devman171 (1220) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours black with low head. Aroma is pine resin and roast, taste is similar with a nice dry bitter finish
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 11/08/13 (?) and poured into a shaker pint. Part of a $10 Mix-a-Six at Fairway Sav-Mor in Eastpointe, Michigan.
Appearance: Crystal clear ruby black with a creamy sand colored head on top. Incredible sip-for-sip lacing. Perfect in my book.
Smell: Holy hops, they aren’t fooling around with this beer. Massive pine and earthy notes, with citrus undertones. A slight roastiness, but that super hoppy smell doesn’t match its dark color.
Taste/feel: More of those hops. Tastes nothing like a black ale to me until the beer reaches the middle of the mouth and on the finish, when the roasty bitterness couples with the hops. A pretty damn bitter beer, so prepare yourself. Very dry, resinous, pleasant lingering hoppiness on the finish. Medium body with a medium carbonation, making this a pretty easy drinking beer, even with the lack of balance. Tasty stuff. Additionally, is this beer seriously 5%? It feels like it could easily be about 7%. I find it incredible that this beer’s ABV is what it is.
Nephilium (1498) - Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hoppy aroma, with a hint of roast. Pours a dark ruby red, with a thin tan head. Solid flavor, starting with roast, fading into some grassy hop notes. Long lingering bitter finish, a quite tasty Black IPA.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep black appearance. Medium khaki head. Citrus pine and malt. Maybe a little too light bodied. Ok balance.
-- rated with beerbasher
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown almost black. No head. Roasted spicy and floral hop aroma. Floral hops, roasted malt, and hints of citrus rind. Not much to it. Low carbonation and light body kind of ruined this for me. Maybe a bad batch?
bpar73 (666) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Floral hop with roasted malt undertones in the taste and aroma. Smooth, not overly bitter finish. Nice
DrSilverworm (8547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4oz on tap at HopCat East Lansing during the Shorts tap takeover. Dark brown slightly reddish color. Thin ring of off-white / tan head. Decent ropes of lace. Oh man, awesome nose. Chocolate, roast, awesome earthy herbal hop. Light spice. Bigger body. Smooth, lightly soft lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Good moderate bitter taste. Piney, chocolate in flavor. Very tasty, awesome black IPA. Shorts does it right.
koleminer20 (999) - 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 (1705) - 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 (1605) - 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.