Voodoo (227) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful aroma of malty coffee, and taste begins a bit thin with a light bittering and slight sweet toffee taste but the aftertaste is pure bittered coffee. An interesting change of pace, not sure about a steady diet, but interesting taste and well presented bottle with itís waxed top.
mjmcend (209) - USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is of light smoke with hoppy notes. Slightly floral at the end. Appearance is dark brown, bordering on black. Slight dirty head that dissipates very quickly. It is the first thing that makes you take note that this isnít a stout despite the color. Taste starts out with almost sweet black licorice, and followed by hops. It also has some chocolate and floral notes. Palate has an oily feel, with average carbonation. Overall, this is a superb black IPA and a wonderful example of the style.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Recommended by Jamie of the Wooden Keg. Pours almost black very dark brown hues with almost no head. Aroma of choc and a blend of hops malts, a little weak though. Not reminiscent of an IPA at all, it has a bitter chocolate flavor, nuts, some maltiness, Full body, soft carbonation, it has a long finish that is actually rather sweet. Gets better as it warms.
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.
nbondi (197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Suttree for this one. Dark caramely brown with decent tan head. Nose of citrus, raisin, chocolate, caramel. Medium body, good carbonation. Good chocolate and dried fruit flavors with decent bitter hop bite. A departure from other black IPAís Iíve tried. Not sure it fits in that category. Alcohol is well masked. Nice, lasting chocolate covered raisin finish. Very good.
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.
Jamesthebrit (133) - Greenville, South Carolina, 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.
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought a 650mL bottle of this from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO for $7.49. Poured from the Blue Waxed topped bottle w/ a Ship on the front of the label into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has no freshness date but definitely from 2011.
Aroma- A rich and roast nose. Tons of light coffee like attribute with hops wanting to come out on the nose but surely canít because of this malt character. Good overall.
Appearance- Pours a .5, dark tan colored head that dies fairly quick. Has a deep brown colored body with no clarity. Leaves a few suds behind on the glass.
Flavor- Once again, tons of malt, roast, and light coffee flavors. The hop is tough to find out but judging by the medium-high bitterness level, I suppose it is in here. Slight burnt flavor as well.
Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Sticky, and has tons of hop in the finish mixed with roast.
Overall Impression- Once again, this style ALWAYS makes my head hurt, wondering what I should be looking for... This one was drinkable with malt covering up most of the hop flavors. Good all around and starting to enjoy RJ Rockers and their beer portfolio.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. This beer canít make up itís mind from a bitterness standpoint. Is it a chocolate bitterness or a hop bitternes? Still a unique beer with a malty aroma and one hell of a head.
FSUScott (99) - Rome, Alabama, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice amber color. smoky aroma. off white head. nice tangy hoppy flavor. great soft feel and fairly smooth going down. good beer.