jbeatty (1020) - 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 (2921) - 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.
SudsMcDuff (5812) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on draft, cask, and bottle- even the brewpub version brewed in galveston .. . pours a deep brown black .. grassy green hops, mild roast .. . solid beer all around, one of my favorite black ipa’s to date .. . . i am insulted. is this a book report or a witch hunt?
Bclingerman (1) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Its like someone poured half a porter into an IPA. Its it all the flavor of a good brown ale, and the hops of and IPA. Black as coffee, but doesn’t finish heavy like a lot if other black ales
jkwalking05 (3701) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown in color with an average sized beige head. Aroma is of pine, grapefruit, toast, light ash. Taste is of roasted malts, grapefruit, pine, chalky mouthfeel, slightly dry.
ronaldtheriot (1226) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Saint Arnold Icon Blue has a medium, beige head and a dark, yet clear, brown appearance, with thin lacing left behind. The aroma is very fruity, and I found it was of apricot. Taste is also quite fruity, but, here, I was picking up grapefruit. There is also sweetness, brown bread crust, and mild bitterness, but the overriding note is of the fruit. Mouthfeel is slick and medium, and Saint Arnold Icon Blue finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easily drinkable. The 7% alcohol is just not picked up with this ale. Overall, it’s delightful, and I rate it as such. RJT
BMan1113VR (7854) - 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.
dfinney23 (1643) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cola brown with a dense tan head that slowly fades to leave tons of lacing. Dark and roasty with a smooth bitter finish. I liked this much more than I thought I would.
travita (3930) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brownish black in color, beige colored head, and that’s it. The smell is pine, hops, malt, roast, chalk, and leaves. The taste is hops, bitterness, pine, roast, and grass.
Sammy (8552) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extra from Steve. Who would expect a dark deep blue bottle would be a black ipa from St. Arnold? Fairly basic, too much roast, overwhelming the hops. Deep black colour, a bit of smoke with the roast aroma. OK drinkability.