eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2009 Bottle from SL. The logic was: ooooh, blue wax, new label, black IPA (trendy style), must be fun. Well, it was decent, but nothing great, fun though! Pour was dark brown, well-beyond reddish or orange. The aroma was citrus hops, slight roasty elements. The flavor was roasty, ashy, choco, and then some piney and citrus hops. Really a decent brew, but the malt base underneath was a bit too sweet, and I wanted more hops. This came across as a hoppy porter instead of a black IPA. Fun stuffs, though. Mouthfeel moderate for the style. Good warmup beer for the night, where the Eagles whooped up on them Gints!
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blue dripped bomber, steeze pure SC steeze. Dark and well balanced... sooo not an Impy, more like an American Strong but that’s fuckall it’s very well done. Dark citrus. + points for locality.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz blue wax-dipped bomber from CBX. pours a deep, chestnut brown with a thin, bubbly light tan head and solid lacing. aroma is very nice with mildly sweet, nutty, dark malts and lovely citrus hop note of pink grapefruit and orange along with sweet florals, canned pineapple, and earthy pine that really pop when the glass is swirled. flavor is quite tasty and certainly unique with big, resinous pine hop notes and a touch of citrus initially with nutty, toasted malts, toffee, and cocoa on the back end leading to a bittersweet finish with a touch of roast coffee. palate is medium bodied with mild carbonation and maybe a touch thin for a dipa. overall, and very solid, unique, brew.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark malts with a mild resiny piny hop note. Starts with average fullness and a semi-sweet toasty dark caramel and roasted malty flavor with a pretty good balance of fresh piny bittering and flavor hops before a bittersweet dark chocolate finish. A pretty enjoyable dark IPA, but could use a little more fullness. Hides its alcohol well, though.
BlackWarrior (202) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown pour with a reddish hint. A small, foamy head leaves some lacing. A floral, hoppy aroma, with a slight nuttiness. Nice crisp, medium body mouth. Well balanced flavor starting with a hint of roasted coffee and ending with a strong hop note and some bitterness. A satisfying beer that can be enjoyed both alone and with steak or stronger cheeses.