BMan1113VR (7769) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (02/26/13) thanks to grumpypirate06. Pours with a near black hued body and a medium sized tan head. Aromas are of hops: grapefruit, grass, pine, mild cohumulone bite, a bit of earthy roast and leather, medium-low esters. Flavors are roasty and citrusy. Roast character is ashy and a bit astringent. Nutty, tannic, leather. Hop character is nicely citrusy. With a medium bitterness that is amplified by the astringent roast. A bit metallic and nutty. Medium-full carbonation, somewhat dry body. Not horrible, but definitely more than a few yards shy of a homerun.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of an extra via trade on BA. Thanks. Pours a blackish dark hue, not opaaque as edges show ruby red glow pretty prominently. A frothy brown head atop stays as a decent filmy layer, sits atop ok and laces ok. Aromas present fruity elements, citrus, and florals. A gentle pine element, toasty malts and faint cocoa. Soapy hops, a weird fruity/yeasty vibe at times that is a bit off. Biscuit, marmalade, oxidation and wet paper. Initial is lighter end of the fold, a bit underbodied with some decent bitterness, toast and florals meets just a faint push of citrus. Some toastiness, bread and biscuit. Gentle smokey/ash elements, dryness, earth and faint cocoa nib elements. The hop element gets a bit more intense in the back, ashy elements merging with an earthy and floral distinct dry bitter twang. That funny nose element has died out a bit, the backend showing a bit more body, cocoa nib and dryness really comes in more firmly. Earthy hop, faint citrus, some resiny pine but not as intense as I’d like it. The malt bill seems dry, a bit brash. Underbodied overall (but better into the backend and finish) and a bit brash at times, the nose has something wrong with it.. Either oxidation notes or some odd yeasty feel. The beer itself is solid, if unneccessarily 7% ABV. Ok. Not something I’d likely revisit, perhaps some age added to some detracting oxidized hops on the nose.
5000 (5980) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle:   Deep cola, thin foamy sandy head, little lacing.   Light roast, a touch of soy on the nose.   Moderate roastiness on the tongue.   Falls off quickly, very little bitterness.   Black Pale Ale maybe?   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Watery roasted malt finish, with very little in the way of hoppiness.   Light, and a snoozer of a Black IPA.   Thanks Bill!
carboloader (648) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque, with creamy frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Light, fruity hops, understated. Malt is smooth and not overpowering. Very easy to drink.
dlihcsnatas (217) - Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black brew with a short lived tan head. Smells like grapefruit and roasted malt. Taste is citrus, pine, and roasted malts. While it is interesting it just is not doing it for me. Guess I am just to hard set in IPA’s are amber and porters & stouts are not loaded down with hops.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown pour with a light tan head. Very little hops and roasty flavors going on in this one. A little sweet, toffee, spent grain.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured soda brown with a tan head that settled to a ring. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and a light hop backing. The flavor found pin upfront and a roasted finish. Medium body.
degbert (963) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. First off, the label’s damn near unreadable. No points taken off, but I want to bitch about it. Metallic royal blue on black -- whose idea was THAT? Now, on to the beer. Pours a very dark brown-black with garnet highlights and a high, sticky, lacy tan head. The nose falls firmly in the floral/resinous range, with a definite lavender-meets-rosemary thing going on. Savory on the front of the mouth with soy and black pepper notes, shifting smoothly into a very dry hoppy dark roast on the back of the tongue. Finish is smoky and long. Quite good.
Errl (1256) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle- Pour is dark with a tan head..Nose is roast, chocolate, pine, sweetness, coffee..Taste is chocolate, sweetness, roast, bitter hops,spice..palate is dry with roast
jbeatty (908) - New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 06/01/2013. Pours deep brown, nearly black, thin white head fades to thin haze on the surface, some lacing around the edge of the glass. Resinous hoppy aroma, bright piney edge, orange mixing with melted chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is porter-like chocolate malts, dark chocolate chips, dry roast with moderately bitter hops in the finish, mostly pine in character. Medium palate, average. Decent black IPA.
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is probably the best Saint Arnold beer I’ve had so far. One of my favorite styles, but lacking the robustness I like in the best versions. Still, has a bit of roastiness and the bitterness I like. Tried in Houston in 2013.