Aubrey (3414) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 Boulder Strong Ale Fest: Deep burgundy with a frothy, light-tan head. I thought the mouthfeel was a bit underwhelming; light on the tongue with prickly carbonation. Malts were dark and roasted. Mild, tar-like sweetness with some chocolate mixed in. Alcohol was hidden pretty well.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ O’brien’s. Pour took a long time, I guess the tap had just been put on. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is malty and sweet, not really much hops on the nose. Taste is malty and hoppy and sweet, slight bitter, very nice, very tasty.
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at PP Carlsbad a few weeks back. Color was a dark brown to black. Aroma of roasted malt, with a lot of citrus. Really nice aroma. In the flavor the "dark" component was largely overshadowed by a very good IPA. Hoppy and citrusy.
sunevdj (3041) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear very dark brown with a tanned head and massive lasings. Bitter with hoppy aromas of resin and pine. Low carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Bitter finish with some sour hopsaromas and a hint of alcohol. Interesting, but kinda one-sided.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Hamilton’s Tavern San Diego. A big black IPA, similar to stone 11th but bigger! Nice hoppy nose with some toasted malt. Big bitter finish.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG 2008. I really enjoyed this beer, very nice floral flavors that worked off the malts up front. The malts had a nice depth, layers of caramel and cherry, hints of chocolate, all balanced against the hop finish. One of the better "black ipas" i’ve had.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ the brewpub. Clear dark reddish brown with a 1/2 finger beige head that fades to a film. Aroma of grapefruit, burnt caramel, piney hops, and misc. nuts--pretty hopped up. Flavor was grapefruit and lots of pine, burnt caramel and burnt toast. Long lingering bitterness. Tingly moderate carbonation, medium body. Not normal for the style, though still pretty good. I almost wonder if I should have placed this under American Strong Ale, but they told me at the brewpub it was a Double IPA.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at small bar: Lacey off-white head, dark blackish appearance. Caramelly hop nose. Flavors caramelly and hoppy with notes of toffee. and a slight hint of medicine, and bursts of minty pine. Very drinkable beer and refreshing with a little toffee depth added to the usual west coast ipa flavors
MIBRomeo (2485) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour w/ a huge thick tan head and great lacing. Big sweet citrus hop aroma light floral ntoes some hints of strawberries, not at all what I expected from this pour. Good full nice palate. Outstanding, smooth fruity IPA just delicious.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a dark brown body topped by a thick, off-white head with a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a kick of piney hops and underlying caramel note and a bitter finish. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.