koleminer20 (859) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at HopCat in East Lansing. Pours more of a reddish brown than a black. Thin, thin head. Light lacing. Smells quite hoppy, with subtle roasted undertones. The flavor is very hoppy, so much so that it overwhelms any other potential contributor. The finish is dry, but really thin, leaving a little desire to have the flavor linger.
cpetrone84 (1589) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark black with a mostly tight dark tan head. Nose has a light smoke to it, some malt depth with chocolate, and a faint citrusy hop behind. Taste is much smokier, complex malt of caramel and chocolate, hops are light and like the nose citrusy. Not much bitterness, lingering smoke, decent carbonation, lighter body and very smooth.
Mittenator (1501) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (from backlog). Near black pour with a tan/grey head. Big hops and malt aromas. Piney and malty. A well blended beer.
Reynolds314 (2687) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
As with most Shorts beers Im not very impressed. Astringent bitterness is the name of the game here. Aspirin and tire rubber accent a piney hoppy beer. lots of charcoal pine and aspirin.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep garnet body, thick puffy, dirty tan head. Nose of spicy hops, spruce and pine needles, burnt fall leaves, chocolate, and hints of licorice. Soft body, floral and bitter with tons of tannic pine and spruce; toasty with very light sweetness. Very bitter, tannic finish. Leathery. Very good.
574deadzone (1139) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Wheatberry. Awesome brew all around. Pours pitch black with a thicker mocha cap that settles down and leaves some big sticky lacing. Nose involves a healthy dose of pine, earth, coffee and roasted malts, some citrus, spice notes, vanilla, dark cacao and pepper. Nicely bitter with just a light sweetness that hardly peeks through. Medium bodied, prickly, zesty, with a spicy hop finish. Wow. Glad this was on tap. Good stuff.
madmitch76 (16890) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12th January 2012
Opaque black - brown beer, tidy pale tan head. Light palate. Semi dry. Mildly roasted dark malts. A little piney hop and a and trace of insipid red berry fruits underneath. Finishes semi dry. An okay black IPA but there are many very good ones around and this is a little underwhelming.
Beerman6686 (4999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one poured a medium brown color with a beige head. Aroma of herbal and piney hops, together with roasted malt and light burnt coffee. Flavor was a good blend of earthy and herbal hops, light grapefruit, and some roast bitterness. Above average Black IPA
jredmond (5841) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Brendan and Paul. Pours a deep brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is pine, resin, soap, and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation and notes of grapefruit, pine, light floral character, light cocoa, and light roast. Very Nice Black IPA.
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in my Ratebeer Tulip: Pours a deep brown near black with a lasting frothy tan head. The aroma has notes of dank, grassy, citric hops along with charred, roasted and bready malts. A bit earthy but this is all about the hops and char. Aggressive biting resiny and lightly juicy hops over a layer of dark malts with a touch of pepper on the finish. There is a unique industrial taste and feel about the finish I am not a fan of however which takes the scores down a bit. Overall it is a solid enough brew but I have better in this genre (including my homebrew).