Guerde (1113) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bomber from bhensonb) Pours a black color with glints of red when held up to the light and a medium light tan head that retains well and leaves significant lacing. Aroma starts out promising, with scents of roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, and some subtle hits of hops which are more of the pine stripe. Hint of orange moves in with warming. Overall the flavor is more hop forward than the nose would indicate, with some tastes of orange zest, grapefruit, light pine, and tangerine as well. There’s a bit of underlying malt here, but it lightly accompanies the stronger hop presence with flavors of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is lighter than the appearance would indicate, and the carb is appropriate. Overall a solid Black IPA. Thanks Bill!
Thisis12ptfont (710) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light aromas of coconut milk and nuts. Appears black with a magenta hue and thin foam rim. Smooth, rich and decadent flavors of chocolate, toffee and mocha. Interesting chocolate milk taste upfront instantly falling into a creamy toffee/mocha combo and a nutty/hoppy finish. Overall, this is a very well done black IPA with tons of drinkability. I’d give this an A rating. Very unique.
baraciisch (1268) - USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black in color with light tan head... Aroma of dark malts, piney hops... Flavor is roasted malts, piney and floral hops dominate the palate... Decent
joeneugs (2577) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the bottle at the SF beer week opening celebration. It pours brown with a tan head. Nice hoppy piney aroma with coffee. A little cocoa. The flavor is strong piney, spicy hops with some coffee, toast and cocoa. Big fresh pine and spice. Awesome.
Jabic (352) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ar: Resiny hops, citrus and black pepper - dark caramel and orange.
Ap: Black, opaque - large tan head with great retention, major cap of foam.
T: Smooth orange and bitter grapefruit up front - earthy and resiny hops, some pine - some toasted malt and burnt caramel - cocoa and coffee - clean yeast profile - high bitterness with a long orange finish.
P: Medium-bodied and silky smooth - very lush - finish is dry.
O: Wonderful BIPA - deep and satisfying malt profile harmoniously mixes with the delicious orange, resin, and pine character of the hops.
Fatehunter (966) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin head on a pitch black body.
The aroma dances between lemon and grapefruit to honey.
The taste starts with honey sweetness, then pine bitterness, finishes with a lemon bite. The sweetness at the beginning is great.
The texture has a softness with moderate carbonation and medium body.
This is a great BIPA.
Dodgrblu (467) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Firehouse Sacramento, fairly thick head, vague roasted aroma. Biftter front end falls a little flat.
ineedbeer (427) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Aroma has a nice orange and tangerine citrus not with some secondary tropical fruit notes. Light roast aroma. Some fresh hop aroma. A touch of fruit esters, but fairly clean. Light alcohol aroma. Pours a dark brown, lighter on the edges but not black. Thin tan head with poor retention; slight film lingers. Flavor has sweet malt notes with a touch of roast and light chocolate notes. As the malt notes recede mid palate you get some nice hop flavors. Good citrus and a touch of pine resin. Medium high bitterness. Light alcohol flavors. Finishes with a bit more roast and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of silliness. Medium carbonation. Light hop astringency. A touch of stickiness. Medium low alcohol warmth. Overall a nice black IPA. A very nice hop character; doesn’t taste like a hoppy stout, instead a roasty IPA. Could finish a bit drier with slightly less roast. A solid addition to the black IPA scene. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
epiphyte707 (65) - eureka, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz, pours dark dark brown yet still translucent little to no head. Smells like sun dried grapes and toasty notes. Toasted malty up front and hoppy deliciousness after. Awesome amalgamation of flavors and ingredients.
cladinshadows (32) - USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black-brown but clear with some very dark ruby highlights when held up to a light. Very small head dissipates quickly but leaves some decent lacing. Aroma is excellently balanced between hops and chocolatey malt, though both are fairly subtle. Up front flavors are toasty-malty-lightly sweet and grapefruity-pine. Finish is appropriately bitter but it’s a nice, balanced bitterness between the chocolate malt astringency and hop bitterness. Body is light-medium and carbonation is slightly low, which is great for the balance of this beer and lends a certain creaminess to it. Overall a very nicely crafted black IPA.