SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bev 4 Less: Poured a dark shade of brown while a thick frothy layer of head rested up top. The aroma is dominated with the scent of hops, however, just enough roasted malts shine through and clearly distinguish that this is not an ordinary IPA. As for the drink, flavor is extremely well balanced between the dark malt and citrus like hops and really compliment each other nicely making this one of the better yet more tame black IPA’s. Finally Rogue released something that was worth my while.
AbbeyRoade (283) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very aromatic. Sweet. Lots of carbonation. Very malty. Unique, indeed...not sure what to think of this but definitely good.
skmikeg (841) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouts a reddish dark brown with a one finger tan head which fades to nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, coco nibs, toasted sweet malts, and some spices. Taste is about the same as the aroma. Has a medium body body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi bitter, medium finish. Overall, a pretty nice, festive black IPA.
NikkTwist (1539) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Moriartys. Clear reddish brown pour. Off-white head. Very bitter malty brew. Burnt orange peels. Cherry stones. Green peppercorns. Chocolate nibs. Varnish. Big bite for such a relatively low ABV. Did not like it at first but its growing on me.
AndyW68 (1040) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with red tint and off white head. Aroma is pine and citrus. Taste follows nose with emphasis on bitter grapefruit. Good beer. Not sure what I would lable it, but did not seem like a black ipa to me.
sagmarium (73) - SPAIN - OCT 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This black IPA has its hops assertive, but not too much. Tastes like a grapefruit was squeezed into it, but with just the right amount. Very good and delicious. Last one at my beer store, hope to find it again some time.
merc7186 (1997) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer poured decently with a dark brown/reddish hue that passes almost no light through it, has a mild amount of head and has very little lacing on the glass. The beer smells decent with a good blend of caramel malts, mild hoppy notes, and a chocolate /coffee smell. The beer tastes decent with a great blend of chocolate/coffee/caramel malts and a mildly hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is average as the beer is moderately carbonated, full bodied, and leaves you somewhat dry. Overall, a slightly above average strong ale with good blended taste but somewhat flat.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out brown with a solid tan head that has staying power. Massive lacing down the whole glass.
Smells of coffee and some piney hops.
Tastes about like it smells. Enough hop presence to let you know its there, but a very well balanced beer. Solid but not exceptional.
Mouthfeel is pretty average. For a winter warmer, I’d like it to be a bit thicker than it is.
I’ve had better and worse both from Rogue and from this style. I was hoping the deliciousness of Amarillo would shine through a bit more than it did, but still a solid brew.
zvsn (509) - ISRAEL - SEP 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at the tasting. Thanks Tom L. Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head. Roasted malts aroma with some faint hops in the background. Sweet with caramel and roasty notes, dry hoppy bitter finish. Medium-bodied. The beer is not in its best, feels stale, will be happy to try it again.
DSG (5672) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 22, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dror S.’s place. Thanks Tom L. Dark brown with a big beige head. Aroma of stale hops, a bit piney, with roastiness and a bit of chocolate. Roasty flavor, a bit sweetish, with hints of chocolate and coffee and a hoppy bitterness, kinda stale. Medium-bodied. Not fresh enough.