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.
thorongil2 (915) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) (batch #2) clear very dark brown colour with a tall brown head, aromas start with sour fruit, then molasses, stewed fruit, chocolate cake; thin and a bit slick palate; pleasant, intense balanced flavour; definitely more of a baltic porter than ipa
sodakotakid (212) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark brown with a large darker tan head. This beer has a good chocolate and roasted flavor. There is some really good dark fruits and a sweet licorice flavor!!
zvsn (287) - ISRAEL - NOV 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Black IPA tasting in Beer&Beyond shop. Pours deep brown with a decent beige head. Sweet fruits and roasted aroma. Taste - sweet, dark fruits, caramel, raisins, chocolate, mild bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Nice.
LearninBeer (308) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is malty - caramel; hops - citrus; yeast - earthy. Pours a dark brown/black with big light brown head, mostly diminishing; clear; excellent lacing. The taste is bitter, sour and I guess umami (trying to figure that one out). The body is medium-full; the texture creamy and slick; the finish bitter with a long astringent (not something I usually like). Good but comes up short after having a Stone IPA.
joeworrall (46) - USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tough to be objective drinking this head to head against North Coast Old Rasputin stout. Itís good, with an interesting blend of 6 different hops & 2 malts. Itís touted as a Baltic Porter, but the hops aroma & flavor make me think itís a dark IIPA
SpongeRuiner (423) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to HisBoyElroy for the split. Most of my Sam Adams will probably come from this Sam Adams lover. Iím not the biggest fan. I remember it being very mediocre.
viyh (71) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is definitely unique and has a lot of character. Itís not like anything else Iíve ever tasted. The immediate flavor was a strong fig/grape aroma which quickly changes into a caramel sweetness on the back of the tongue. Definitely a beer that should be on everyoneís bucket list.
jgentgesdo (659) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with small tan head. Nose is dasrk fruit and caramel, roasted malts, marmalade. Fairly sweet, slightly oily mouthfeel that is very enjoyable.
DedicatedToFun (1540) - SoCal, California, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good black ipa, thank you bevmo, bomber, roasty, hoppy, nice tan head, dark pour, good
BOSSbrewer (1026) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I'm not a fan of black ipas. The mix of hops and roast doesn't always work. It does here though. Nice smooth beer.