Scipio (838) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky black with a medium, although quickly fading, tan head. Interesting aroma of roasted malts, pine, chocolate, coffee, herbal hops, and even a bit of grapefruit as well. The taste is just as interesting, or maybe different is a better description. Pine is the dominant taste, and there is lots of it. It is mixed with very roasted malts and coffee, with that touch of citrus grapefruit. It is very bitter and has a good hoppy kick that I like. The aftertaste is pine and those herbal hops, while still being very roasted. Medium in body, an oily texture, without any carbonation. This is a very unusual beer. It feels like a big stout, yet the tastes more like a big IPA. Even due to the fact that you don’t find something like this everyday, this one is highly recommendable simply because it is so good.
mcberko (14666) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at The Ginger Man, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out roasted malt upfront, with a fair amount of bitter hops, booze and liqueur-like notes. Flavour is similar, with lots of earthy hops and roasted malt. A bit muted and obscured, but decently balanced. I don’t understand the hype on this. The bar has this listed as 8.5%, so I assume this is the retired version.
RasmusOtt (2389) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma of citrussy hops, roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, citrus fruits and pine. The taste is roasted with smooth cocoa notes along with some citrussy hops, grapefruit and some slight coffee. Very good!
Cousin_Larry (878) - - JUN 9, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at WOBFest 2016. Light body despite the black color and moderate alcohol content.
blueshockey24 (461) - Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours Black with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, malt and citrus. Taste is smoky sweet and malty up front with a hoppy piney chocolate finish. Pretty good.
BeerMeFitz (15) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this pours black with a tan head. Nice lacing and chocolate aroma and taste. great mouth feel. dig this big time
Concealer (1192) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Clear brown with a foamy tan head that lasts in a ring and laces some. Aromas of roasted malt, toasted malt, coffee, charcoal, some herbal notes, pine and light citrus. Flavor is roasted malt, charcoal, coffee, pine, light citrus and herbs. Medium bodied, smooth with a dry, roasty and bitter finish.
BREWMUSKCLES (2566) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
it’s juicy and fruity red. it also is dark with a bit of MEALY fine grit and ashy roast. (but not very ashy) it has a bitter lingering finish. it looks like cola with a mocha head. and a clear burp of ....DILL PICKLES!!! IT’S THAT funky malt. live cans at whole foods Chelsea NYC. OH YEAH BIG PINE HOP.
ChiGuy68 (556) - Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from a pint can. It poured an opaque blackish/brown with a thick cascading frothy brown head and solid lacing. Chocolate malt aroma that the hops fight to punch through. Oh D-Lish! (1st sip). Powerful, complex, and well balanced. Roasted malt, chocolate, and bitter hops on the buds. Not one for the typical hophead, but if you also dig a bold stout, this is defiantly a treat.
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djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is roast and pine. Thin mouth, strong roast, light spice, nice bitter hop biter, good.
Minderbinder (3297) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with low beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt. Palate: Full bodied. Low carbonation. Overall: Nice roast features. Good, but this is not a Black IPA in me books.