superspak (3239) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/30/2012. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, mango, orange zest, pineapple, toast, pine, roasted malt, light char, grass, floral, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with a great hop profile and solid roasted malt backbone. Taste of big dark roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, light char, pineapple, toast, floral, grass, and piney spiciness. Nice amount of pine and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, toast, pineapple, roasted malt, light char, coffee, pine, floral, grass, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and hop complexity; with a nice roasted malt backbone that is well balanced with the hop flavors; almost zero cloying flavors are present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming present on the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA! Great hop flavor profile and balance with roasted malts; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.
arminjewell (8522) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at Crunchy’s, dark reddish orange pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, rye, spice, touch of fruit into citrus, some pine, hints of earth. Taste was a mix of orange, caramel, toffee into some pine, grass, toasted bread, rye and spice, finishing slightly bitter.
Criz (189) - - MAY 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black iPas are not my favorite, but this one is pretty good. Pours a deep black with a foamy tan head. Nice floras notes finished with a toasty malted flavor. Flavors of roasted malts, slight floral flavor finished by a coffee flavor.
FROMTHEBOTTLE (28) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pour is very dark. Head fades to tight tan ring. Floral notes dominate the nose as do roasted malts. Distinct bitterness shines through on the finish. Licorice and cocao are evident but oveshadowed by the bitterness. More-so than you would expect. Hard to get over that.
Mr_Abner (135) - Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a light tan head that leaves behind a mess of lacing after a few drinks. Aromas of citrus and roasted malts, some alcohol apparent as it warms. Tastes of roasted malts and fruity hops, strong bitterness. Medium bodied, average carbonation, bitter finish.
SpongeRuiner (897) - Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another from Shorts. This one pours a dark black color. With a smooth long lasting light brown head. It settles still into an interesting oil on water look. A dark roasty licorice aroma. With a background of malt and citrus hops. A bright floral hop flavor right upfront. A sharp carbonation on the throat and tongue. A big roasty flavor comes back in the end. With warmth of cocoa flavors. Very unique.
eaglebones (69) - Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Black color with medium tan head. Aroma is strong pine with hints of dark chocolate. Medium body with light carbonation. Slight sweetness of chocolate, but that is overpowered by a strong hoppy pine flavor that lingers on the palate.
Mark_Eck (997) - - JUN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown. Aroma is dark fruits and malts. Taste is similar to aroma with a bitter finish.
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is black with a thin off-white head. Aroma of dark malt, roasted wood, caramel, and spruce tree. Flavor is a bit more bitter - coffee, smoked malt, with a hop finish.
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: Deep, deep brown, black in the middle. Thick, light-tan head foams up with nice staying power. Aroma of heavy pines, resins, & dank hop oils up front with just a mild touch of roast back-end. Light char, bitter citrus peel. More pine needles, oily hop resin, & mild hemp in the flavor. Touch of dank; bitter, but not overly abrasive. Mid-palate, the hops settle & malt shows up, lightly toasted & caramely with subtle roast & dry cocoa powder. Very lightly sticky finish, lingering citrus peels & faint roasted malt. Overall, a very solid & tasty black IPA.
TheBear11D (361) - Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bludgeon Yer Eye pours a dark brownish plumb with a light tan brown head that lasts a good while. The aroma is floral, raisin and with a bit of cheese. The flavor is raisin, earthy and some cheese. Overall this is a pretty good brew.