reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hmmmm, where to start. Pine tar and oak ash aroma with a sneaky bit of molasses hiding out back. Dark and oily on the pour with a soft carbonation. The lack of hop bitterness and aroma make me question the style, although it has the caramel and biscuit flavors of a good IPA. This IS a very good ale more akin to an sweet stout or a hoppy porter. Sparkle City has a gem here!
bigguns22 (722) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best black ipa’s around. Black in color large tan head. Tons of hops and malt hit your nose then your tongue and stays on plate.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Rich aroma of vanilla, licorice, smoke, and caramel. Full mouthfeel, with dark fruit flavors and a bitter finish.
maxwelldeux (4138) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a near black color with almost no head on it. Nose is hoppy up front, then a bit of chocolate hits, then some dark fruit comes through. Taste is very roasty and slightly bitter. Very smooth and pleasant to drink.
radagast83 (5499) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Lost Dog Dunn Loring. Poured a pitch black, like oil with a small but dense brown head. Aroma was dark, chocolate and roasted malt, touch of pine and hops. Flavor had a nice balanced malt to hop character, something missing in a lot of black IPA beers, as the bitterness is pretty well balanced out in this. Alcohol is masked almost entirely in this one, no boozy notes at all.
nimbleprop (5582) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy, mahogany black with some thin, beige head. Nose of bread crust, pine, vegetal, toast, soap. Flavor is roasty, toasted bread, a little coffee, light black pepper. Roasty finish.
Huhzubendah (2857) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black opaque bod with an inch of tan head that sticks around for the duration. Aromas include roast and chocolate first, followed by some hop and pine character. Pretty tasty brew here. I wouldn’t have guessed it was nearly 10% abv. Medium bodied and well balanced. Moderate bitterness but not overpowering. A nice sipper.
dmac (4562) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz wax bomber from MOTORHEADTODD, THANKS BRO!! Poured a good looking solid black body of medium density and an average sized thick creamy dark beige head. Aroma of green leafy veggies, bad chocolate, dough. Flavor is chocolate, dark toast, grains, touch of coffee grounds some roasted pineapple and grapefruit. Medium to fuller body, creamy, aversge to stronger carbonation. Solid beer.
SudsMcDuff (6682) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle as shown .. dark brown .. mild foam .. burnt hops .. light in all facets, needs work .. . I can count how many times I used a condom on one hand. The answer is ’zero.’ You put them on your penis, not your hand.
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
P: A choppy billowing sea of midnight and crowned with crashing waves of thick bubbly espresso tinted foam.
S: Loads of roasted malts, baking chocolate, cocoa powder, oak, vanilla, sweet prunes, figs, barley and coffee. Aroma is similar to a chocolate forward porter with a tickle on the nose.
T/M: Taste follows the nose but brings more bitterness to the party. Bitter cocoa and spices flow over the roasted malts. Velvety feel that coats the tongue and lingers bitter cocoa and natural spices.
O: Super lush and flavorful. Love the rich chocolate and bitterness orchestrated into a well balanced brew. This is a must try. Cheers!