel and faint citrus peel, with a pleasantly bitter finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Flavoursome and very well balanced. Good stuff.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle served in a CBS snifter. Batch #7
A: Pours a dark black color in the body with dark brown edges where the light begins to penetrate. A thin dark khaki head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin collar.
S: Intense piney and citrus like hops hit you right away up front and slowly afterward the roastiness of the malts and some mild chocolate sweetness carry you to the finish.
T: The hops from nose have the same level of intensity in the taste. Nice pine and citrus hop flavors are up front, but the toasted malts and chocolate flavors come on quicker than the nose. They carry you into the finish where a light astringency paired with a mild hop bitterness await.
M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation. This mouthfeel is exactly what I went in a beer like this. Nice solid stout feel, but with the drinkability of an IPA. There is a mild drying feel on the finish.
O: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Whenever I hear the term "black IPA" I sort cringe in terror, but this beer is exactly what I had hoped every other one of those beers tasted like. Iím still putting this in the stout category, but it definitely straddles that line. Very well balanced. Recommend.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-16-2012
Sarlacc83 (702) - Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle courtesy of grachdar. Thanks!
A: Pure black with some fizz around the glass. Thick mocha head that settles to about a quarter inch.
N: Coffee and licorice. Roasted malt/malted milk. Dark chocolate, oats and grains. Some hop bitterness. Not bad.
T: Lots of dark-roast coffee. The licorice isnít as predominant in the body as the nose. Hints of bakerís chocolate. Some pine and earth. This heavily leans towards the coffee, which is pretty nice seeing as thereís no indication itís made with any. Alcohol is mostly non-existent.
M: Full mouthfeel and a pleasant level of carbonation.
O: A very good double stout. Rather than attacking the palate like an RIS, it fulfills the role between dry stout and its elder brother. Would definitely have again.
drfabulous (3903) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce from West Lakeview. Chocolate and roast. That piney hoppy taste reminds me that this is not really a stout but a black IPA, whatever difference that might be. Nice.
arminjewell (6152) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, very dark black pour with thick, creamy tan head. Aroma brought notes of sweet caramel, orange, grapefruit, toffee, some nice cocoa, chocolate, and roast, some coffee, hints of roast, some nice pine and grassy notes as well, nice and earthy. Taste is a nice mix of roasted, slightly smoky notes, some nice caramel, toffee, hints of chocolate, some pine and grassy notes, the pine is overtaking of the fruit a bit, but nice earth, spice, and a slight coffee note round it out, finishing bitter and dry. Tasty stuff!
pete4999 (1027) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, as pictured, purchased from West Lakeview not long ago. Had one fresh and I thought it was probably slightly better, but this is still great. Strong nose of chocolate and bigtime hop character. Not overpowering with the hops, but still there. Better than Nightstalker, which Iíd consider to be the same style, essentially. Great beer.
andyhwcinc (1433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch #10. Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a very cool early fall night watching playoff hunt baseball. Appearance is a thick pitch black with a very rich tan head that laces to the glass. Aroma is a complex mixture of grassy hops, dark chocolate, nuts, lactose, rich coffee, but the hops really stand out moreso than any "black IPAís" or hoppy imperial stouts Iíve had before. Taste is pretty phenomenal, it gives both punches that are found in a rich stout and a bitter hoppy IPA. The hops come out a bit more piney in the flavor and go down pretty bitter, with that rich chocolate/coffee flavor, Iím not sure of any other beer Iíve had that packs both sides of the punch equally hard. Great stuff, best brew Iíve had from this brewery hands down.
HighWine (951) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch #7 poured in a snifter tonight. Pours like motor oil with a light tan head that thins Fter a few minutes. Pleasant aroma of sweetened black coffee and faint black licorice. Very roasty flavor with a pine shadow. Well balanced, full in the mouth, and tasty. I talked with the brewer about this beer a couple of months ago and he said that aged versions had become more "coffee prominent" which is definitely true with this bottle. I aged it in the fridge. This one works very well.
nsquishee (597) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, creamy, and chocolates. Lots of toasty sweet aroma and taste. Awesome beer!
Godofthecellar (667) - NYC, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured into my three floyds pint glass. pours dark black with light brown head. smell of hops, chocolate with a a strong flavor of coffee. Bitter, dry, hoppy..... flavor of stout but much lighter, cleaner, freshness of a IPA.