brokensail (13245) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Jet black with just a bit of head but decent lacing.
S: Grapefruit and piney hops, a mild grass aroma, no real roasted aroma, which was surprising.
T: The taste is pretty much right on for what I was looking for. Not quite the same level of roasted maltiness that Stone 11/Sublimely Self-Righteous has. Like the nose, plenty of grapefruit citrus and a bit of sweetness. Quite a bit of piney bitterness.
M: Quite bitter, fairly moderate carbonation, medium body.
D: The booze is hidden on this, which is quite nice. I really like the Black IPA style, so this was right up my alley.
Christian (11786) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of of citrus and pine hops, with a hint of licorice. Sweet malty flavour with citrus hops and dark chocolate and licorice notes.
Ratman197 (11252) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, grapefruit, pine and earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, carmel and light roastiness with a smooth lingering bitter finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10785) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at 6th Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours clear tawny with an average, fizzy, light brown head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (grain, hay, straw, meal), average hops (flowers, herbs), average yeast (sweat, dough) with notes of grape and apple. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft... RBSG... Almost pitch black with a burnt orange hue when held up to the So Cal sunshine. Nice, creamy, off-white head with terrific retention and thick, creamy lacework that clings tightly to the side of the glass. Hoppy, fruity, roasted aroma. Full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. A lot of bitterness with low residual sweetness, but near-balance is somehow attained. Deeply roasted finish provides moderate bitterness with a pinch of salt.
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the brewpub. This beer is an opaque and pretty burgundy color with a medium thin and creamy light tan head that recedes steadily. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grassy hops and citrus, as well as a touch of malt. Medium-bodied and hoppy with notes of pine and grapefruit, underscored by an earthy malt flavor. The finish is hoppy and leaves a pine aftertaste. Solid all around.
JorisPPattyn (8439) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught; described by Jeff as a double IPA Black beer with orange-brown highlights, covered with a cream-coloured head. Hops, and this time no doubt US ones; fresh and leafy, some cookies. Sharp bitter, near-metallic taste with bitter chocolate flavours; long bitter-harsh aftertaste. Well bodied, but rather harsh on the throat. Not bad! Original interpretation of an IIPA.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured deeper brown with a short cap of beige head.. nice clarity to it. The aroma picked up brilliant pine and citrusy hoppage upfront with toasty caramel and sweeter chocolate behind.. very well balanced. The flavor had sweet chocolate and nutty sweetness surrounded by pine bitterness and faint black cherry tartness.. dry finish with an odd contrast between the malts and hops. Dry overall on the palate and scratchy with bitterness.. just a bit rough for me.
Plovmand (6992) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at 4:20. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Peach, caramel and light roasted malt in aroma. Some pine and citrus. The flavour is pine, peach, light coffee and some roasted notes. Citrussy finish.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at DLD 2008: Boy was I surprised to see this, thanks Nick and the guys at FFF for bringing in this guest beer!
Nearly opaque with a small off-white head and good lacing. The aroma has notes of grapefruit and mango, piney resiny hops, a bit leafy and earthy too, some charred and caramel malt, and a hint of woody smoke. The taste is quite balanced between the malt and hop providing a few different layers of bitterness. The acidity cleans the palate and makes you really for the next taste. Mild roast and smoke towards the mineral tones finish. The mouth feel is aggressive and bright. A very nice beer overall.