danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap at Port OB. The appearance is a deep brown almost black hue. The nose is full of woody pine hops with a bit of grain or husks. The flavors are full of spruce pine, earthy/woody hops, a touch of pepper. The roasted malts are not here like they were in the 2.0 despite a similar color. More of a pure IPA profile going on. Nicely carbonated mouth with a slight drying but not uber-bitter. A very tasty brew.
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ PP Ocean Beach: Poured a dark black liquid with a firm layer of foamy head. Aroma is mildly hoppy with a hint of citrus juice or citrus peel. The flavor is subtle with a bitter bite of hops but with minimal notes of roasted malts. Palate is heavily carbonated with tiny explosions of bubbles while I swallow each gulp that at times seems to be similar to drinking a soda pop such as Dr. Pepper or anything similar.
asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
[on tap at OB Pizza Port]
Citrus and cat pee aroma with some sweet base malt and apricot and celery notes. Almost opaque black under a tawny flannel blanket. Almost salty pine and bitter cat pee hops flavour that is dry and bitter with black malt. Almost smokey. Slightly astringent feel with medium carbonation and a light to medium body.
JorisPPattyn (7784) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Black with ruby highlights; small cream head; Hoppy, dry hops, hopbales, tad of ureum. Very surprising, perfumey flavoured, with lavender and other faint herbal flavours - and little hop?!? Medium bodied, quite slick, slowly fading flavour. Good, but taste has surprisingly little hopflavour, at least for an IPA, black or otherwise.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Phone rate. Tap at OB. Black with brown edges and a small clingy beige head. Aroma of chocolate malt and pine hops up front, some light sweaty citrus and biscuit malt following. Flavor is quite piney with a citrus rind zest thing going on. Reminds me of Pine-Sol without the cleaner notes, so in a good way, also some good danky notes. Only a little caramel chocolate going on by way of malt. Finish was dry, bitterness peaked at a 5, tinge of earth. Burps tangerines. Low prickly carbonation with medium body. Must’ve worked out some kinks in this batch, as I don’t usually like the style, and I rarely rate anything higher than Dakine. Rerate added 0.3 points from a growler <1 day old, and will amend this accordingly over the next couple weeks, as I’m sure it’ll be on tap a little while. This rating is from 3/17/2012, and accidentally rated under 2.0.