nolankowal (929) - 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.
Darkmagus82 (993) - - 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 (122) - 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 (2609) - 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 (2146) - 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.
angel77 (901) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botella de 65 cl en el lúpulo en septiembre de 2013. Lote mm013 hasta 17-05-2014. Color negro con espuma beige. Aromas y sabores bastante especiados con un cuerpo ligero a medio de 6.5 vol con fácil paso por boca. Ligeros notas dulces y tostadas. Normal, sin muchas sorpresas.
Patrickctenchi (3578) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly clear, red-brown....
Woody, caramel and alcohol aroma.
Taste is woody.....dry...caramel and citrus.
dixebra (5) - La Felguera, SPAIN - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella de 65cl en El Cabanon, con Andrés Lúpulo. Sabor perfecto. Gran cerveza para una gran ocasión
junon (410) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black IPA? Ehh dunno. Balanced malt and hop flavour. Viscous mouth feel. Spiced bouquet. Very nice.
fugitive (1330) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color deep red with medium brown head. Aroma malt, caramel, roasted, hoppy, orange. Taste bitter, fruits, malt, roasted, caramel.
shrubber85 (7557) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Vanilla caramel malt and orange peel aroma. Dark amber with moderate head. Sweet caramel malt and orange peel flavor. Very solid.