r464 (2254) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark with a hint of ruby red and a thick tan head. Roasty but punchy with a malty toast flavor that leads to a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Very full.
blutt59 (6472) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, dark brown walnut color with bitter pine and cocoa aroma, buttery waffles, pine needles and coffee flavor
bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, peat, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, pine, caramel, light peat, and citrus.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Sam Adams bottle, Batch #1. Vintage 2012. Black pour. Thick creamy brown colored head. Aroma of berries, burnt malts, and citrus hops. Tastes of berries, sweet sugary fruit, citrus hops. Not as much dark malt flavor as I had expected. Mostly hop flavors, nice Simcoe© character. Smooth and creamy texture. Heavy bodied. I don’t really see Sam Adams making more of this, mostly because I like it so much. (3272)
unclemike (2870) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a great looking mostly black body with a large frothy dark beige head. Aroma is cola, toast, citrus rind and hint of chocolate. Fuller bodied with stronger carbonation, milkshake thick like fullness on this one. Flavor is a bit better than the aroma, lots of citrus rind, toast, chocolate, cola, grains. Solid beer,
superspak (4480) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip, batch 1. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, and herbal hops; with a bit of roasted malt and caramel in the background. Decent aromas but was hoping for more dark malt presence. Taste of grapefruit, pine, herbal, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, and a bit of coffee. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, roasted malt, and dark fruit on the finish for a bit. Some nice roasted malt backbone in the taste, but the hop flavors are still most prominent. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lush mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall a very nice Black IPA, with plenty of flavor. I was hoping for a bigger roasted malt backbone, but it was still a very enjoyable offering.
Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty dark brown pour with creamy tan head. Nice biscuit and toast almost burntness with citrus hoppiness on the nose. Flavor is more up front hop citrus sweetness and bite but finishes distinctively earthy, leather, resinously bitter. Really solid black ipa.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a good amount of head. Malty hoppy flavor with a lingering aftertaste.
Volsconti (21) - - MAR 11, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect mix of an IPA and porter. My new favorite Sam Adams. Straight amazing
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cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black with tan head, aroma is pine, grapefruit, roasted malt, caramel, flavor is pine, citrus hops, chocolate, caramel, nice bitterness, dry finish, very solid CDA