Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. Who in the hell thought it would be a good idea to put wax all over a cap? Itís a pain in the ass to open. Finally, it pours black with a small tan head. The nose is more subdued than I thought it would be with a little earth, pine cone, roasted malt, The flavor highlights the roasted malt, smoke, and a little bit of sweetness. The hops add some earthiness and a hint of pine, but itís really a stout, not a black IPA. Full bodied, smooth and oily on the palate. A surprisingly good offering from R.J. Rockers.
hfmejias (1245) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma is not too strong and is mostly roasted coffee, maybe some chocolate and some citrus/piney hops. Smokey taste, malty sweet well balanced with hops (very good tasting beer). The ABV is noticeable but well hidden and not overpowering. Overall a very good beer.
Cybercat (4848) - Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you get this in a bottle, be careful - it tends to foam. At least it doesnít gush like champagne, but you should be ready with a towel. Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a very thick and quite persistent fluffy tan head. Aroma fills the nose with smoky, molasses, hoppy, earthy and licorice notes - it all but says "Drink me!" to one who loves black IPAs. Smoky, earthy, nutty, hoppy and licorice notes make themselves known as they dance across the palate. Firm texture imparts plenty of sass and fizz. Come to the dark side - we have great beer!
Jamesthebrit (415) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: I couldnít really smell anything here.... really rather shallow and pedantic.
A: Looks pretty good I guess.. weird it pours like a full bodied stout or something. creamy head which disipates quickly. Oh also, the wax bottle is way to hard to open. I have to battle with this thing for like 5 minutes to get it open...
T: Tastes alright but I dunno. It tastes like a slightly more hoppy stout or something but there isnít any smokiness or chocolate or coffee or stuff like that. Really tastes more like a stout than an IPA. Not terrible.
P: Sits surprisingly well on the palate. Medium full body. Smooth mouth feel.
Overall this is an interesting beer that I guess falls way to directly between too catergories. Itís like a stout with some extra hops in it but not enought to be an IPA. If I didnít know better I would think this a stout, however, it may be due to cellaring. Iíll have to grab a fresh one and check that out. Itís a pretty solid beer but nothing mind blowing. Oddly easy to drink.
Iphonephan (5790) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of toasted malt. Coffee and assertive hops round out the taste. Nice brew.
Meilby (10774) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650ml @ Geokkjer
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, chocolate, caramel, oat and herbal, floral hops. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a chocolate, mint and floral finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Geokkjer (7262) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of bread, chocolate, crust , floral and minty hops.Flavor is sweet and malty with some oxidized malt, mint,chocolate and caramel.Medium body, average carbonation.
yngwie (16377) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 22oz, from trade with Papsoe. A dark brown beer, lightly unclear and topped by a minimal sized off-white head. Lightly smoked, ham-like flavor with toffee and some vinous notes. Chocolate too. The flavor has some sweetness, but itís mostly dryish. Piney hops, some grassy notes and a hint of orange peel too. Lasting finish with lots of chocolate, some coffee and ham, and a little touch of bitterness and a solid dose of pine cones. Not your average black IPA, but nice anyway. 130420
beerbaaron (1933) - Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Medium creamy light brown head, lots of lace. Aroma is coffee, roasty, chocolate, piney subtle fruity hops. Medium body and medium bitter and dry finish. Oilyish creamyish. Flavor is sweet, balanced piney subtle fruity hops, roasted malt, chocolate. Quite nice. Alcohol content well hidden.
MarinEvelyn (794) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
interesting aroma. chocolate, coffee, malt, dark fruit. sweet.
Taste- sweet, bitter. sweet. chocolate/coffee a bit. Hoppy aftertaste.