thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Vintage. Served from tap at the brewery release party into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a massively dark brown almost black with a one and a half finger light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and subtle bitter hops. The flavor was of roasted malt, subtle bitter hop that intensified upon swallowing, and very slight chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nicely balanced Black IPA. With this one being as fresh as possible the hop character is in full bloom right now. The aroma on this one was quite nice and had a good flavor to follow it up. This one is a must try if you are a fan of the style.
tsd08460 (194) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: molasses, caramel, earthy,
Appearance: black, clear, tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
DrunkSanta410 (586) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, thanks to someone. Gotta do a better job labeling beers from trades. Thanks anyways whoever! Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma is cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, licorice. More of a stout aroma, not much hop presence. Taste is cocoa, toast, licorice, faint pine and a moderately bitter finish. Pretty good. Heavy body, medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not really a clear "IPA" in my opinion. More of a bitter stout. Bitterness seems to come from cocoa or dark chocolate versus hops. But who knows, I’m not a brewer. I’m just a dickhead on a couch. Literally.
BelgianBeerGal (3374) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Norfolk bottle during the CC course at Langley. Nice dark chestnut color with a brown head. Interesting aroma with some molasses, a hint of hops but also a medicinal kick. Nice flavor that has some chocolate to go with a lingering, hoppy bitterness. Nice.
katrinaez (537) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2015 Multi dimension beer. Starts with a burst of flavor then slight bitter then eases into a chocolate coffee. Dark coloring. Had on tap.
Doofgoblin (423) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is more like an imperial stout than a dark ipa... I’m not complaining--It’s got a rich roasty aroma. Taste is an entire bar of dark chocolate with hits of citrusy goodness (almost acidic like dark chocolate). Finish is only somewhat bitter...certainly more of a get you on stage item rather than the whole showcase...
Beerathon (1539) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting beer. Pours a medium-dark brown with khaki colored head and lacing. Flavors of roasted malt, vanilla, licorice, bittering hops, coffee, booze, sugar.
Maxbier (681) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and orange citrus hop. Very chocolatey roast up front/ start is like a stout. Finish is black ipa; piney floral herbal hop with lingering chocolate. Interesting combo of stout flavors and ipa character. Enjoyable.
Theydon_Bois (12595) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at Craft Conundrum, Charleston, 18/02/15.
Light black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is light roast, bitter hops, earthy, liquorice.
Taste comprises more liquorice notes, spice, earthy, light pine.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Lower end of the CDA spectrum for me but drinkable none the less.
Nero55 (865) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with a very thin tan/orange head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, and a hint of mint. Medium body, roasted malt, hint of burnt malt astringency, moderate hop bitterness, slight alcohol warmth, and a astringent bitter finish.
arojewski (51) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into traditional pint glass with etching, resulting in foam over. Fluffy tan head over deep black. Nose not notable, but the flavor! Opens sweet with mild bitterness close behind.