Theis (12130) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Revolution, Chicago. Black - offwhite head. Hugh hoppy. Kalket. Bitter malty and hoppy. High malty. Fruity grassy. Citrus. Licorice. Light medicine notes.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown pour, light brown head. Flavors of molasses, hops and a dry stout. Tastes like shoot Guinness foreign extra stout.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL shared at Congregation Azusa. Pours black with red highlights. Weak foam. Nose is hoppy black IPA style with dank hops, roast, tar, meat, olive. Taste is dusty, ashy moving to some buttery chocolate, hazelnut, slick dairy, coffee with creamer. Strange, maybe some diacetyl is in there but taken over by hop content.
Ughsmash (6911) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GTMW. Poured deep brown with a creamy, dense dark brown head. The aroma picked up a lot of spicy pine over toasted chocolate malts.. fresh and engaging. The flavor found toasted black malts with lesser chocolate at the core.. a lot of pine and sprucey hops around and through the finish.. tasty stuff. Medium-bodied and quite bitter on the palate.. moderate-plus carbonation.. nice balance.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/11/12. GTMW. Rich black pour with a nice tan head that sticks. Awesome aroma with tons of American hop aspects - citrus, pine, fresh hop character, etc. - on top of a nice dose of coffee and dark chocolate. Equally delicious flavor with lots of fresh hop character on top of a well balanced amount of coffee and dark chocolate. Great stuff - I really enjoyed this one!
crossovert (5635) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lot better than the average black IPA. This one you can tell was a more well-produced recipe. A lot of hop flavor in this one, really fruity.
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle dated Nov 1 2012, received Aug 2013. † Got about 13 months on this baby. † Nearly pitch black, dark cola hues, moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing. † Dusty nose of pale milk chocolate, hops, and even softer roasted malts. † Dusty and ashy up front, pale roast, very old chocolate, with an aftertaste that really reminds me of caviar, cod caviar to be exact. † Great on rustic bread, but in a beer, somewhat odd. † They call this a Black IPA, I donít get much hops. † Does have a slight pasture aspect that I wish it didnít have. † Almost a fresh cut grass aspect at times. † An odd duck for sure. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate. † Very stale chocolate on the exit, slight pasture, weak hops, with a touch of caviar. † Could be the age on this one, 13 months from bottling date... † At least those that wait on this now know what to expect ey? † Seems like a Foreign stout aged witih a Dry stout at times.   Thanks Kevin for the bottle.
deyholla (5381) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Kedzie location. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a good amount of roast with coffee and a backing bitter chocolate note supported by grassy hops. Flavor has roasted malts and coffee with a really nice grassy hop note in the finish.
BVery (5127) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Revolution. Dark pour with a nice white head. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and a really nice dose of bitter hops. Slightly floral. Good stuff.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Excited for this one. Pours a rich roasty blackish hue, near opaque with a touch of ruby on the bottom and edges. A frothy brown head sits atop, dies to a small layer and laces ok. Aromas are a plethora of dry hops, florals and grapefruit meet resinous pine, roast, touches of toffee, more hops. Fairly hop forward and dry. Initial is medium bodied offering a heavy hop presence up front, resinous pine and florals meet a boatload of grapefruit, dry roast and toast meet some gentle cocoa, touches of bready and biscuity malts. Middle shows dry and bitter hops, touches of creaminess and toasty roast. Really nice, hop forward, almost a creamy vanilla essence in the middle. Finish is roast, toast, lots of lingering hops with that touch of creaminess hanging on. Lots of hops, bakers chocolate, roast, yet not a very big body. Itís a hoppy bomb, but still quite drinkable. Very nice, kinda that Stout/Black IPA hybrid feel.