AirForceHops (4042) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Back of the label states “ Batch 1 “ Beer is dark brown with deep ruby highlights, big tan head. Nice retention, some lacing with moderate carbonation. Aroma is mildly hoppy, a little pine, mostly noble hops. Flavor has roasted malts throughout with a bit of bitter chocolate and is backed by a nice fresh grass/pine hop notes. Citrus notes in the finish. Is this the biggest, boldest, most hoppy black IPA / porter you will ever drink, no BUT it is a nice way to introduce a different style to the masses. ( or a buddy who is just starting in craft brew) Really blurs the lines of a style. Interesting and a real easy drinker for me. I love what Mr. Koch has been doing the last few years, well done Sir!
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I didn’t think this was terrible at first. It had some great rich flavors and somewhat fresh piney and citrusy hops, however something definitely didn’t sit right half way through the beer.
Ughsmash (7265) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured clear medium-deep brown with a short, dense tan head. The aroma picked up burnt black patent and licorice malts topped by fresh, green citrus and lesser floral hoppage.. bright hoppage over what seemed like a solid base porter.. no complaints. The flavor found more burnt licorice at the core than anything else.. bright grapefruit and other fruity bitterness around.. like the aroma, it came across very fresh.. roast and green bitterness on the long, well-balanced finish. Medium-bodied, dry, bitter, and roasty on the palate.. not my favorite style, but it was put together well.
bb (7194) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a light brown head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma. Light chocolate and grapefruit flavor with light pine and light darker malts. Medium bodied. Light chocolate and toffee lingers with grapefruit and light pine.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle: Pours a clear dark mahogany with clingy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet light caramel malty nose with some piny hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and a dark sugary malty sweetness with some resiny bittering hops, finishing drier and bittersweet with a touch of grainy malts. Not as clean or smooth as I’d like in a black IPA, but certainly not offensive.
decaturstevo (5342) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with tan head and clinging lace. Aroma is roasted malt and lightly burnt coffee. Flavor is sweet espresso/choc flavor that quickly transitions to a malt bitter that has tones of grapefruit zest. A beer that is a tad more complex than my taste buds. A pretty decent sipper that I would be proud to call my own if I brewed it. I would hate to judge it in a competition. Smooth with good carbonation.
Tmoney99 (11551) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, earthy hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good complex beer.
presario (4784) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark beer with healthy brown creamy head and a bit of lace or "head rings". Aroma is mostly roast malt with some citrus around the edges. Full soft body wants to be a porter but strong citrus hops compete in a 60/40 split on the tongue making this a very interesting beer.
nittanyjim (66) - - MAR 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, dark brown/black with an ample tan head. Nice lacing. Nose is overwhelmingly pine hops. Bitter start, mixing with malt roastiness before the bittering hops linger. Some alcohol warming at the finish. Excellent smooth mouth feel, almost creamy.
thegreenrooster (3415) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a black with a large tan head. Aroma is a nice fresh piney hop with a little roasted malt in there. Flavor is more of the roasted malt aspect. Hops play a minor roll here but the roasted malts make up for lack of hops in the flavor. A very roasted and burnt malt lay on the tounge. More baltic porter than IPA but still has a decent hoppy backbone to make this one a soild pick up.