badwhale (391) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to pint glass. Pours an opaque black with little chunks in bottom. Has a very sweet taste to it, but some hop afterbite. Really smells like wine.
cfrancis (2612) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to a great BIF. This really didn’t fit my expectations, but it still blew my mind. Pours a pitch black with a dark brown head that quickly disappears. Aroma is intense roasted and chocolate malts with floral hops. Taste is deep and rich roasted malts and dark chocolates. A floral bitter finish is quite nice. Great beer.
burg326 (4231) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle shared by markwise, that poured a light black/brown color. Aromas of some smoke, chocolate malt, grass, and hops. Flavors follow the aroma with some sweet malt.
markwise (4586) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Summer Secret Santa 2011 for this one. Pours a dark brown with off-white head. Nose is malt, grass, some hops, and a medicinal maple quality. Flavor is more like a scotch ale than a black IPA. I get sweet malt, some grassy almost piney hops, followed by more sweet malt. I held this bottle for almost 3 months, I don’t know if that is too long and the hops faded or what, but this one tasted more like a scotch ale.
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at Max & Jess’s - Dark brown and hazy pour with thin beige head. Aroma is a touch of butter, smokey, chocolate, touch of tobacco and huge butter and finish of astringency & charcoal. Tasty dryness.
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter aroma with hints of pine needles. Roasted malty chocolate hoppy bitter flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy chocolate finish.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle/22oz - Pours a very dark and pretty opaque black/brown in color. Little head (light tan) and low carbonation. Aroma is medium of dark roasted malts and surprisingly light on the hops... some pine resin present though. Flavor is quite a bit more hoppy with lots of pine and fairly bitter too... the roasted malts definitely take a back seat to the hops in the flavor profile. Finish is quite lingering and also quite bitter. I really like the hops and bitterness, but the beer is not well balanced... at all...
ChristianBlack (25) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2011
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Bottle:
Black appearance certainly looks the part. More roasted and chocolate notes than I expected. Not a bad thing. Decent taste. Just missing hop character.
Well carbonated but just missing that all important ingredient hops!
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours blacks just a touch white head. Grapefruit, dark roasted malts and pine. Taste chocolate, cream, grapefruit, lemon and pine. Mouthfeel is thick and finish is bitter grapefruit.
unclemike (2401) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a very thin head and aromas of brown sugar, peat, a little bit of resin. Flavor has quite a bit of dark malt sweetness-- chocolate, brown sugar, peat-like smokiness, a bit of resiny hops and a nice chocolate aftertaste