squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gift from boss! Who doesn’t remember giving it to me. Must have been bottled at least a year ago. 22oz brown glass crown cap. Served well chilled in a tulip. Very dark brown with red hints. Fluffy, very light brown clay-colored head. Barnyard brownies, menthol, mild coffee, and dried fruits and grass waft forth challengingly. Only first sip shows booze. Wonderful earthy creamy texture. Flavors of coffee-cookie, mild basilly thing is very cool, a little Spanish brandy and toffee. Very good hoppy dark ale blurs the line between strong porter and IPA. Great with tangy feta, tomato, fresh thyme, black pepper, olive oil salad. Also the best looking label of any Rock Art beer I’ve seen.
Bulk_Carrier (3539) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUN 30, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a gentle pace. Mild lacing ran around the glass in a messy sort of way.
The smell started off with a mild sweet to rustic sort of crisp coffee tones running into some bitter piney hops.
The flavor takes the bitter portion of the piney hops and leads on further into the bbitterness of the coffee tones. Big bitter piney to coffee aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed fairly strong but still allowing enough harshness from the bitter hops and coffee tones to cling to my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good black IPA that I could have again. And the alcohol level really wasn’t felt.
Slipstream (2423) - USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty, moldy, humid, piquant, spicy aroma, plus some limey tang. The taste is another world from the scent: smoky and malty, with some burnt caramel warmth in the finish. Black Moon is a malty, slightly oily, resiny IIPA, with some fine, roasty malts. I like reviewer Garret’s point that it is not really an IPA. Very good if not super - a solid purchase.
puboflyons (3014) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. Clipped at February but I am never sure of what year the way Rock Art marks its labels. Deep dark brown color with a foamy, lingering tan head. The aroma is a fill does of earthy, piney hops with a moderate malt character. Just a little booze. The body is full yet smooth. Those pine and earthy hops really penetrate the senses when I taste it. They attack my sinuses while the gritty and charcoal tasting malts play underneath. Explosive hope bitterness. Anyone who goes beer shopping in Vermont knows that the Hunger Mountain Cooperative in Montpelier is a good place to find some special beers. So it was not happenstance that one of Vermont’s premier local breweries (Rock Art) would collaborate to brew a beer specifically for The Coop.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from the brewery. Pours a clear dark brown with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus, piney hops, chocolate and a bit of roasted malt and clay. The taste is chocolate, roasted malt, strong citrus hops. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness.
malrubius (2518) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Woodstock Hops and Barley. Black with tan head and lace. Spicy hop aroma with hints of fruity hops and chocolate chip cookies. Roasted dark chocolate covered coffee beans nuts and lots of tangy fruitiness sweetness. Medium complex spicy cinnamon and fruity hops. Fairly dry with some lingering woody spicy bitterness. Fairly complex. Very good, maybe excellent. I’ll decide when it warms up a bit. Great palate for abv well hidden alcohol. I guess I’ll go with excellent.
crossovert (10986) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty boozy and intense black ipa, not ridiculously hopped, lots of roasted notes and cocoa.
curepute (141) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black in color with a tiny off white head. Hoppy roasted malt nose, maybe a little bit of coffee. Taste starts out bitter with roasted notes but turns sweet quickly. Finishes long and bitter.
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to the CDA finder general, 27/03/14.
Hazed dark mahogany brown with a moderate light tan swirl atop the glass.
Nose is punchy hops, dark berry fruit notes, bitter grapefruit, grassy, light spice.
Taste comprises bitter hops, roasty bite, grapefruit, cooca powder.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Decent enough CDA.
madmitch76 (21549) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
27th January 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s. Thanks to CDA sourcer extraodinairre - Leighton. Semi opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light and crisp. Dry and light malts, touch of roast. Light airy malt cream. Mild tangy fruits and floral notes. Bitter pine and a trace of dark chocolate. Light dry finish. Not bad at all.
Scopey (11954) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 Bottle thanks to Leighton. The taste is roasty, toasty, earth, treacle, pine,vanilla, coconut and marshmallow. The taste is oily, toast, roast, earth, charred wood, earth, vanilla, charred notes and toast with a dry finish. Medium body and body and fine carbonation. Fine.