nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dirty brown/red pour with a light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, earthy pine, grapefruit, musty/bready malt, and a bit of dark fruits. Flavors of spicy/earthy hops, grapefruit, bittersweet chocolate, dry malt. Medium body, Sweet and dry on the front, slowly giving way to the bitter finish that holds tinges of sweetness. Overall, a very enjoyable expression of the style, lots of bitter punch with interesting layers of sweetness and spice... the finish is the trademark Rogue super long bitter finish ala Old Crusty.
Ron (2912) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at D.B.A. New Orleans. Pours a dark caramel color with a foamy head. Aroma is sweet with good hoppiness to it. Flavor is definitely more sweet and caramel-malty than I expected. Very nicely balanced. Good stuff. (they had written in next to the name on the chalk board, strong ale. As soon as tasted new it was a Black IPA)
jflopsu (767) - New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy brown and amber with light brown head. Has a strong strong dark fruit, caramel, and dark alcohol aroma. Has a dark fruit and caramel taste with some hops, malts, and pine.
SG111 (446) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rogue, San Francisco. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is lots of resinous pine. Flavor is roasted malts and intense citrus hops.
GreatDane1632 (823) - USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated based on notes taken 29 Dec 2011 -- This is a very nice Winter IPA. Great flavor, malt, hops and body.
Dl1717 (1) - - NOV 21, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid Black IPA. A little light in body, but clear happy flavor. Could use slightly more flavor for palate feel. Nice finish. Good with spicy food.
slowrunner77 (6728) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"very interesting. rich and full bodied. has an herbal aspect...can’t tell if it’s the hops or yeast. low bitterness and flavorful. sweet, bready and thick, but the tripel aspects come through a little more than the bock. nice unique brew."
Darkmagus82 (1954) - - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-31-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance- Served a deep orange-amber colored brew with a tiny off white head. While tiny the head was quite persistent slowly fading to leave a small amount of lacing.
Smell – Not the standard winter warmer aroma as it is not too sweet, but instead bready and hoppy. It is heaviest of a toasted bread and biscuit aroma with a strong showing of citrus and pine hop smells. Unexpected but quite pleasant.
Taste – The taste begins with a smooth bready taste with some lightly roasted malt flavors. Mixed with these are a light citrus flavor of both a sweet (tangerine) and hoppy bitter (grapefruit) citrus. As the taste advances the sweeter citrus fades and the bitter gets stronger. Soon some resinous pine hop flavors start entering the taste. They start out more mild but get more intense as the taste advances. In the end the little bit of sweet caramel comes to the flavor profile and mixes with the bready and now rather strong pine and citrus hop to leave a lingering bitter flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the creamier side with a carbonation level that was just below average. The creamier body and lower carbonation really allowed all the bready and hop flavors to linger on the tongue and allowed them to shine through, while the lower carbonation matched well the lower sweetness of the beer.
Overall – An unexpectedly hoppy winter warmer. While unexpected, it was rather nice; not too sweet but rather balanced overall. It’s a beer to try if you get a chance.
dbhenry (132) - El Paso, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this excellent ale is medium bodied, with a nice head. Both the malt flavorings and the hops are very complex, creating a very good taste and a very interesting taste at the same time.
Beerdedone (2901) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, pine, citrus and coffee. Flavor was roasty with chocolate, coffee, caramel, pine, citrus and had a bitter finish.
MarcoDL (2652) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent Black IPA. Smooth taste of hops and malt, not much else though. Bit standard.