Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown cola like in color. large two finger frothy beige colored head. lots of amber hues
aroma is actually somewhat hoppy. some citrus notes going on. chocolate roasted coffee malts. metallic.
taste is similar to the nose. some roasty chocholate and coffee notes as expected from a porter before a floral, citrusy and even piney hop flavor cuts in. Finishes with an interesting combination of roasty bitterness and hops. Earthy yet still getting that metallic flavor. Well balanced.
Medium bodied. soft carbonation. good balance of sweet and bitter here. just enough roastiness. def leans more towards the porter side of things but has noticeable hop presence and I ended up finding this one a bit interesting.
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some caramel malty tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.
hayduke (4485) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head a good lacing. Nose of citrus. Medium body. Flavor is Aromas of resin and grapefruit. Med+ body. Flavor is coffee and chocolate with a lot of citrus. Dry bitter finish. Quite tasty.
Fatehunter (2125) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a finger of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is roasted malt and bright lemon, grapefruit and pine.
The taste is creamy and citrus bitterness, an interesting, but good mixture.
The texture is soft and smooth.
It’s really enjoyable.
jjgmd (1950) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
With Z, a 22...pours a rich deep dark black pour with a nice Java head. Nose is malt wth hops and some licorice notes. Taste is hoppy , with nicely balanced malt , and mild bitterness. Finishes on the dry tasting notes with an abrupt ending . Solid ! Quaff Score 7 / 10
zgaier (1883) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours brown with a tan head and aroma of hops and roasted malt. Taste is hoppy as well with pine and citrusy notes finishing with roasted malt and toasty notes into the bitter finish.
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very deep brown/black color with an amazing tan, very cream head that has very strong staying power. Nose is very well balanced between a heavily toasted malt and a pungent citrus and bitter hoppiness. Flavor starts off a sweet caramel note but quickly transitions to a toasted Baltic porter flavor with a good dose of citrus and resiny hops. Body is very dense and high but very fine carbonation which is perfect. This beer had been aging a bit and seems really, really good with a little age (1-1.5 years). Overall a very good offering by sam.
rollinsr (548) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - AUG 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours midnight brown with fluffy tan head. Aroma is strong dark and figgy with mainly dark fruit notes. Flavor carries the fruits with some chocolate nutty dark malts as well with a smoky aftertaste.
JMerritt (1931) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours a very dark browned amber with a medium sized tan head. Nose is slightly piney atop caramels, charred wood and a touch of balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Caramels and toffees dominate the initial flavor, but it quickly turns into spicy and earthy hops. Finish is toasty breads and cocoa.
Beerdedone (3188) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, pine, coffee and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, pine, molasses, citrus and light caramel.
Svesse (7701) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Brownish black colour with lasting, frothy, beige head. Roasted, hoppy nose with notes of black rye bread, pine needles, orange peel, dark chocolate, prunes, coffee and hints of mint. Malty, roasted taste with black rye bread, orange peel, prunes, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, black coffee, molasses and a generous piney bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, with a certain sweetness. Quite sweet for a black IPA, making it more like a hoppy brown porter (which seems to be some of the idea here). Not the most refined in the style, but still a nice one.